Terzet-Trio 7 (6 November 2020)

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The live online series of Terzet-Trio continued on 6 November 2020. Following the French programme by the Opera Chorus the previous time, now they performed works by English composers. As it is customary, the Orchestra presented the viewers with a cavalcade of chamber pieces. The ballet dancers were missing from the show, but fans of the genre could still listen to a couple of excerpts from Swan Lake from 8:00 p.m. on Facebook and Origo.hu.

The Opera Chorus chose works by the two most influential and popular English composers for their programme. Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872–1958) composed in all possible genres from songs through symphonies to ballets, but his church music is also prominent. An example of the latter was One Hundredth Psalm performed by chorus members Éva Hamar, Eszter Ostyányiné Heresznyei, György Mann and Tamás Pekárdy. Although Edward Elgar (1857–1934) is regarded as a typical English composer, he drew a lot of inspiration from continental music. Spanish Serenade (Op. 23) evoke a true Mediterranean atmosphere in a rendering by Mária Tempfli, Viktória Avedikian, János Vincze and Gábor Farkas. Elgar composed a cycle entitled From the Bavarian Highlands to commemorate a holiday in Bavaria. The duets False Love and The Dance were performed by Mária Tempfli and Viktória Avedikian, whereas in the movement Lullaby they were joined by all the chorus members featured in the programme. Musical director: Gábor Csiki, featuring on the piano was Krisztina Andrássy-Neuenstein.

The Opera Orchestra had already presented an excerpt from the ballet music of The Nutcracker in the series, now it was time for them to play a few movements from Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's other masterpiece, Swan Lake. Pas de Deux, Dance of the Little Swans and Spanish Dance were performed by János Rácz (flute), Ottó Rácz (oboe), Beáta Várnai (clarinet), Judit Polonkai (bassoon), Bence Horváth (trumpet), Csaba Nagy (trumpet), Gábor Tóth (French horn), Tamás Gáspár (French horn), Sándor Szabó (trombone), Lajos Fülöp (trombone) and Zoltán Vámosi (percussions). The programme also featured two composers of the Opera's The Muse of France Season. Trois Gymnopédies by Erik Satie (1866–1925) orchestrated for cor angalis and harp by András Novák was interpreted by Nóra Baráth and Beáta Simon. A theme from the slow movement of Sonata for Two Clarinets by Francis Poulenc (1899–1963) can also be heard in his opera Dialogues des Carmélites, which is also part of the Hungarian State Opera repertoire. The sonata was performed by Sándor Kiss and Péter Csongár. The musical journey on Friday evening was completed by the first movement of Flute Quartet in D Major (KV 285) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756–1791) performed by Zsuzsanna Menyhárt (flute), Zsófia Marosné Molnár (violin), Zsófia Winkler (brácsa) and Béla Gál (cello).

The preformance can be seen HERE.

Photo by János Kummer