Three Hungarian composers – three different points of view. There will be Liszt with a skeleton dance in Pisa’s monumental Campo santo building. There’ll be the patriarch of Hungarian contemporary music culture Dohnányi with sparkling Symphonic minutes.
And there will of course be Bartók – in the Concerto for Orchestra we will hear echoes of Dalmatian and Hungarian folk music, a smile about Lehár’s echo of Shostakovich’s Leningrad Symphony and the stillness of Bluebeard’s lake of tears. An exemplary professional in his field and well known to Latvian audiences, Zsolt Nagy, the long serving professor of symphonic conducting at the Paris National Conservatoire, will be at the conductor’s podium this time. The solo in Liszt’s impressive Totentanz will be performed by Vestards Šimkus, a pianist well-loved by the public.