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July 6, 2019

Unknown Bayreuth on the Danube: The Budapest Wagner Days. Production Photos from Das Rheingold

Freia (Lilla Horti), Fasolt (Per Bach Nissen) & Fafner (Walter Fink)
The Budapest Wagner Days are a 15-year old institution that I only got to know this year. Shame on me. At the heart of the Wagner Days, initiated by Ádám Fischer and taking place at the Müpa, Budapest’s splendid modern arts center, has been an annual Ring Cycle, always coupled with another Wagner opera. Last year, this cycle was

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Charles T. Downey Briefly Noted: Piemontesi’s Colorful Liszt

Liszt, Années de pèlerinage, 2ème Année (“Italie”) / Légende No. 1 , F. Piemontesi
(released on May 24, 2019)
Orfeo C982191 | 62’19”

1ère Année (2018)It was a pleasure to discover Francesco Piemontesi earlier this year when he made his debut with the National Symphony Orchestra. Far more impressive than his take on a Rachmaninoff blockbuster was his encore, a sensitively voiced rendition of

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Unknown A Stunning Orchestral Surprise in Budapest

A Budapest Miracle? Concerto Budapest’s “Wow” Moment

Budapest, March 27, 2019: Müpa: Ever since Budapest’s new concert hall—known as “Müpa” or “Palace of Arts”—with its combination of high-tech echo chambers and its traditional common-sense “shoebox” design opened in 2005, I’ve wanted to hear it in action. Located at the edge of downtown—alongside the Danube, right next to the comically hideous

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