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liszt bicentenary – 2011

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JAN | FEB 2011

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january 16 Jan ≥ page 04 • concert Budapest Festival Orchestra 16 Jan ≥ page 06 • concert The Marmara Trio 19 Jan ≥ page 07 • film club Bánk Bán by Csaba Káel 20 Jan ≥ page 08 • exhibition Parallel Gazes by Szabolcs KissPál 24 & 25 Jan ≥ page 09 • theatre Les Corbeaux (‘The Crows’) 25 Jan ≥ page 10 • concert Takács Quartet

26 Jan ≥ page 11 • liszt bicentenary Pre-Concert Talk by Karl Lutchmayer 26 Jan ≥ page 12 • liszt bicentenary Duets for piano and violin by Barnabás Kelemen and Gergely Bogányi 27 Jan ≥ page 13 • liszt bicentenary Pre-Concert Talk by Ross Alley 27 Jan ≥ page 13 • liszt bicentenary Faust Symphony on piano by Edit Klukon and Dezsô Ránki 28 Jan ≥ page 14 • liszt bicentenary Liszt Award winner Alexei Chernov (piano) 28 Jan ≥ page 15 • liszt bicentenary The Joyful Company of Singers 28 Jan ≥ page 16 • liszt bicentenary The Jánosi Ensemble 29 Jan ≥ page 17 • liszt bicentenary Trinity Laban 29 Jan ≥ page 17 • liszt bicentenary Dénes Várjon (piano)

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27 Jan ≥ page 19 • concert Infernal Dance: Inside the World of Béla Bartók

february 16 Feb ≥ page 20 • concert The Marmara Trio 17 Feb ≥ page 20 • concert The Marmara Trio 17 Feb ≥ page 20 • film club Three weddings 20 Feb ≥ page 21 • concert Heaven Street Seven


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First of all, I would like to wish you a very happy new year on behalf of the Hungarian Cultural Centre! 2011 is a very important year for Hungary as it is the start of its EU Presidency period which brought many opportunities for us to work with amazing artists and prestigious partners such as the Royal Academy of Arts, the Royal Festival Hall, the Royal Opera House, the Southbank Centre, the London Mime Festival and many more. This year also marks the world renowned composer, Ferenc Liszt’s Bicentenary. A lot to celebrate – and in style! As you may remember, last autumn the amazing exhibition, Treasures from Budapest, at the Royal Academy of Arts started the line of exclusive celebratory events. Much to our delight, this exhibition was met with a very warm welcome and it gave us a unique chance to show Hungary’s vast contribution to the European cultural heritage. The Times highlighted Hungary’s rich cultural history preceding the communist era apropo of the exhibition, calling it ‘one of the wealthiest and most cultured countries in Europe’ and The Guardian review called the event a ‘true blockbuster.’ The first major event of 2011 is a Budapest Festival Orchestra concert conducted by Iván Fischer at the Royal Festival Hall on 16 January. At the end of the month (26–29 January), Kings Place will be home to our Liszt Week. Ferenc Liszt, a true musical Renaissance Man, was not only the most technically advanced pianist of his era

and an innovative conductor, but someone who dedicated his music, his life, to helping other people. This series of concerts includes the folk music that inspired him, a premier of his Faust Symphony arranged for two pianos, and a kaleidoscope of Hungarian chamber and choral music performed by a host of exceptional musicians whose visit to London is rare. Here I would like to stop to say special thanks to Lord Londonderry, our honorary patron, Professor Alan Walker, our artistic consultant, and last but not least, Audrey J. Ellison, our curator for their indispensable contribution to the Liszt Year. Besides these amazing musical performances, look out for the London International Mime Festival, our film screenings and a surprising visual treat, an exhibition titled Parallel Gazes at the Hungarian Cultural Centre also this month. And finally, just a little preview: 2011 will give way to our series of events in the field of photography – vintage and modern. There will be a possibly once in a lifetime opportunity to look through the lens of such greats as Brassai, Capa, Kertész, Moholy-Nagy and Munkácsi in June at the Royal Academy of Arts’ second show focusing on Hungary titled Eyewitness: Hungarian Photography in the 20th Century. We are very proud to present you a great variety of cultural events throughout the year and hope to see you at many of them. Please check our website for the latest news. Dr. Ildikó Takács Director, Cultural Councillor

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To launch the joint celebrations marking the Hungarian Presidency of the EU Council and the Liszt Bicentenary, the Embassy of the Republic of Hungary, the Hungarofest Non-Profit Ltd. and the Hungarian Cultural Centre are proud to support the Budapest Festival Orchestra in concert at the Royal Festival Hall.

