By Laman Ismayilova
"Music embodies feeling without forcing it to contend and combine with thought, as it is forced in most arts and especially in the art of words. If music has one advantage over the other media through which a person can represent the impressions of the soul, it owes this to its supreme capacity to make each inner impulse audible without the assistance of reason…"
Franz Liszt, Hungarian composer of the 19th century.
The Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra of Budapest successfully performed at the Heydar Aliyev Center in Baku on May 3. The Hungarian musicians conquered the hearts of all music lovers.
The concert featured the overtures of the outstanding representatives of the world's best classical music such as Wolfgang Amadei Mozart, Pablo de Sarasate, Charles Camille Saint- Saëns, Benjamin Britten, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Johannes Brahms, Franz Liszt, and also Azerbaijani composer Uzeyir Hajibeyov.
The performance of world famous violin virtuoso Jozsef Lendvay has surprised the audience. Lendvay, being one of the most versatile musicians of his generation, combined a gypsy folklore and virtuosity of classical performance.
In his interview to Trend before the concert, Lendvay shared his first impressions of Baku.
The musician was delighted by hospitable atmosphere of the city, and fascinated by the Heydar Aliyev Center.
Lendvay pointed out similarities in Hungarian and Azerbaijani classical music, noting that Turkic culture has had an influence on the development of the Hungarian and Azerbaijani music. “Music is an art that has no boundaries, it is the international language of communication of world cultures,” he belives.
The Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra was established back in 1963 by graduates of the Academy of Music. The Orchestra's very name is inseparably associated with Hungary and its deeply rooted musical traditions.
Widely recognized throughout the world, the Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra developed a signature image of its own. With repertoire embracing a variety of styles and periods, it is equally proficient in baroque and classic music, as well as romantic and modern pieces. Decorated with numerous awards at home and the Grand Prix du Disque in Paris, the Orchestra recorded over 200 CDs so far.
Geography of the Orchestra's performances includes state-of-the-art venues like Carnegie Hall in New York, Tokyo's Suntory Hall and Théâtre de la Ville in Paris, just to mention a few.
Noteworthy, the orchestra performed at the third edition of Uzeyir Hajibayov International Music Festival in 2011. That's when the musicians discovered the wonderful world of Azerbaijani music.
With an impressive record of playing with internationally renowned musicians like Svyatoslav Richter, Yehudi Menuhin, Mstislav Rostropovich, Adam Fischer, Isaac Stern, Martha Argerich and others, the Orchestra frequently appears at the world-class festivals.
Laman Ismayilova is AzerNews’ staff journalist, follow her on Twitter: @Lam_Ismayilova
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