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About the program

For this Budapest concert, tonight’s Finnish conductor is fittingly bringing with him two works by his fellow citizens. He will open with a contemporary piece by Magnus Lindberg, born in 1958, and close with the second symphony by the most internationally known classical composer of Finnish music, Sibelius.

Lindberg’s orchestral work, Feria was composed between 1995 and 1997. The title emphasises the hustle and bustle qualities of the work through the Spanish word feria (carnival). Lindberg’s piece premiered in 1997 at the BBC Proms in London, where it was played by the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and conducted by Jukka-Pekka Saraste. Critics noted the Spanish fiesta-like energies emanating from the piece, as well as Lindberg’s dazzling, colourful, yet clear, orchestration.

Between the two Finnish works which frame the programme, a well-known piece will be played. Dvořák is one of the Festival Orchestra’s favourite composers. The orchestra produced a critically-acclaimed recording of this Violin concerto, conducted by Iván Fischer alongside soloist Akiko Suwanai. The work, first composed in 1879 and then twice revised, was originally dedicated to one of the best violinists of the era, József Joachim, who greatly assisted the composer with suggestions.

Tonight’s performance is going to be the season’s second Sibelius symphony. The oeuvre of the great Finnish national composer has not been given due credit in Hungary. Which is why the orchestra is dedicating two concerts to attracting new devotees to this noteworthy Northern composer, whose works serve to fill a niche. Sibelius’ oeuvre is dominated by symphonic works; his seven symphonies and five symphonic poems are an integral part of the concert canon in Northern and Western Europe. Besides their originality, the symphonies’ characters are typically influenced by a mixture of Romanticism and nascent Modernism, as well as by Tchaikovsky, Wagner and Finnish folk music. His second symphony, composed in 1901, also bears the marks of Tchaikovsky’s influence. The symphony is regarded by many to be the composer’s musical statement, through which he didicated himself to a Finland fighting for independence.


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Season tickets

Solti A (2015/16), Solti B (2015/16)


Magnus Lindberg: Feria
Antonín Dvořák: Violin concerto in A minor, Op. 53
Jean Sibelius: Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 43


Jukka-Pekka Saraste


Christian Tetzlaff, violin