With close but distinct ties to Hungarian culture, composers Joseph Haydn, Béla Bartók and György Ligeti all shaped our ears while sharing more common ground then one might think. Listen to Q2 host Nadia Sirota and conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen trace these overlaps, illustrated by some virtuosic performances by New York Philharmonic musicians and pianists Conor Hanick and Marino Formenti.
Listen in on Sunday April 3rd, at 2 p.m. to hear Magyar Magic: A Preview of the New York Philharmonic's Hungarian Echoes Festival, which was held at the Jerome L. Greene Space on March 8, 2011. Expect to hear Ligeti's harpsichord music, Bartok's String Quartet No. 4, Haydn's String Quartet in C Major, and music by Hungarian composer György Kurtág.
Salonen has been composing and conducting forward-thinking classical music for 30 years. For one of those years he dedicated the lion's share of his performance schedule to the music of Bartók. Being unsatisfied with the ubiquitous one-sided portrayals of Bartók as a folklorist or staunch modernist, Salonen strove to create a happening which would highlight the breadth of such a musician and thinker. Linking the far reaches of Bartók's work are his Hungarian roots.
This led Salonen to devise the New York Philharmonic's Hungarian Echoes: A Philharmonic Festival, where he's on double duty as both curator and conductor. Through Haydn, Bartók and Ligeti's direct connections to Hungarian music, "Echoes" weaves together the work of these three giants. For an intimate and comprehensive overview of the festival, listen to Magyar Magic, here on Cued Up.