A Sensual Danse Macabre (Bizet–Scsedrin, Rahmanyinov)

Symphonic Orchestral Concerts 2019/20
Between the summers of 2019 and 2020, the Hungarian State Opera Orchestra will take the stage to perform independent symphony music on nearly 70 different occasions, as well as playing in the orchestra pit for around 300 opera and ballet performances. In the 2019/2020 season, the Orchestra is giving the following concert performances:

30 September 2019: Opera182 (Mozart, Rybnikov)
28 October 2019: Strengthening the Soul with the Music of Mourning of the Past and Present (de la Rue, Pärt, Honegger)
20 January 2020: Wry originals and grotesque replicas – a concert of "rhyming" works (Prokofiev, Haydn, Weber, Hindemith)
10 February 2020: A Sensual Danse Macabre (Bizet–Shchedrin, Rachmaninoff)
15 May 2020: Prodigal Sons – Debussy and Britten

A Sensual Danse Macabre

The two works in this evening’s programme both openly deal with the themes of sensuality, dance and death. The wild erotic desires in the first are enough to defeat even human mortality, while in the second, the approach of death ennobles an impassioned dance in celebration of life. In Rodion Shchedrin’s Carmen Suite, the fierce passions of a love triangle beyond control are driven by the strings and the solo percussion parts. Over the course of the three waltzes in his Symphonic Dances, Sergei Rachmaninoff takes us through both success and failure: unfulfilled love and the approach of the final judgement, eventually mocking death with music evoking the hymns of the Orthodox Church.


Bizet-Shchedrin: Carmen Suite
Rachmaninoff: Symphonic Dances, Op. 45

Featuring: » Attila Csige (timpani), András Császár, Attila László, János Tóth, Zoltán Vámosi (percussions), Csaba Pálfi (saxophone)

Conductor » Mladen Tarbuk (HR)


Erkel Theatre
Feb. 10, 2020
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2019. September 30., Mon, 19:30
2019. October 28., Mon, 19:30
2020. January 20., Mon, 19:30
2020. February 10., Mon, 19:30