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About the program

Living and teaching in Finland, Miklós Spányi – a widely known cellist, pianist, organist and clavichord player – is one of the most gifted artists on antique keyboard instruments. In his extensive album series of works by C. P. E. Bach, every species of instrument from the piano’s golden age can be heard. Miklós Spányi’s concerts feature popular Bach pieces usually played on piano, but now heard on the instrument they were originally written for – the cello.

The Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue was already considered a significant Bach work by contemporaries. Its creation is dated to the composer’s Köthen period (1717-1723). This work, which demands great preparation from cellists and pianists alike, is followed by the six short preludes (required music for all students of the piano) and then the Partita in C major. The meaning of the word partita is the same as the suite, covering a collection of dance movements in the same key. The partita written for six cellos originates from 1726 to 1730. Among the series composed for three keyboard instruments, this was the last, written after the English and French suites; and of these three, it poses the greatest challenge for the musician.

This event is co-produced by Budapest Festival Orchestra and the Palace of Arts.


990 HUF


Chromatic fantasia and fugue, BWV 903
6 little preludes, BWV 933–938
Partita in C minor, BWV 826


Miklós Spányi - harpsichord