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Sunday | 16 January | 7 pm ≥

Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX

e CONCERT Budapest Festival Orchestra Known for their direct, spontaneous way of playing, the Budapest Festival Orchestra performs a colourful programme of symphonic classics under the baton of co-founder, Iván Fischer, celebrated for his originality and sense of 'event'.

iván fischer conducting the budapest festival orchestra

Haydn’s Symphony No.92 (Oxford), written in 1789, is an example of the composer’s mastery of the Classical symphony, creating a work brimming with warm, lyrical episodes, elegant melodies and exuberant rhythms. Liszt’s Piano Concerto No.1,


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Joseph Haydn: Symphony No.92 (Oxford) Franz Liszt: Piano Concerto No.1 in E flat interval Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No.6 (Pastoral)

Iván Fischer › conductor Stephen Hough › piano

Behind the scenes with the BFOBFO Those interested in a very special day with the orchestra should register with the British Friends of the BFO. The programme includes the attendance in the last hour of rehearsal in the main hall, a gathering of the BFO members, guests and friends in a private function room with wine and soft drinks, a participation of an on-stage interview of Maestro Iván Fischer, a meeting with representatives of the orchestra management, and, if you registered for that, the concert at 7 pm. At the interval refreshments will again be available in a private meeting room. ∆ Donation is £50 per person, which will include a ticket for the performance that evening. If you have already bought your concert tickets, then a donation of £20 per person would apply only. RSVP by 7 January 2011. Please contact Christopher Daniels for reservations and information via e-mail: daniels.budapest@gmail.com or call +36 30 952 7779.

Sunday | 16 January | 6.30 pm ≥

Kings Place, 90 York Way, London N1 9AG

e CONCERT The Marmara Trio concerts in January-February 2011 Mine Dogantan (piano) was born in Istanbul and studied at the Istanbul Conservatory with Verda Ün. After receiving a BA in Philosophy from Bogazici University, she continued her music studies at the Juilliard School of Music in New York with Oxana Yablonskaya. She won the prestigious William Petschek award for piano performance. Mine is the founder of the Marmara Piano Trio, and the recipient of an AHRC award for her research in chamber music performance. She was awarded Dozency in 2002 and Professorship in 2008 by the Turkish Ministry of Education. She has taught at Columbia University, New York and at Yeditepe University, Istanbul.

programme Joseph Haydn: Piano Trio in E major Hob.28/XV Maurice Ravel: Piano Trio in A minor Antonín Dvorˇák: Piano Trio in F minor Op.65

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∆ Tickets are £38, £30, £24, £18, £14, £11, £9, Premium seats £50. A limited number of concession tickets (50% off) are available. For ticketing enquiries please contact the Box Office on 0844 875 0073 or visit www.southbankcentre.co.uk for online booking.

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is a more passionate affair, and the perfect vehicle to show off a virtuoso’s skills through a blistering array of pianistic fireworks. Beethoven titled his Pastoral Symphony No.6, ‘Recollections of Country Life’ in the programme notes for the work’s first performance in 1808. Although he claimed this symphony is ‘a matter more of feeling than of painting in sounds’, the vividly descriptive passages indicate bird song and the sounds of a violent thunderstorm.

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Zsuzsa Berényi (violin) studied the piano at the Bartók Specialist Music School and she got her first class degree at the Liszt Academy of Music on the violin in 2006. From the age of 15 Zsuzsa took part on András Schiff’s and György Kurtág’s numerous master classes. She regularly plays in Germany and Switzerland and accompanies Dénes Zsigmondy as a sonata and violin partner. As an orchestra musician, she was a member of several groups in Hungary, both regional and Budapest orchestras. Zsuzsa collaborated with jazz pianist Tibor Márkus, which culminated in their CD with the Equinox Quartet. In addition to the Marmara Trio, Zsuzsa has worked with several other chamber orchestras, including the London Music Art, the I Maestri orchestra, the Harmony Simfonia and the Trio Spirito, appearing regularly in various London and international venues. She has been working as a violin teacher at Colourstrings, a unique music education approach promoted by the Szilvay Foundation in London.

