BFO
Budapest Festival Orchestra

Bridging Europe: Schubert, Berio, Bach, Respighi

Bridging Europe

Müpa Budapest, Béla Bartók National Concert Hall September 22, 2019, 15:30

Nora Fischer (mezzo-soprano) • Conductor: Iván Fischer

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About the concert

Franz Schubert – Luciano Berio: Rendering

Luciano Berio: Folk Songs

Johann Sebastian Bach – Ottorino Respighi: Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 659

Ottorino Respighi: Pines of Rome

The greatest Italian symphonic composers of the 19th and 20th centuries, building bridges between nations, periods and styles, in concert with the singer Nora Fischer, Iván Fischer’s world-renowned daughter.

The Bridging Europe festival, in addition to Orfeo – performed with Iván Fischer’s own ending – will also introduce audiences to Luciano Berio’s and Ottorino Respighi’s takes on early music. The programme will feature these interpretations as well as original works by the two composers.

An original work… Rendering could also be called that, for even though it builds on Schubert’s sketches, Berio’s piece is far more than a reinterpretation. Notes produced by the Austrian composer prior to his death suggest a symphony no. 10 was in the works; spiced with Berio’s music, however, they provide the foundations of an exciting and vibrant piece bridging periods. Folk Songs brings together nations: from the Americans and the Armenians to the French, Italians and the Azeris. The eleven songs showcase a total of nine languages or dialects. The song cycle, which was composed to match the abilities of the outstanding singer of the day, Berio’s first wife, Cathy Berberian, will be performed this time by the extraordinarily colourful Nora Fischer. Moving adroitly between styles and languages, the vocally multifaceted Fischer has been called a fitting successor to Berberian by the composer Louis Andriessen.

The Bach choral interpretation “Come, Saviour of the Pagans” has been reworked by many over the centuries, including by the Italian impressionist composer Respighi, who transformed Bach’s choral prelude into an orchestral piece. “Roman Triptych” is Respighi’s best-known work. Its second piece, in four movements, describes the pines of Rome at various times of day, around the city. The richly arranged music includes an organ and a celesta, with the nightingale’s song reproduced by a phonograph in the third movement.