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Orchestral Concert: Bach, Ligeti, Brahms

Budapest, Palace of Arts — Bela Bartok National Concert Hall

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In this highly‐anticipated concert, hear the sounds of classical music by Bach, Ligeti and Brahms at Budapest's Palace of Arts.

The musicians of the Festival Orchestra play a suite by Bach on period instruments, to be followed immediately by a set of showpiece arias for coloratura soprano from György Ligeti’s avant‐garde “anti‐opera” performed by the award‐winning German soprano Anna‐Lena Elbert, still in her late twenties and finally, after visits to the extremes, comes a kind of synthesis, the bittersweet, far more reserved and conservative Brahms symphony. The skips between centuries produce seemingly irreconcilable opposites that in fact attract each other. Baroque and contemporary music are a particularly good match, while Brahms’ flowing melodies give a rest to the listener who may have been exhausted by this time travel and such modern sounds.


  • Bach, Johann Sebastian – Orchestral Suite No. 4 in D Major BWV 1069
  • Ligeti, György – Mysteries of the Macabre / Three Arias from Le Grand Macabre
  • Brahms, Johannes – Symphony No. 3 in F Major, op. 90
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Orchestra: Budapest Festival Orchestra

Conductor: Fischer, Ivan

Ivan Fischer is one of the world's most sought‐after conductors. Chief Conductor of the Konzerthausorchester Berlin since the 2012/13 season, he was the founder of the Budapest Festival Orchestra in 1983, and he enjoys a close partnership with the Vienna State Opera. Ivan Fischer has won numerous awards, and he has performed in practically every major concert house in the world.

Soprano: Elbert, Anna‐Lena


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