Pál Banda began to learn the cello at the age of 9. At the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music he studied with his father, Ede Banda as well as György Kurtág and Ferenc Rados. As a soloist he has performed in his native Hungary (for Radio and TV) as well as France, Holland, Belgium, Denmark, Austria, the UK and Singapore, and was member of several ensembles including the Fitzwilliam Quartet and the Katin Piano Trio. He was cellist of the Allegri String Quartet from 1998–2008. Pál also teaches at the Purcell School and has given master classes in the USA, Greece, Singapore, France, Portugal, Norway, Hungary and England and was one of the directors of the Paxos International Festival from 1999–2004. His cello is by T&L Carcassi, 1752. ∆ For more information about the concerts and tickets, please contact m.dack@mdx.ac.uk, call 07930 485 817 or visit www.marmaratrio.com


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On the occasion of the day of the Hungarian culture we will have a special screening of the film Bánk Bán, one of the national operas of Hungary. The world renowned composer Ferenc Erkel composed the opera, and Béni Egressy adapted the script of the stage play of the same title by József Katona in 1861. (Bán is ban in English, similar to a viceroy, a duke or palatine.) The main storyline is based on the assassination of Queen Gertrúd in 1213, wife of Andrew II. The 2001 film version of this classic opera was shot mostly on location in Transylvania and in historical Hungarian towns such as Esztergom, Visegrád, Bélapátfalva and Budapest. This contemporary film evokes the 19th century romantic opera through the use of filming reminiscent of historical painting of the time and highly rich sets of costumes and props. The film features internationally renowned Hungarian opera singers including Kolos Kováts, Éva Marton, Dénes Gulyás, Attila B. Kiss, Andrea Rost and Sándor queen gertrúd and bánk bán Sólyom-Nagy. Director Csaba Káel was born in Miskolc. He graduated from the Faculty of Civil Engineering of the Budapest University of Technology, then in 1989 from the Budapest Academy of Theatre and Film, Film and Television Department, as the disciple of Károly Makk and István Szabó. He is the director of many documentaries, shorts, TV series, video clips, and of almost 300 commercials. In 1990 he took part in the East-West Producer Seminar in London. He founded the Well Done Productions together with András Wermer in 1996. He is the founding executive producer of the Hungarian Music Television (1997). He debuted as an opera director with the open-air performance of Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte in 1999. His first direction in the Hungarian State Opera was Haydn’s L’infedeltà delusa, followed by Erkel’s Bánk Bán in collaboration with Vilmos Zsigmond, the Academy Award winning director of photography. ∆ Free. For reservations, please call 020 72406162 or e-mail bookings@hungary.org.uk

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Bánk Bán › directed by Csaba Káel, 2001

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Wednesday | 19 January | 7 pm

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Thursday | 20 January | 7 pm ≥

Exhibition open: 21 January – 18 February

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e EXHIBITION Parallel Gazes by Szabolcs KissPál Edwin Heathcote, Architecture and Design critic for the Financial Times will be in conversation with the artist at the private view.

Parallel Gazes is an exhibition presenting a photographic installation of Szabolcs KissPál at the Hungarian Cultural Centre. The installation is a shortlisted entry for the open call for site specific installation at the adamesque theatre building of the Hungarian Cultural Centre in Covent Garden, London.

Sir Winston Churchill (Városliget, Budapest – Parliament Square, London)

Public monuments are forms and tools of ritual representations which enhance, control and contribute to the construction of collective memory and identity. Parallel Gazes is a photographic project investigating public monuments dedicated to historical personalities. Erected both in London and Budapest, these figures outline an alternative map of shared cultural values of two distant locations, and highlight connections of their collective memories. The photographs, taken from the viewpoint of the statues themselves, focus on the urban landscape and surrounding environment that these figures have been continuously ‘looking at’ since their erection, making explicit also the differences between the two societies and their contemporary realities. The exhibition consists of two series, the first is based on eight historical personalities to whom statues were erected in public spaces both in Budapest and London, among them the Hungarian composer Béla Bartók, Sir Winston Churchill, William Shakespeare and the Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg. The second series of photographs show Karl Marx’s statue in Highgate Cemetery in London, together with the reconstructed points of view of the once erected and subsequently removed Marx statues in Budapest. Szabolcs KissPál (1967) lives and works in Budapest, Hungary. In his multidimensional practice he is working across a wide range of media, including photography, video, installation and conceptual interventions. Moving on the intersection of new media and visual arts, KissPál focuses on social and political issues of the Hungarian and


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∆ Admission free. For reservations, please call 020 72406162 or e-mail bookings@hungary.org.uk

Monday, 24 January & Tuesday, 25 January | 7.45 pm ≥

Linbury Studio Theatre at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London

e THEATRE london international mime festival

Les Corbeaux (‘The Crows’) Everything came out of a fortuitous encounter with a Japanese crow. A few years ago, when Josef Nadj was rehearsing a solo on the roof of a theatre in Kyoto, a crow perched not far from him. Out of the glance that the dancer, in full movement, cast on the dark bird, suddenly emerged the idea of a show. The choreographer started to work on this vision. Sketches and drawings allowed him to relive the scene, a graphic step that encouraged him to go further. It was the excuse for a return to a childhood in Vojvodina, in former Yugoslavia where the crow holds an important place. The animal of wisdom, a disturbing link with mystery, the symbol of the world's unity, the crow holds the key to the cycle of life and death, the real and the dream, the divine and the diabolical. It was also the pretext for a physiological and behavioural study, involving the imitation of a movement, a gait, a flight, a landing, almost a savoir-faire. How do you become a crow on stage? Josef Nadj proposed this challenge to the musician Akosh Szelevényi, who shares his vision of the world and also knows the black birds of Central Europe’s great plain. Through their performance the man has become a bird, the body a brush, the saxophone a scream.

