Hungarian sound of music

Apr 05, 2013, 00:15 IST | Aanchal Kurmi

Get high on some classical music performed by musicians from Hungary as the Poona Music Society presents Marouan Benabdallah and Kodaly Quartet to sweep you off your feet this weekend

Playful Fingers
Carrying forward the great Hungarian musical tradition, Marouan Benabdallah represents the new generation of Hungarian pianists and the cultural diversity of Morocco, not to mention his attachment to France and its culture. His approach to music is marked by an intelligence and a reflection both deeply inspired by the “Essay” from Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach.

Kodaly Quartet

“For me,” Benabdallah explains, “music is essentially lyrical. Singing is considered as a model for instrumental music. Indeed, the founding value of art resides in its capacity to create emotions and as the voice is the most ‘human’ instrument, it reveals the most immediate expression of sensibility”.

A Franz Liszt Academy alumnus, his repertoire ranges from Scarlatti to 20th century composers and although he has a penchant for the works of Bartók and Rachmaninoff, he has performed works of Bach, Haydn, Schubert, Debussy and Ravel with the same passion. You will be bowled over by his profound musicality, his stunning technique and his unerring sense of rhythm and style.

Watch him as he mesmerises you in a programme featuring compositions of Liszt: Mephisto Waltz 3, Ave Maria, the Bells of Rome, Sposalizio; Bartók: 2nd Elegy Op. 8, Scherzo from Four piano pieces; Debussy: Images 2nd book and Scriabin: Two Poems Op. 32, Sonata No. 4 Op. 30.

String Symphony
What originally was founded as the SebestyEn Quartet in 1966 to continue the legacy of the great Hungarian string quartet tradition was renamed as the Kodaly Quartet in 1971 to honour Zoltan Kodaly, the Hungarian composer.

A very prominent form of Chamber music, quartets are exceptional because each instrument has a vital role to play. Each part is audible individually as a whole, both at the same time and the musicians at Kodaly Quartet have been doing that with perfection for over four decades now. Hear them play and you will be transported to a different world altogether.

Though the Quartet has set as its main objective the authentic interpretation of the works of Zoltan Kodaly, it is not only Kodaly’s works that are frequently performed by the Kodaly String Quartet. All the major Hungarian composers like Bartók, Dohnanyi, Kurtag and Ligeti, as well as most classical composers are represented in its repertoire.

Watch out for these musicians as they cast a spell on you with their violins and cello. Attila Falvay on 1st Violin, Erika Tóth on 2nd Violin, Janos FejErvari on Viola and Gyorgy Eder on Cello, you wouldn’t want to miss them for anything.On April 6, they will perform compositions by Beethoven and Schumann. On April 7, they will perform compositions by Haydn, Schubert and Beethoven.

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