The 8 February 2020 Terzet-Trio programme offered a selection of intimate songs, virtuoso violin pieces and unmissable adaptations from 8:00 p.m. on Facebook and Origo.hu.
Following programmes featuring pieces by German, Italian and English compositions, members or the Opera Chorus once again turned to a composer of The Muse of France Season. The romantic composer Jules Massenet (1842–1912) is well-known to fans of opera and ballet, but he also wrote a number of orchestral pieces, oratorios, cantatas and songs. The cycles Le poème des fleurs and Trois melodies (Op. 2) composed for female voices were performed by Zsuzsanna Bazsinka, Katalin Cserhalminé Lénárd and Annamária Bócz with Krisztina Andrássy-Neuenstein on the piano and Gábor Csiki conducting.
The Opera Orchestra presented works by a popular American composer and two lesser-know German musicians. Violinist Friedrich Hermann (1828–1907) studied composition under such figures as Mendelssohn himself. He composed several pieces and adaptations, but as a professor of the Leipzig Conservatory, he also published many violin manuals. Capriccio for Three Violins was performed by Patrícia Fahidi, Károly Gál and Enikő Tury. The art of Louis Spohr (1784–1859) is a transition between Classical and Romantic Music. His vast oeuvre (operas, symphonies, concertos and chamber pieces) was mostly forgotten after his death, but the late 20th century saw a revival of interest in his works. The first movement of Duet for Two Violins (Op. 67, No. 2) was performed by Ernő Kállai and Péter Foskolos. The American composer and pianist George Gershwin (1898–1937) made a name by his efforts of combining classical music with jazz. His opus Three Preludes as well as the songs Who Cares? and Fascinating Rhythm were interpreted by Balázs Rumy, Gábor Galavics, András Kiss, András Novák (clarinet), Csaba Pálfi and Zsolt Mersei (bass clarinet) in András Novák's transcription.
Photo by Péter Rákossy