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Edwin Heathcote is an architect, designer and writer and has been Architecture and Design critic for the Financial Times since 1999. He has worked as a journalist and editor in the UK and in Hungary and had an architectural practice in London.

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global contemporary society. His works were widely shown internationally in Europe, Asia, and the United States, in venues such as the Venice Biennial, the Whitstable Biennial, W139 Amsterdam, NCCA Moscow, the Seoul Media Art Biennial, Apexart and ISCP in New York.

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Josef Nadj (József Nagy in Hungarian spelling) was born in 1957 in Magyarkanizsa, a Hungarian town in the region of Vojvodina in the former Yugoslavia. He studied art and music history in Budapest, then he moved to Paris in 1980. He founded his own theatre called Jel (‘sign’ in English) in 1986, the first production of which (Peking Duck, 1987) was an immediate success in France. In a short period of time Nadj became an internationally acclaimed choreographer and the director of The Centre of Choreography in Orléans. He was appointed artistic associate of the 2006 Festival of Avignon, where he continues to present his work to great acclaim and recognition. Akosh Szelevényi is ‘the best thing that has happened to French jazz, and consequently European jazz, in twelve years.’ These words are those of journalist Serge Loupien, writing in the daily Libération (October 5th, 1998) about the multi-reed-player and multiinstrumentalist Akosh S., who was born in Debrecen, Hungary in 1966. Ever since Akosh arrived in the French capital, the young Hungarian, a saxophonist, clarinettist, multi-instrumentalist and composer, has been associated with the genuine (and jubilant) rebirth of the avant-garde. ∆ Tickets: £16, £13, £11, £6.50 (Standing), £8 Students, Tel: 020 7304 4000 Running time: Approx 1 hour, no Interval. www.mimelondon.com | www.mimefest.co.uk | www.roh.org.uk

Tuesday | 25 January | 7.30 pm ≥

Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX

e CONCERT Takács Quartet The Takács Quartet has been described by The Times as ‘four very distinct personalities... fused into the world’s greatest string quartet’. They start off the programme with a later work by Haydn, which he composed in 1793 after his first visit to England. The piece is also known as one of the 'Apponyi' quartets. Bartók’s masterful quartets have been a staple of the Takács Quartet’s repertory for decades; with a shared Hungarian heritage, the ensemble has a close affinity to his music. Despite being written as one relatively short, continuous movement, Bartók’s Third Quartet is densely


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programme Joseph Haydn: String Quartet in B flat, Op.71 No.1

interval ∆ Tickets are £25, £20, £15, £12, £9, Premium seats £30. A limited number

of concession tickets (50% off) are available. For ticketing enquiries please contact the Box Office on 0844 875 0073. www.southbankcentre.co.uk

Bedrich Smetana: String Quartet No.1 in E minor (From my Life)

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Wednesday | 26 January | 6.30 pm ≥

St Pancras Room, Kings Place – 90 York Way, London N1 9AG

e LISZT BICENTENARY Pre-Concert Talk by Karl Lutchmayer Karl Lutchmayer, professor at Trinity College of Music hosts a discussion introducing an evening of Liszt’s finest sonatas for piano and violin, accompanied by works by Bartók, Enescu and Fauré which were influenced by the Master. ∆ FREE to same-day ticket holders. For more information please contact the Box Office on 020 7520 1490 or visit www.kingsplace.co.uk

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Béla Bartók: String Quartet No.3

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packed with harmonically adventurous ideas and fluctuating tempi. Featuring writing of extraordinary richness, Smetana’s First String Quartet (1876) is a vivid musical diary of the composer. The deeply expressive music recalls various episodes from Smetana’s life, including his joy at first falling in love, his passion for dancing and his devastating grief at the onset of deafness.

