An Evening with the Hungarian National Philharmonic on the Anniversary of Bartók's Birth
Bartók: Suite for Orchestra No. 1, op. 3
Kodály: Kálló Double Dance for chorus and orchestra
Kodály: Te Deum of Budavár
Conductor: Zoltán Kocsis
With: Zsuzsanna Bazsinka, Bernadett Wiedemann, Tamás Juhász, Zoltán Nagy - voice, Hungarian National Philharmonic, Hungarian National Choir (choirmaster: Mátyás Antal)
Two popular Kodály works and a little known Bartók composition have been chosen for the National Philharmonic Orchestra's concert on the anniversary of Bartók's birth. Suite No. 1 for symphony orchestra shows relatively little of the style of the mature Bartók, it is closest in tone to the Kossuth symphony. The piece was popular in its time; it was first performed in Vienna; the first Budapest performance, albeit in shortened form, was at the gala concert on May 15, 1907 for the opening of the Academy of Music's new building. Zoltán Kocsis and his orchestra recently recorded the work and it was received with great interest and very favourably in both the Hungarian and international press.