Thursday, 5 April 2020, 7.30 pm
Vigadó Concert Hall | Ceremonial Hall

Lukács Season Ticket/4.
...Like the clang of ore

SÁNDOR BALASSA: Valley of the Huns, op. 69
LÁSZLÓ DUBROVAY: Triple Concerto – for trumpet, trombone, tuba and symphonic
MENDELSSOHN: Symphony No.4 in A major ("Italian”) , op. 90

Zoltán Molnár – trumpet
Róbert Stürzenbaum– trombone
Roland Szentpáli – tuba
Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Zsolt Hamar

For this early spring concert, the listener is invited on an extraordinary hike. Our first
destination is Switzerland. Here you will find a picturesque valley (that goes by the name of
Val d’Anniviers), where, according to legend, a part of Attila the Hun's army that had left the
main body found refuge after the Battle of the Catalaunian Plains (451 AD). There is some
doubt about the veracity of the story, of course, but it is certainly true that in certain exterior
characteristics the people who live here differ from the residents of nearby areas, something
that the philosopher Rousseau noted in his own time. Sándor Balassa's fantasy was inspired
by the story and the beautiful landscape, which form the setting for Valley of the Huns, a piece
written for two soloists (flute, horn) and a string ensemble. After Switzerland, we can journey
through our imagination to Jurassic Park with the sounds of László Dubrovay's Triple
Concerto, written for trumpet, trombone, tuba and orchestra. It is as if enormous dinosaurs are
stepping and stomping among us. Then an entertaining dance breaks out. Who would have
thought brass instruments were capable of so many different types of sound! The last stop on
our hiking tour is rather less exotic, but no less appealing. Sun-kissed Italy is brought to life
through the melodies of the young Mendelssohn.


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