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About the program

More mature Hungarian music fans may remember how, when historical performance styles first appeared in Hungary sometime around the late 1970s or early 1980s, there was a great debate in the journal Muzsika about how it was possible to know a composer’s precise intentions towards performances of their early music or how a certain work would have been performed at the time of its conception, and if anyone knew Bach’s phone number. Nowadays we see the debate as just another part of music history. At the very beginning of the 1980s, Capella Savaria became the first Hungarian ensemble to specialise in baroque and classical music. Others followed later. However belatedly they may have appeared compared to happier parts of the world, historical performances have won widespread respect and can now lay claim to a large camp of supporters. In its relatively few years of history, the Festival Orchestra’s baroque ensemble has made a name for itself; its superb concerts are very well received by both reviewers and audiences alike.  The two concerts in our new series will even see our ensemble’s musicians performing in chamber formations.

The first concert could be seen as obligatory listening material for a music history course, with pieces by defining composers all the way from early baroque to the early classical period. Samuel Scheidt, a great organist, composer and teacher, was born in the 16th century, in 1587, and died in 1654. Following compositions by Telemann, Johann Sebastian Bach and Vivaldi, we will be hearing two songs by the ‘London and Milan’ Bach, Johann Christian, who was Johann Sebastian and Anna Magdalena’s eleventh child, and who wrote these songs for his concerts at Vauxhall Gardens in London.


3 000 HUF


Samuel Scheidt: Pavana
Samuel Scheidt: Galliard Battaglia
Samuel Scheidt: Ludi Musici – Canzon super ‘O Nachbar Roland’
Georg Philipp Telemann: Suite for Two Violins ‘Gulliver’s Travels’, TWV 40.108
Georg Philipp Telemann: Concerto for Four Violins in G major, TWV 40.201
Johann Sebastian Bach: Sonata for Violin and Harpsichord in G minor, BWV 1030R
Johann Christian Bach: Ah, why shou’d love with tyrant sway, WH 27
Antonio Vivaldi: In furore iustissimae irae, RV 626
Johann Christian Bach: Cease a while ye winds to blow, WH 36


Györgyi Czirók, soprano viola da gamba
János Pilz, soprano viola da gamba, violin
Eszter Lesták Bedő, alto viola da gamba, violin
Gyöngyvér Oláh, violin
Emese Gulyás, violin
Gabriella Takácsné Nagy, violin
Ágnes Csoma, viola
Kousay Mahdi, cello
Rita Sovány, bass viola da gamba
Soma Dinyés, bass viola da gamba
Attila Martos, double-bass
Gábor Tokodi, lute
Gergely Hamar, oboe
Edit Kőházi, oboe
Gergő Farkas, bassoon
László Feriencsik, bassoon
Zoltán Szőke, horn
András Szabó, horn
Judit Varga, harpsichord
Éva Bodrogi, soprano