Daniel Barenboim, Iván Fischer and the Budapest Festival Orchestra to perform together in Budapest’s largest Synagogue
For the last two years, the Budapest Festival Orchestra has been bringing music to abandoned synagogues all over Hungary. Over half million Hungarian Jews were killed in the Holocaust and today most synagogues in Hungarian towns and villages are either abandoned or used for non-religious purposes. The Budapest Festival Orchestra provides free concerts to the local communities all over Hungary in these forgotten synagogues. A guest rabbi tells the story of the Jewish community that once thrived in the locality and enlightens the audience about the history of the building and about Jewish customs.
When a symphony orchestra lays down their instruments and starts to sing, the result is amazing. Especially if a Hungarian ensemble sings in Chinese or Korean. The Budapest Festival Orchestra (BFO) got audiences out of their seats in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Xi’an and Seoul. And those who were there in the Chinese capital got to experience the world première of Iván Fischer’s latest composition, completed just days beforehand and performed by Dejan Lazić.
It was close that the Chinese violinist Ning Feng almost became something totally different from a musician. He is a really sensitive and lyrical soloist who could also imagine himself as a chef or a photographer. He plays a Dutilleux violin concerto with the Budapest Festival Orchestra in September. Enjoy the interview with him!
It is a rarity in music history that a cimbalom and a cello meet. This is exactly what will happen in 25 September, at the concert of the Budapest Festival Orchestra. Get tuned with the French cimbalom player, Françoise Rivalland.
Eternal but in constant flux, French culture will take the spotlight from 21 to 28 September at this year’s Bridging Europe festival, a joint production by the Budapest Festival Orchestra (BFO) and Müpa Budapest. The programme series, which ranges from French baroque through lighter genres to contemporary music, will feature Academy Award winner Michel Legrand and the jazz violin virtuoso Jean-Luc Ponty. This year’s Bridging Europe festival will include musical curiosities, international stars, an evening of literary performance, dancing, and a folk tale play.
At a time when style overwhelmingly predominates over substance, and meritocracy is engaged in a deadly battle with marketing, it was refreshing to be able to hear an ensemble like the Budapest Festival Orchestra, whose mission under their founder and music director extends to no more than the principled realisation of the music before them. Here is an orchestra with a truly sophisticated command of the vital spiritual, intellectual and technical facility essential for bringing music properly to life. Critical review by Seen and Heard.
László Herboly, the percussionist of the Budapest Festival Orchestra will play in several programmes of the Bridging Europe festival between 21 and 28 September, Müpa Budapest. Why is it worth participating? You can find the answers in this interview by Magyar Narancs below.
Most Proms are a miscellany, and none the worse for that. But there’s a special pleasure to be had from Proms that wrap us in the expressive world of a single composer, and explore its less familiar aspects. Critical review by Ivan Hewett, The Telegraph.
One of the highlights of their European tour came when the Budapest Festival Orchestra (BFO) gave a five-star performance at the BBC Proms, one of the greatest classical music festivals in the world. The recording of the concert is available to hear for the next month through the BBC’s website. The ten-day tour began in residence in San Sebastian and concluded at an amusement park in Copenhagen.