This concert selects from the German and Hungarian song literature of the past 120 years in keeping with the German-Hungarian theme of the Bridging Europe festival. Works from 20th century composers who are now considered classical (Bartók and Schönberg) are joined on the programme by the great figures of the post-war music (Kurtág, Ligeti, Lachenmann, Reimann), as well as a representative of a much younger generation (Kampe). The singers also stand on either side of the German-Hungarian 'bridge' as Lilla Horti takes to the stage with the young German star Benjamin Appl.
The concert programme has an unusual arc and begins right off with something of a 'cuckoo's egg': József Balog, who takes on the duties of piano accompanist for the evening and is one of the most acclaimed interpreters of the 20th century and contemporary repertoire, will open the evening with an exciting piano piece by Helmuth Lachenmann. The composition entitled "Berlin Cherry Blossom" deconstructs a well-known Berlin operetta hit, with the dainty melody torn to atonal shreds by the end of the... movement. This leads into Bartók's rarely heard Ady songs through Reimann's shocking arrangement of Celan to György Ligeti's beautiful musical rendition of Hölderlin. Following the interval, Kurtág's Hölderlin responds to that of Ligeti, before we return to the beginning of the century following Kampe's excellent cycle written for bass clarinet, piano and soprano. This will not take the form of Bartók's modernism, however, but the world of popular music indicated at the start of the concert. To close the evening, Lilla Horti and Benjamin Appl will select from Schönberg's Cabaret Songs, which he wrote in 1901 as an unknown composer for the first Berlin cabaret, Überbrettl.
Presented by: Müpa Budapest
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