Budapest Festival Orchestra

Opening concert

conductor Iván Fischer

Piazza Duomo

    Friday 25 June H 20:30

I sector piazza € 100
II sector piazza € 80
I sector stairs € 60
II sector stairs € 40



Iván Fischer


Luciana Mancini

Le bœuf sur le toit, op. 58

Darius Milhaud

Three poems for voice and orchestra

Maurice Ravel

Gymnopédie n. 1
Orchestration by Claude Debussy

Erik Satie

La valse

Maurice Ravel

For the inaugural concert, the Budapest Festival Orchestra directed by Iván Fischer bring the dancing melodies and limid colours of early-twentieth century French music to the Piazza del Duomo.
Moving bodies enter the music of Darius Milhaud, whose Le boeuf sur le toit, a ballet with a plot written by Jean Cocteau, was inspired by the dances of the Rio Carnival. Erik Satie’s short Gymnopédie in the orchestrated version by Claude Debussy is titled after a processional dance from Ancient Greece.
Maurice Ravel’s melodies also dance: Shéhérazade for voice and orchestra is followed by La valse, a choreographic poem for orchestra, whose famed triple-time rhythms in the «fantastic, fatal whirlwind» are a nod towards the Viennese waltz.

Duration: 1 hour

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