Between The Lines

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According to its programme notes, Janáček's 1926 work Sinfonietta depicts "contemporary free man, his spiritual beauty and joy, his strength, courage and determination to fight for victory.” What the composer had actually done was rework some earlier fanfares of his into a new piece based around an updated programme. Glazunov wrote his saxophone concerto in 1934, during his late Parisian period, after receiving a series of forceful requests to produce one. Although the composer's music had been considered old-fashioned since as early as the turn of the century, this piece of his suddenly became an important piece of the saxophone literature. In the late 1930s, Shostakovich began work on a composition glorifying Lenin. However, progress was interrupted by the war and the arrival of the German army. In the late '50s, he once again indicated his intention to commemorate what was by then the 90th anniversary of Lenin's birth with a worthy work, but the composition would only finally be completed in the year after the event, in 1961. In terms of its programme, the symphony takes place in 1917, recounting the events of the Russian Revolution - and everything that a Soviet citizen might remember about it from the perspective of several decades later.

 

Program and cast

Conductor:

Domonkos Héja

Featuring:

Valentine Michaud

Valentine Michaud

Pannon Philharmonic

Palace of Arts Müpa Budapest

When Müpa Budapest, Hungary and its capital's new cultural hub, opened in 2005, it was built to represent more than 100 years of Hungarian cultural history. As a conglomeration of cultural venues, the building has no precedent in 20th century Hungarian architecture and has no peers in the whole of Central Europe.


The creators of this ambitious project, the Trigránit Development Corporation, prime contractor Arcadom Construction and the Zoboki, Demeter and Partners Architectural Office, were driven by the desire to create a new European cultural citadel as part of the new Millennium City Centre complex along the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Danube waterfront. The result is a facility whose construction quality, appearance, functionality and 21st century technological infrastructure makes it ideally suited to productions of the highest standard. The building is also highly versatile and equipped to host performances of any genre and almost any scale.

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