Despite their contrasting design and characteristics, there is much that the cimbalom (a type of dulcimer) and the tárogató (a variation on the clarinet) have in common. Both were the brainchild of Venczel József Schunda, a hugely influential instrument‐maker of the late 19th century.
The first part of the concert will see Gy. László Kiss, clarinettist to the Festival Orchestra, play the tárogató. He will also perform a selection of folk music accompanied by viola player Péter Árendás and András Lelkes on double bass. Although he will also perform in Part 1, Kálmán Balogh and his cimbalom will take centre stage after the interval. Balogh shot to worldwide fame as a folk musician, while his counterpart Miklós Lukács specialises more in jazz and contemporary music. Their repertoire consists primarily of variations on folk songs and a handful of their own compositions in new arrangements.
Kálmán Balogh, Miklós Lukács, and Gy. László Kiss
Part 1: Gy. László Kiss Tárogató Trió Featuring: Kálmán Balogh
Part 2: Kálmán Balogh and Miklós Lukács Cimbalom Duo Accompanied by András Dés and Csaba Novák