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Wednesday | 26 January | 7.30 pm ≥

Hall One, Kings Place – 90 York Way, London N1 9AG

e LISZT BICENTENARY duets for piano and violin by liszt and his followers

Barnabás Kelemen (violin), Gergely Bogányi (piano) Winners of the International Liszt Society’s 2001 Grand Prix du Disque, Gergely Bogányi and Barnabás Kelemen perform an evening of Liszt’s finest sonatas for piano and violin accompanied by works of Bartók, Enescu and Faure that were influenced by the Master. Gergely Bogányi (piano) started playing the piano at the age of four. He studied with Zsuzsa Esztó, László Baranyay and Ferenc Rados at the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music, and with Matti Raekallio at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, and with György Sebôk at Indiana University, Bloomington. Among the competitions he has won, particularly noteworthy is the 1996 International Liszt Competition. Also in 2000, he was awarded the Liszt Prize by the Ministry of Cultural Heritage, and in 2004 he recevied the highest art award, the Kossuth Prize. In 2002 he was awarded the Cross of Merit of the Order of the White Rose of Finland by the President of the Finnish Republic. Barnabás Kelemen (violin) has established himself as one of the leading violinists of his generation, appearing regularly as a concerto soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician at many of the world's major musical venues and festivals. He has toured extensively around the world and has collaborated with conductors such as Lorin Maazel, Sir Neville Marriner, Denis Russel-Davies, Eiji Oue, Robert Spano, Zoltán Kocsis, Michael Stern, Péter Eötvös, Tamás Vásáry and Rumon Gamba. In addition to winning the Gold Medal at the 2002 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis and six of the eight special prizes and also the loan of the 1683 Ex-Gingold Stradivari violin and Tourte bow for

programme Béla Bartók: Rhapsody for Violin and Piano No. 2 Ferenc Liszt: Romance Oubliée Ferenc Liszt: Benedictus Ferenc Liszt: Die Zelle in Nonnenwerth George Enescu Rhapsody Gabriel Fauré Sonata in A major


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Thursday | 27 January | 6.30 pm ≥

St Pancras Room, Kings Place – 90 York Way, London N1 9AG

e LISZT BICENTENARY Pre-Concert Talk by Ross Alley Ross Alley introduces the UK premiere of the transcription of Liszt’s Faust Symphony, and Bartók’s Second Suite for Two Pianos. ∆ FREE to same-day ticket holders. For more information please contact the Box Office on 020 7520 1490 or visit www.kingsplace.co.uk

Thursday | 27 January | 7.30 pm ≥

Hall One, Kings Place – 90 York Way, London N1 9AG

e LISZT BICENTENARY faust symphony on piano

Edit Klukon (piano), Dezsô Ránki (piano) The UK premiere of the transcription made by the composer in 1856 of Liszt’s Faust symphony for 2 pianos by Edit Klukon and Dezsô Ránki. Edit Klukon and Dezsô Ránki are the only performers of this version of Liszt’s Faust Symphony in the world which will have its UK premiere at King’s Place. Edit Klukon (piano) was born in Budapest and studied at the Liszt Music Academy under Pál Kadosa. After receiving her diploma, she focused her musical interests on chamber music and piano. Throughout her career she has performed pieces by Mozart, Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, R. Strauss, and Wolf in many European cities and has worked with great singers such as Dénes Gulyás, László Polgár, Lucia Popp, and Ruth Ziesak. She has currently taken an avid interest in solo piano works especially by Liszt and Haydn.

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∆ Tickets are £13.50, £15.50, £19.50, £24.50, Premium Seats £29.50, Saver Seats £9.50. For tickets please contact the Box Office on 020 7520 1490 or visit www.kingsplace.co.uk

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four years, he has won prizes at many international competitions. Beginning in September 2005, he has begun his appointment as Professor of Violin at the Franz Liszt Music Academy in Budapest and teaches regularly as a guest professor at the Bloomington Indiana University.

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Dezsô Ránki (piano) was also born and educated in Budapest. Since winning the prestigious Schumann-competition in Germany in 1969 he has performed concerts all throughout Europe, America, and Japan. He has played with such world renowned orchestras as the Berlin Philharmonic, the London Philharmonic, the BBC Symphony, the Concertgebouw, and the NHK and has worked with famous conductors including Maazel, Mehta, Solti, and Kondrashin. programme Béla Bartók: 2. suite, Op. 4b (Transcription for 2 pianos by the composer) Ferenc Liszt: Faust Symphony (Transcription for 2 pianos by the composer, 1856)

Edit Klukon and Dezsô Ránki started performing together in 1985. Both pianists became very interested in the wonderful world of the piano repertory written by the greatest composers for piano four hands and two pianos. Now they regularly perform about ten to fifteen duets a year. Works by Satie, Liszt and Dukay (contemporary Hungarian composer) are featured on their latest CD recordings. ∆ Tickets are £14.50, £19.50, £24.50, £29.50, Premium Seats £34.50, Saver Seats £9.50. For ticketing enquiries please contact the Box Office on 020 7520 1490 or visit www.kingsplace.co.uk for online booking.

