Daily Journal: Friday, 7 April 2017

Still a bit windy outside as I got ready this morning. Had heard the Portland area has some mighty winds. Thankful that it wasn’t the case here. After some delays (self imposed) I made it to Flex Gym for my workout.

After the workout, I had some grocery items to pick up. The market is up the street from the gym so easy to loop into my morning walk. On the way back, I didn’t realize how much my muscles ached. Made carrying two bags a groceries a little harder. No pain, no gain!

Have another concert tonight so took a quick nap before preparing dinner. Made chicken, mashed potatoes and green peas too. I would have preferred baked chicken, but this flat’s kitchen doesn’t have an oven – so fried the chicken in a pan.

Had promised myself to leave earlier and get to the venue earlier for tonight’s performance. When I checked the map it looked like I just needed to take the #2 Metro and walk 5 minutes. Easy! As it turned out – wasn’t too difficult – just that the GPS in my phone was not very good help or it could have been me. Eventually I found which direction to head after leaving the Metro station. Got to the theater before the performance was to start. I’ll call this a win for arriving on time.

Venue:  THE PESTI VIGADÓ   http://www.pestivigado.hu/en/web/en

I’ve now scheduled so many performances, I’m having to remind myself of the program. Tonight was “Romantic Waltzes for Two Pianos”, performed by: Károly Mocsári and János Balázs.

Program Notes:

From Schubert and Chopin through Richard Strauss to Shostakovich, the two-hundred-year-old history of the waltz was always about more than a dance. The form may convey a feeling, nostalgic moods, complex human situations, or even a whole story. Now two great pianists, Károly Mocsári and János Balázs demonstrate how many faces this dance has.

In addition to graceful, elegant, playful and soaring waltzes, the programme also includes two pieces by Norbert Glanzberg (1910–2001) who was born in Austria–Hungary, but then found his home in France. A man with an eventful life, Glanzberg was a greatly versatile artist, who also earned world-fame as the composer of soundtracks and the writers of songs for Édith Piaf and Yves Montand, among others. His art absorbed the influence of such contemporaries as Alban Berg, Béla Bartók and Django Reinhardt.

Program:

  1. Tchaikovsky: Flower Waltz from the Nutcracker Suite – Zoltán Kocsis’s arrangement
  2. Dohnányi: Waltz Suite (Suite en valse), Op. 39
  3. Intermission
  4. Rachmaninoff: Suite No 2 – Valse. Presto, Op. 17
  5. Rachmaninoff: Symphonic Dances – Andante con moto (Tempo di Valse), Op. 45
  6. Norbert Glanzberg: Di Bobe gedenkt ir ershtn Bal (Grandma recalls her first ball)
  7. Norbert Glanzberg: Invitation à la valse

The performance started off slow with Tchaikovsky’s Flower Waltz. Something was a little off and the tempo was slow. Not at all vibrant or interesting, perhaps a little murky.  From there the program picked up the pace and became more interesting. Our applause became more enthusiastic as the program continued.

At intermission, I had the opportunity to visit with a couple of women and we enjoyed our coffee while talking about tonight’s performance, various performance venues in Budapest and the United States – where one of the woman’s sister lives.

I took some pictures of inside the performance hall. A very nice room, somewhat small considering the size of the building, and beautifully decorated. Our seats were very plush and comfortable. The ceiling was beautiful too!

Before I left, I took a picture of the grand staircase from the ground floor to the performance hall.

After intermission the program continued with some Rachmaninoff and finished with new composer for me – Glazberg. His pieces were very fun and lively.

Only one encore tonight, but it was perfect. One of the best loved waltzes of all time, “The Blue Danube Waltz”. Considering the Danube is about 100 meters away, it was very special. And well performed by the pianists.

Easy trip home from the performance. Though, perhaps because of the coffee, stayed up too late. Now watching Season 7, TNG.

 

One thought on “Daily Journal: Friday, 7 April 2017”

  1. Thanks for asking. I’ll go back an update my posting to include the venue name. It was at the Vigado – which is near the river, but didn’t see a museum. Here is a link: http://www.pestivigado.hu/en/web/en (in English)
    Perhaps you were thinking of the Bartok Bela National Concert Hall which is practically on the river and has a museum. Here is a link to that one: https://www.mupa.hu/en/about/the-building/bartok-bela-national-concert-hall Thanks for the inspiration to add the venue names! 🙂

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