Terzet-Trio-Trois 8 (13 September 2020)

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On 13 November 2020, the Terzet-Trio-Trois series was presented in its original form again from 8:00 p.m. on Facebook and Origo.hu. The Opera Chorus prepared with songs by Rossini, one of the greatest Italian composers, whereas the Orchestra performed pieces by the Austrian Schubert and Lickl, and the Ballet also returned with spectacular pieces in the programme.

The Opera Chorus paid homage to Gioachino Rossini, who died on this very day in 1868. The composer is mostly known for his operas, but now another side of his was revealed by chorus members Györgyi Avvakumovits, Zsuzsanna Mizsei-Takács, Márió Matyó and Álmos Gyarmati and pianist Katalin Szirtes. The songs Il carnevale di Venezia, I gondolieri and La passeggiata written for mixed choir created a truly Italian ambiance. Two adaptations by Rossini himself could also be heard in the programme: the chorus Dall'oriente l'astro del giorno was originally featured in his opera Ermione, the nymphs' chorus from Armida became the song Ridiamo, cantiamo! with new lyrics.

The Opera Orchestra chose pieces by two Austrian composers, who also worked in Hungary for a while. Franz Schubert, who was employed by the Esterházy family, started to compose his Trio in B-flat major (D 471) in 1816 but completed the first movement only. It was performed in the show by Ferenc Keskeny (violin), Péter Kondor (viola) and István Balázs (cello). A contemporary of Schubert's, the organist and composer Johann Georg Lickl, who was Kapellmeister at the Pécs Cathedral for decades, is renowned for his church music, but he also composed operas and secular pieces. The movements Andante un poco adagio and Rondo: Allegro assai from his Oboe Quartet in C major (Op. 26, No. 1) were interpreted by Nóra Baráth (oboe), Manuéla Simon (violin), Haruka Nagaro (viola) and Endre Stankowsky (cello).

The Hungarian National Ballet returned to the series with romantic and classical ballets. Giselle by Adolphe Adam is a repertoire piece of every company. In the programme, two excerpts from the choreography by Marius Petipa and Jules Perrot (featuring costumes by Nelly Vágó) could be seen: Grand Pas de Deux from Act 2 was performed by Aliya Tanykpayeva and Dmitry Timofeev, Peasant Pas de Deux from Act 1 was performed by Miyu Takamori and Ryosuke Morimoto. Viewers could enjoy another ballet by Petipa/Adam in the show: an Odalisque variation from Le corsaire was danced by Katica Ruip, student of the Hungarian National Ballet Institute. Internationally acclaimed ballet master and choreographer Michael Messerer revived Laurencia for the company to music by Alexander Krein and costumes by Nóra Rományi in March 2020. An elegant excerpt from Pas de Six was performed by Gaetano Cottonaro and Valerio Palumbo, whereas the fiery Flamenco was danced by Lea Földi, Leo Lecarpentier and Dumitru Taran.

Photo by Valter Berecz