Friday | 28 January | 6.15 pm ≥

Hall One, Kings Place – 90 York Way, London N1 9AG

e LISZT BICENTENARY recital of the liszt award winner at the 1st sussex international piano competition

Alexei Chernov (piano) The world’s finest young piano virtuosi gathered in Worthing in April 2010 to compete before an international panel of judges in the inaugural Sussex International Piano Competition. This evening’s concert is given by the winner of the competition’s prestigious Liszt Award.

programme Ferenc Liszt: Funerailles Maurice Ravel: Gaspard de le nuit Ferenc Liszt: Mephisto Waltz No. 1

∆ Tickets are £9.50, £14.50, Saver Seats £6.50. For ticketing enquiries please contact the Box Office on 020 7520 1490 or visit www.kingsplace.co.uk for online booking.


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Friday | 28 January | 7.30 pm ≥

Hall One, Kings Place – 90 York Way, London N1 9AG

e LISZT BICENTENARY The Joyful Company of Singers | conductor › Peter Broadbent Liszt was the father and inspiration of modern Hungarian music and this programme identifies themes and ideas explored by many major Hungarian composers up to the present day in their choral music, with some of Liszt’s small choral pieces and some piano music.

Peter Broadbent – founding conductor of the JCS is one of Britain’s leading choral conductors, particularly noted for his attention to style and communication. He has been awarded the Pro Cultura Hungarica medal in recognition of his work for Anglo/Hungarian musical relations.

programme Ferenc Liszt:

Ave Maria I Ave, verum corpus

Miklós Csemiczky: Ave Maria in E György Orbán:

Ave, verum corpus

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Five Hungarian Folksongs for Piano

Béla Bartók:

Four Hungarian folksongs for Mixed Chorus

Zoltán Kodály:

Liszt Ferenchez (Ode to Liszt)

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Hymne de l’enfant à son réveil (A child’s hymn on awakening)

Ferenc Farkas:

Aubade (13th Century Troubadour Melody) Alkony (Dusk)

Zoltán Kodály:

Alkony (Dusk) Este (Evening)

György Ligeti:

Éjszaka (Night) Reggel (Morning)

Ferenc Liszt:

Sonnetto del Petrarca 104 for Piano

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Sonnetto CCCXXXIII di Petrarca for Mixed Chorus

János Vajda:

Alleluja

∆ Tickets are £13.50, £15.50, £19.50, £24.50, Premium Seats £29.50, Saver Seats £9.50. For ticketing enquiries please contact the Box Office on 020 7520 1490 or visit www.kingsplace.co.uk for online booking. Please note that online booking closes 90 minutes prior to the start of the performance.

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liszt and the hungarian choral tradition

One of Europe’s most prominent chambers choirs, the Joyful Company of Singers enjoys a reputation as a choir which approaches a wide range of music with style, commitment and enjoyment, maintaining its character and standards over more than twenty years.

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Friday | 28 January | 8 pm ≥

Hall Two, Kings Place – 90 York Way, London N1 9AG

e LISZT BICENTENARY FOLK UNION the roots of ferenc liszt’s hungarian rhapsodies

The Jánosi Ensemble (World Music) Ferenc Liszt’s Hungarian rhapsodies generated many debates even during the life of the great master. This programme casts a fresh light on these pieces through introducing the contemporary musical world of the 19th century which is significantly reflected in Liszt’s rhapsodies. The programme features dance music of the 18th century, ‘verbunkos’ (army recruiting music and dance), folk-influenced songs of the Reform Period, folk songs and gypsy music which inspired Liszt as well. programme Dance music of the 18th century Verbunkos (army recruiting music and dance) Folk influenced songs of the Reform Period Folk music Gypsy music

The Jánosi Ensemble was formed in 1975 and has given concerts, among others, in London, Cologne, Milan (Teatro Lirico), Bath, New York (Lincoln Center), Paris (Cite de la Musique), Amsterdam (Concertgebouw), Warsaw, Athens, Berlin, Istanbul since then. Their last appearance in the UK was at the Southbank Centre (Queen Elisabeth Hall) in November 2009. They usually play at dance-houses, folk dance clubs, educational programmes, programmes for children and also take part in stage performances. They are one of those musicians who started the dance house movement in Hungary. Their repertoire presents the latest results of musical research. They bring the centuries old tradition of Hungarian instrumental music to London. ∆ Tickets are £9.50. For ticketing enquiries please contact the Box Office on 020 7520 1490 or visit www.kingsplace.co.uk for online booking.


