This year’s OPENING CONCERT of the Zemplén Festival will feature a Hungarian programme performed by Budafok Dohnányi Orchestra, proudly playing works by two contemporary Hungarian composers who are also members of BDO.
The first movement of Symphony No. 1, entitled “Szerelem” (Love), by Levente Gyöngyösi, BDO’s resident composer, will be performed, depicting the joy and the subtle shades of a happy love in the composer’s usual enjoyable and accessible musical language.
Pianist and composer Apor Szüts is also a member of BDO, and his work is based on a French folk song known in Hungary as “Pál, Kata, Péter”. The work is a lavish, playful set of variations for piano and orchestra.
In the second half of the concert, two outstanding works of Hungarian music history will be performed. Béla Bartók’s Dance Suite, written just over 100 years ago, is the first to show the solidarity of the people of the Carpathian Basin. Kodály’s Dances of Galánta will be a special performance in which a folk orchestra made up of members of the orchestra will also play the original folk music on which the piece is based.