Budapest Strings: Classical Lights 2.

Concert Hall

Leoš Janáček: Suit for Strings, JW 6/2
Bánk Sáry: The eternal Poem
Johann Sebastian Bach: Cantata No. 161 „Komm du süsse Todesstunde”, BWV 161/No. 3. Aria – Mein verlangen
László Sáry: The Old Man with the Tambura

  • László Kéringer – tenor
  • Budapest Strings
  • Concert Master: János Pilz
  • Artistic Director: Károly Botvay
  • Host: Szabolcs Molnár

"I am most attracted to Baroque music and to the music of ages before the Baroque, and of course to the music by my contemporaries," said Bánk Sáry recently. In his freshly completed composition, “The Eternal Poem,” however, he looks far farther, both in time and space: with the piece, he summoned a Chinese poet who was active 1300 years ago. But how was the piece received in China?

Janáček's piece for string ensemble refers to a baroque genre, and László Sáry's work, completed in 2017, was created for the 200th anniversary of the birth of the poet János Arany. Arany's famous “Old man with the tambourine” is summoned; he sometimes recalls old songs, or comes up with his own, with lyrics that are “highfaluting, with a German melody”. Maybe Arany (or László Sáry) was thinking of Bach? But what makes the hour of our death sweet, and can we long for it? We can promise that in Classic Lights, there will be no questions left in the air after the new season of the concert series.

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Season Ticket: 5500 HUF

Other Concerts of the Season Ticket: 27 November 2021, 2 April 2022


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