Top 10 Category: Hungarian Chamber Music

This week we tip our hat to David Letterman and his iconic Top 10 List. While the Top 10 List has included just about everything, including Renée Fleming singing the Top 10 List “Opera Lyrics,” I’m not so sure Hungarian Chamber Music has ever been a featured category. Thus—with National Chamber Music Month in mind of course—the Top 10 Category of “Hungarian Chamber Music” is presented here to prep you for this weekend’s chamber music concert choices (please check the event listings below for dates, times, and venues). So without further ado:

Hungarian Chamber Music

[10] In written Hungarian, chamber music translates to “kamarazene.”

[9] Franz Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody in A minor, No. 13 will be performed on Saturday evening in the opening concert of the Tannery Pond Concerts 2015 summer season.

[8] While Franz Liszt was born in Austria and didn’t speak Hungarian, it is clear through his works and legacy that he identified himself and has been embraced as Hungarian. He founded the Franz List Academy of Music—a renowned concert hall and music conservatory in Budapest and home to the Liszt Collection. Liszt is also the namesake of the airport that serves the Hungarian capital city of Budapest: the Liszt Ferenc International Airport (BUD/LHBP).

[7] Pianist Aniko Szokody is a native of Hungary and holds a Piano Artist Degree and Teachers Diploma from the Franz Liszt Academy of Music. Szokody has just returned from Hungary to perform in the Capitol Chamber Artists concert on Saturday.

[6] Celebrated Hungarian composers Zoltán Kodály and Béla Bartók are particularly notable for their efforts in the Hungarian countryside collecting folk melodies and then using their essence in their own works.

[5] Ancient Hungarian folk songs use pentatonic scales.

[4] Cellist Cicely Parnas and pianist Ran Dank will be performing Béla Bartók’s Rhapsoday No 1 for Cello and Piano on the opening concert of the Tannery Pond Concert 2015 summer season this Saturday.

[3] Violinist Mary Lou Saetta and cellist André Laurent O’Neil will be performing Zoltán Kodály’s Duo for Violin and Cello on Saturday’s Capitol Chamber Artist program.

[2] On Sunday afternoon Trio 826 [Susanna Klein, violin, Julia Bullard, viola and Hannah Holman, violoncello] performs the season finale for the de Blasiis Chamber Music Series at the Hyde Collection. They will be performing Zoltán Kodály’s Intermezzo as part as their program.

[1] When asked about programming Zoltán Kodály’s Intermezzo, Trio 826 touts the work as being “tuneful and a little spicy, and Kodály’s time in the Hungarian countryside and folk influence permeates the harmonies and the melodies of the piece.”

How delicious sounding! So go forth and prepare those burgers, grills, and salads this Memorial Day weekend.  Then whet your summer appetites with a some Hungarian chamber music … with just about any of the concerts on this weekend’s menu!

Upcoming Events

  • WMHT “No Ticket Required”: Music of the Spheres Society performs Paganini
  • WMHT-FM (Radio Broadcasts), Troy (NY)
    Friday, May 29th 2015 at 1:00 pm

  • Musicians of Ma’alwyck: Moszkowski, Bartók, Stoyanov, Enesco
  • First Reformed Church of Schenectady, Schenectady, NY
    Friday, May 29th 2015 at 7:00 pm

  • Great Performances: Boston Symphony Orchestra with Andris Nelsons Inaugural Concert
  • WMHT-TV, Troy, NY
    Friday, May 29th 2015 at 9:00 pm

  • Capital Region Wind Ensemble: Grainger, Carter, Sousa, Lauridsen
  • Taylor Auditorium – Schenectady County Community College, Schenectady, NY
    Sunday, May 31st 2015 at 3:00 pm

  • “WMHT Live!”: Shanghai Quartet and Pianist Benjamin Hochman | Sheng, Janáček, Dvorák
  • WMHT-FM (Radio Broadcasts), Troy (NY)
    Sunday, May 31st 2015 at 6:00 pm

  • Seagle Music Colony: Centennial Celebration Concert | Bizet, Puccini, Rossini, Bernstein and more
  • Schroon Lake Central School Auditorium, Schroon Lake, NY
    Saturday, June 6th 2015 at 7:30 pm

  • Upper Hudson Musical Arts: Saratoga Chamber Players | Busch, Boismortier, Beethoven and more
  • Tannery Pond Community Center, North Creek, NY
    Saturday, June 13th 2015 at 7:30 pm

  • Pianist Pedja Mužijević and Baritone Tyler Duncan: Schumann and Schubert
  • Tannery Pond, Mount Lebanon, NY
    Saturday, June 13th 2015 at 8:00 pm

  • Saratoga Chamber Players: Busch, Boismortier, Beethoven and more
  • United Methodist Church, Saratoga Springs, NY
    Sunday, June 14th 2015 at 3:00 pm

  • Upper Hudson Musical Arts: Seagle Colony Children’s Opera “The Ugly Duckling”
  • Tannery Pond Community Center, North Creek, NY
    Tuesday, July 14th 2015 at 10:00 am

  • Upper Hudson Musical Arts: Lake Placid Sinfonietta
  • Tannery Pond Community Center, North Creek, NY
    Saturday, July 18th 2015 at 7:00 pm

  • Brooklyn Rider: Haydn, Frisell, Lyer, Kotche, Schubert
  • Tannery Pond, Mount Lebanon, NY
    Saturday, July 18th 2015 at 8:00 pm

  • Miró Quartet: Schubert and Beethoven
  • Tannery Pond, Mount Lebanon, NY
    Saturday, August 1st 2015 at 8:00 pm

  • Jeremy Denk, piano: Bartók, Scriabin, Beethoven
  • Tannery Pond, Mount Lebanon, NY
    Saturday, August 15th 2015 at 8:00 pm