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Saturday | 29 January | 6 pm ≥

Hall One, Kings Place – 90 York Way, London N1 9AG

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The younger generation’s take on Liszt's works, performing newly-choreographed dance pieces based on Liszt's music. A collaboration between students from the Trinity College of Music keyboard faculty and Trinity Laban, the UK's first combined conservatoire of music and contemporary dance.

programme Dohnányi: • Piano Quintet No. 2 in E flat minor, Op. 26 Liszt & Ligeti: • Solo piano works • New work for piano and dancer

∆ Tickets are £9.50, £14.50, Saver Seats £6.50. 50% off tickets for this concert when booked with the 7.30 Liszt, the Travelling Virtuoso concert. Excludes Premium and Saver Seats. For ticketing enquiries please contact the Box Office on 020 7520 1490 or visit www.kingsplace.co.uk

Saturday | 29 January | 7.30 pm ≥

Hall One, Kings Place – 90 York Way, London N1 9AG

e LISZT BICENTENARY liszt – the travelling virtuoso: a recital by dénes várjon

Dénes Várjon (piano) Dénes Várjon is a regular guest at the most prestigious International Festivals such as Salzburger Festspiele, Lucerne Festival, Schleswig-Holstein Musik-Festival, Biennale di Venezia, Marlboro Festival (USA), Klavierfestival Ruhr, Kunstfest Weimar, and Edinburgh Festival. He is invited to András Schiff’s and Heinz Holliger’s Ittinger Konzerttage in Switzerland every year and enjoys a longstanding relationship with the Open Chamber Music-Prussia Cove (UK). He has performed with major orchestras such as The Camerata Salzburg, the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, the Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, the Bremen Philharmonic, the American Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre National

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Trinity Laban – Piano work by TL student composer with TL dance students Music and dance students (Trinity Laban) The Solstice Quartet (Trinity Laban Richard Carne Junior Fellows)

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du Capitole de Toulouse, the Budapest Festival Orchestra, Gidon Kremer’s Kremerata Baltica. He has worked together with conductors like Sándor Végh and Horst Stein and is currently working with conductors such as Heinz Holliger, Ádám Fischer, Leopold Hager, Iván Fischer, programme Hubert Soudant, Peter Rundel, Thomas Zehetmair and Ferenc Liszt: many more. • Sposalizio • Sonetto 104 del Petrarca • Schlaflos! Frage und Antwort • Valse oubliée No.1 • Jeux deux de la Villa d'Este • Sursum Corda • Piano Sonata in B minor (Klaviersonata in h-Moll)

Dénes Várjon is deeply committed to chamber music and is partner of artists like Steven Isserlis, Leonidas Kavakos, Miklós Pérenyi, András Schiff, Joshua Bell, Radovan Vlatkovic, Tabea Zimmermann, the Carmina, the Takács, the Keller and the Endellion quartets, as well as the Ensemble Wien-Berlin. He also appears regularly with his wife Izabella Simon playing four hands and two pianos recitals together. Dénes Várjon enjoys a very intensive cooperation with the German composer Jörg Widmann, just as with the oboist and composer Heinz Holliger. They look retrospectively at a lot of triumphant projects and look forward to some in the following seasons.

∆ Tickets are £14.50, £19.50, £24.50, £29.50, Premium Seats £34.50, Saver Seats £9.50. For ticketing enquiries please contact the Box Office on 020 7520 1490 or visit www.kingsplace.co.uk for online booking.


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Thursday | 27 January | 7.30 pm ≥

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e CONCERT Infernal Dance: Inside the World of Béla Bartók Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Philharmonia Orchestra begin their year-long, panEuropean exploration of the life and music of Béla Bartók in January at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall. The series, which includes 20 concerts in 11 European cities, features all of Bartók’s main orchestral works as well as a very special semi-staged performance of his only opera, Duke Bluebeard’s Castle. The project also includes chamber events, a study day, a major series of online resources including more than a dozen new short documentary films, and performances by the leading Hungarian folk group Muzsikás. The series brings together many of the leading exponents of Bartók’s music, together with academics, musicologists and archive and museum curators based in both Europe and the USA. The Takács Quartet will be performing all of Bartók’s string quartets over two evenings in October 2011 as part of the Southbank Centre International Chamber Music Season. Orchestral soloists include Yefim Bronfman, who performs all three piano concertos between January and November, Christian Tetzlaff, and Sir John Tomlinson and Measha Brueggergosman, who take the roles of Bluebeard and Judith in Duke Bluebeard’s Castle. Series Consultant and leading Bartók scholar Professor Malcolm Gillies has brought together a group of international specialists in Bartók’s life and music to write articles and to contribute to a considerable body of new documentary films. The leading Hungarian folk ensemble Muzsikás will also be performing in both London and at The Anvil Basingstoke. The series begins in London on 27 January with a performance of Kossuth, the First Piano Concerto and the complete score to The Miraculous Mandarin. ∆ Tickets from £8 to £45 – for more information and to book tickets please call 0800 652 6717. Visit www.philharmonia.co.uk/bartok for full details of all concerts in the series, as well as to watch documentary films about the composer and his life and to find out more about the series.

