Weather is starting to warm up again. So much so that I didn’t wear a coat when I walked to the gym. Workout was good and adding more weights and reps so I can get back to where I left off over a month ago.
Was a quiet afternoon so I cleaned the flat and reorganized some things. It takes about a week to decide where to keep stuff. The hosts offered to have someone come in and clean, but don’t think it needs it. I’m okay with the way it is.
Got ready for tonight’s Spring Festival event. This venue is much easier to get to since it is right off the #2 Metro line and then a 5 minute walk.
Here are the particulars for tonight’s performance:
The Zugló Philharmonia Choir’s Liszt Evening
Venue: Inner City Parish Church (Belvárosi plébániatemplom)
Ferenc Liszt played an important role in the 19th-century story of sacred music. Besides such large-scale works as the masses and the oratorios Christus and the Legend of Saint Elizabeth, the compositions closely associated with the liturgy also attest to a bold reconsideration of church music.
Liszt sought contemporary church music, whose links with the liturgy had become tenuous, to be closer again to the liturgical events. He thought the compositional principles of the Gregorian chant and Renaissance music would help to make those connections stronger.
The Zugló Philharmonia Choir’s programme outlines a portrait of Liszt the composer of church music, who, as he revisited long-forgotten traditions, became the most modern, most fearlessly progressive creative mind of his time.
I. Liszt: Ave Maria (1852) – Choir and Organ
II. Liszt: Ave Verum Corpus Christi (1871) – Organ solo
III. Liszt: Evocation (1862) – Choir and Organ
IV. Liszt: Via Crucis – The fourteen stations of the cross (1878) – Choir and Organ
Very intimate setting. While the church is large, seating was limited to around 200 people. I took a picture of the alter where the choir sang. The organ and pipes were in the back of the church. Fitting that this performance was in a church (see program notes) and added to the appreciation of the music. The choir was perfect and filled the sanctuary with their voices.
I took a picture of the outside of the church, which is about a block away from where I stayed in Budapest when here last August. Also a picture of the alter where the choir stood.
I’m still working on what I’ll see tomorrow evening.