The chamber musical formation performing tonight is made up by some outstanding musicians of Budafok Dohnányi Orchestra and its principal guest conductor Guido Mancusi. Their repertoire ranges from the divertimento, or light music, of Mozart, the master of Viennese classicism, to Schubert’s emotional sonatinas and contemporary music – and Piazzolla’s unique paraphrase of the tango, which is a truly exhilarating piece of music.
Anyone who has been to a BDO concert will know that we are happy to select works by our principal guest conductor – as in fact, when he is not conducting from the conductor’s podium or the orchestra pit, he engages in writing music – and Guido Mancusi is a truly prolific composer. Among his dozens of works for stage and orchestra, the one to be performed tonight is a piano quartet entitled Musivische Reisen. He says that as a composer he creates dramatic works and as a conductor he is their advocate. Composers’ and conductors’ wish is to give something to people – an ideal Mancusi has been promoting for more than 30 years.