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Wednesday | 16 February ≥ St. John’s, Smith Square, London SW1P 3HA

e CONCERT The Marmara Trio programme

The Marmara Trio also has an event on 16 January, please see details about the artists and the event on Page 05.

Beethoven : Triple Concerto Op.56 in C major

∆ For more information about the concerts and tickets, please contact m.dack@mdx.ac.uk, call 07930 485 817 or visit www.marmaratrio.com

Thursday | 17 February ≥ Middlesex University

e CONCERT The Marmara Trio Workshop: Rehearsal process as Research – Ravel’s Piano Trio in A minor

concert programme Debussy: Piano Trio in G Fauré: Piano Trio in D Ravel: Piano Trio in A

The Marmara Trio also has an event on 16 January, please see details about the artists and the event on Page 05. ∆ For more information about the concerts and tickets, please contact m.dack@mdx.ac.uk, call 07930 485 817 or visit www.marmaratrio.com

Thursday | 17 February | 7 pm ≥ Hungarian Cultural Centre

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Three weddings (3 esküvô, 2009) directed by Anna Kis, Viktor Oszkár Nagy and Klára Trencsényi This string of short documentaries was commissioned by the European Commission Representation in Hungary for the 2010 European Year of Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion. We screen these three unusual love stories on the occasion of Valentine’s Day about cross cultural relationships in Hungary. The three intimate documentaries explore the issues of immigration and integration in present-day Hungary. Each film was directed by different directors which lends each part a different viewpoint, visual experience and style. Director Anna Kis presents the


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∆ Free. For reservations, please call 020 72406162 or e-mail bookings@hungary.org.uk

Sunday | 20 February | 8 pm ≥ The Underworld, 174 Camden High Street, London NW1 0NE

e CONCERT Heaven Street Seven presented by Drum & Monkey

In 1995 after years of planning and playing acoustic tea house gigs, as well as several amateur demo recordings made in the girls’ shower at college, the band known as Heaven Street Seven was formed. During the past fifteen years, Heaven Street Seven shared the stage with REM, Radiohead, Morrissey and The Church. In 2006 their work received European recognition not only by fans but by the critics, as the band won the highly prestigious European Breakthrough Award in Cannes, France. Heaven Street Seven appears in London in a live gig for the first time. As pioneers of the indie, pop-rock genre in Hungary and with various English songs on their repertoire they have a lot to offer to the international crowd of the London music scene. ∆ Advanced tickets for £10 (offer ends on 1 January) / £15, available in Nemesis Tattoo and Paprika Store or online at www.gigantic.com | www.drumandmonkey.org

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The film screening will be followed by a conversation with one of the directors, Viktor Oszkár Nagy and intercultural couples.

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story of Zsuzsa and her Muslim husband Mubarak. In Viktor Oszkár Nagy’s film we find out about Zsuzsa and the Indian Sanju, who decided to get married after two months of internet dating – without ever having met each other before. Klára Trencsényi’s film not only explores the challenges of cultural differences but the challenges of an age difference of twenty years in the story of Elena and her young Cuban husband.

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Please note that most of our events are now sheduled to start at 7 pm. In the future please email bookings@hungary.org.uk for reservations.

If you wish to receive more information about our upcoming events, please send an e-mail to culture@hungary.org.uk. Thank you for your interest.



The HCC team: Dr Ildikó Takács | Director Dávid Kerényi | Finance Manager Szilvia Csányi | Head of Administration and Referee of Education Gyöngyi Végh | Head of Programming and Communications Hanna Kiss | Consultant, Visual Art Judit Kôrös | Consultant, Information Service and Film Events Dr Gábor Egri | Senior Consultant, Music Péter Pallai | Jazz Consultant If you are interested in joining the Friends of the Hungarian Cultural Centre please contact Ruth and Robert Wing on 020 7351 7653 or email r.wing@imperial.ac.uk The Reading Room, our Information Service and the rental of video films are available on Mondays and Thursdays between 11 am and 7 pm. For more information, please call our information consultant, Judit Kôrös. The information in this brochure is believed correct at the time of going to press, but as this may be three months or more before the events take place, we strongly advise you to confirm dates, times and availability before setting out for any particular event. The HCC reserves the right to alter artists or programme details as necessary. Hungarian Cultural Centre 10 Maiden Lane, Covent Garden, London WC2E 7NA Tel: 020 7240 8448 • Fax: 020 7240 4847 • Message: 020 7240 6162 e-mail:culture@hungary.org.uk

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