Budapest Festival Orchestra
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The Budapest Festival Orchestra and its principal conductor Iván Fischer return to Spoleto for the second instalment of their five-year residency.
This year they open the festival in Piazza Duomo with the explosive power of Philip Glass’s oratorio The Passion of Ramakrishna. The entire Orchestra and Choir of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia are engaged in a work that explores the life and teachings of the Indian guru Ramakrishna, who died in 1886. It starts with extracts from his lessons and moves onto the final days before his death. The cosmic breadth of the guru’s teachings, the intimate pain of a lone man, his deep spirituality and his daily suffering: Glass creates a ritual that interweaves the human and superhuman, and the entire choir represents the voice of Ramakrishna.
The concert opens with Overture No. 4 in D major by the spiritual father Bach, a composition that rivals the most famous Brandenburg Concertos in terms of energy and timbral invention.
Continuing the tradition of midday concerts established by Gian Carlo Menotti, the musicians of the Budapest Orchestra deliver a series of chamber performances at the Teatro Caio Melisso Spazio Carla Fendi. The programme of the morning concerts is a tribute to Gian Carlo Menotti, with a new transcription for voice and ensemble of the Canti della lontananza and pieces by contemporary composers. The evening concerts feature Antonio Vivaldi’s serenata for three voices and ensemble La Senna festeggiante, a masterpiece of Baroque repertoire.
Founded in 1983 by Fischer and Zoltán Kocsis to draw Hungary’s best solists into a single ensemble, in less than 25 years the BFO has emerged as one of the world’s top ten orchestras, according to BBC Music Magazine, also winning two Gramophone Awards and a Diapason d’Or, in addition to other accolades. The orchestra’s players are renowned for their dynamism and enterprising spirit. Their core repertoire spans historic to contemporary works, as well as the popular music of Central and Eastern Europe. Their chamber ensemble raises the extraordinary standards already achieved by the entire orchestra.
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