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Musicisti della Budapest Festival Orchestra

Il Carnevale degli animali

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Synopsis

Opening the review could only be The Carnival of the Animals, perhaps Camille Saint-Saëns' most famous piece, entrusted to the musicians of the BFO. The pianos prepare for the lion's entrance, the double bass is a clumsy elephant, the cello a very elegant swan, the xylophones of the frenzied fossils, for the most memorable parade in the history of music. It is equally colorful and surprising the Carnival of the Petruška by Stravinsky: in Yuval Shapiro's transcription, the musicians follow the puppet's misadventures during the fat week to San Pietroburgo .

Credits

Program

Musicians of the Budapest Festival Orchestra


Igor Stravinsky


Petruška‍

Suite from the ballet

Transcript by Yuval Shapiro

violin and viola Gábor Sipos

cello Rita Sovány

flute Gabriella Pivon

clarinet and bass clarinet Ákos Ács

Ágnes Polónyi harp

piano Emese Mali

Camille Saint-Saëns


Le Carnaval des anìmaux

(The Carnival of the Animals)


Introduction and Royal Lion March.

Hens and Roosters

Emioni

Turtles

The Elephant

Kangaroos

Aquarium

Long-eared characters

The Cuckoo in the Woods

Aviary

Pianists

Fossils

The Swan

Final

violin Tímea Iván

violin Krisztina Haják

viola Barna Juhász

cello György Kertész

double bass Csaba Sipos

flute and piccolo Anett Jóföldi

clarinet Rudolf Szitka

percussion László Herboly

pianos Emese Mali, Dávid Báll

Hall Program

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Petruška is a Russian folk theater puppet whose performances could not be missed at any village festival. Igor Stravinsky, in 1911, made him the star of a ballet that to Paris depopulated. Set during a carnival fair, the composition interweaves, superimposes and juxtaposes several sharp, mechanical, garishly hued, folk-tinged melodies that, mixed together, perfectly render the idea of the phonic chaos around the rowdy crowd. There in the middle is mounted the puppet theater in which act the melancholy Petruška, the Ballerina with whom he is vainly in love, and the Moor, his rival. The latter, from last, kills the jealous Petruška, who, however, being a puppet, does not really die.

Jokes are also played in Frenchman Camille Saint-Saëns' Carnival of the Animals , a 'fun' conceived for a convivial gathering during Fat Week in 1886. A composition that the author did not want to be taken seriously, so he forbade its dissemination while he was alive. Curious, because the playful origin does not invalidate the artistic quality of these fourteen musical bonbons suspended between grace and parody that mimic verses, steps, and movements of animals of all species, even of music critics, long-eared donkeys, and pianists, aggressive beasts intent on daily gymnastics over exhausting exercises. Encounters of enchantment occur with the fish in the aquarium, immersed in sonorities of liquid transparency, and with the swan. While here and there recalls appear to famous pieces, the original meaning of which is subverted: the slow-motion cancan in "Turtles," Berlioz's Ballet of Sylphs in "Elephants," and in "Fossils" skeletons of music by Saint-Saëns himself(Dance macabre) and others (a Napoleonic-era melody, the popular airy Ah! Vous dirai-je, maman, Rosina's cavatina from the Barber of Seville).

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Biographies

Budapest Festival Orchestra

Iván Fischer realized his dream when he founded the Budapest Festival Orchestra in 1983 together to Zoltán Kocsis. Thanks to its innovative approach to music and the unstinting dedication of its musicians, the BFO has become the youngest ensemble to enter the top ten symphony orchestras in the world. In addition to to Budapest, the orchestra regularly performs at some of the most important concert venues on the international music scene and is also featured on international streaming platforms. Since its inception, the BFO has been awarded from "Gramophone," the prestigious British music magazine, three times: in 1998 and 2007, the magazine's jury awarded the BFO the prize for the best recording, while in 2022, thanks to public votes, it was named Orchestra of the Year. The BFO's most important achievements are related to Mahler: the recording of Symphony No. 1 was nominated for a Grammy Award. In addition to its recording successes and acclaimed tours, the BFO has also become known to internationally through a series of particularly original concerts. The Autism-friendly Cocoa Concerts, Surprise Concerts - also appreciated at the London Proms -, music marathons, youth-oriented Midnight Music performances, outdoor concerts to Budapest, free Community Weeks, and the Bridging Europe Festival, organized in cooperation with Müpa Budapest - are all unique events to their own way. Another unique feature of the Orchestra is that its members regularly sing during concerts. Each year the BFO, in cooperation with the Iván Fischer Opera Company, Müpa Budapest, the Vicenza Opera Festival and Festival dei Due Mondi in Spoleto, stages an opera production. Performances have been invited to New York's Mostly Mozart Festival, the Edinburgh International Festival and Hamburg's Elbphilharmonie; in 2013, The Marriage of Figaro topped New York Magazine's ranking of the year's best classical music events. The Vicenza Opera Festival, founded from Iván Fischer, debuted in fall 2018 at the Teatro Olimpico.

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