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Baroque Concert with the Budapest Festival Orchestra: F. Scarlatti, Hasse, Telemann, Pisendel, Handel

Budapest, Liszt Academy Concert Center — Grand Hall

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About the Event

Step back into history and experience the grandeur of Baroque music at the beautiful Liszt Academy Concert Center in Budapest.

Immerse yourself in an evening of Baroque treasures at the BFO's pre‐Christmas early music concert. Half a dozen musical gems, spanning spirited movements, poignant arias, and captivating concertos, promise to enchant the audience.

Under the masterful guidance of Rachel Podger, heralded by the Times as 'the unsurpassed British glory of the baroque violin,' the ensemble and violin concerto come alive. Accompanying this will be opera and cantata excerpts delivered by the luminous Rowan Pierce, a young soprano whose voice BBC Music Magazine lauds as 'clear, strong, supple, sparkling, and warm.' The esteemed Sigrid T’Hooft, a leading connoisseur of Baroque choreography, orchestrates this not‐to‐be‐missed performance.

Dive into the Legacy of the Scarlatti Family: While six concertos published in 1740 bear Alessandro Scarlatti's name, orchestration credit goes to Charles Avison. Interestingly, only four of these pieces are Alessandro's brainchild his lesser‐known brother, Francesco, crafted the other two, including the emotive F major sonata.

Hasse’s Opera Magic: In 1731, Hasse spun the tale of Alexander the Great’s duel with King Porus into an opera, featuring Cleophis, a fictional heroine portrayed by Hasse’s wife in the debut. Her aria, a melody of reassurance towards a possessive husband, stands out.

Telemann’s Personal Touch: Known for his flair with the recorder, Telemann's Concerto in F major showcases an expressive range. This piece is a true testimony to Telemann's intimate bond with the instrument, giving both the bassoon solo and other instrumentalists their moments in the spotlight.

Pisendel's Underappreciated Genius: Johann Georg Pisendel, an associate of Telemann and student of Vivaldi, left an indelible mark in Dresden's musical tapestry. Despite his significant contributions, his works remain relatively unsung. His Violin Concerto in G minor elegantly traverses moods, from graceful to playful.

Hasse's Orchestral Brilliance: In just nine minutes, the three‐movement finale of Hasse's orchestral series encapsulates a world of emotions: from the exuberance of a storm to the serene pace of a walk, culminating in an exhilarating finale.

Handel's Secular Narrative: Handel, adapting to an opera prohibition in Rome, crafted secular cantatas, notably 'Da quel giorno fatale' or 'The Delirium of Love'. Echoing the tale of Orpheus, it recounts a tale of love unreturned. Beyond the poignant vocal narrative, Handel crafted memorable solos for a range of instruments.

Join us for a voyage through time, celebrating the lesser‐known composers and the luminaries of the Baroque era.


  • Francesco Scarlatti/Charles Avison – Concerto In F Major, S. 1187, No. 3
  • Johann Adolph Hasse – “Se mai turbo il tuo riposo” (“If I disturbed thy rest”) – aria from Cleofide
  • Georg Philipp Telemann – Concerto for recorder and bassoon In F Major, TWV 52:F1
  • Johann Georg Pisendel – Violin concerto In G Minor, JUNP I.1
  • Johann Adolph Hasse – Sinfonia in G Minor, Op. 5, No. 6
  • Georg Friedrich Händel – Il delirio amoroso (The delirium of love) – Cantata, HWV 99
Program is subject to change


Orchestra: Budapest Festival Orchestra
Soloist: Sigrid T’hooft
Soprano: Rowan Pierce
Conductor: Rachel Podger
Violin: Rachel Podger

Liszt Academy Concert Center

The Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music was founded in 1875 by Liszt himself, and was initially called the Royal National Hungarian Academy of Music. Today, the building is home to a prestigious conservatory and fine concert hall, and houses the Liszt Collection, comprising the composer’s manuscripts and books. The institution's dual objective - to provide cultural education and cultural entertainment - makes it unique. The 'New Academy' is located in a grand Art-Nouveau building dominated by the statue of Liszt, one of Budapest’s architectural gems. The season offers not only classical concerts, but also jazz, folk, and contemporary music performances.


Liszt Academy Concert Center, Liszt Ferenc tér 8., Budapest, Hungary — Google Maps

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