Hungarian Rhapsodies New Zealand Tour 2011

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Sponsored by the Turnovsky Endowment Trust.

To mark the Liszt bi-centenary this year, the New Zealand String Quartet brought Hungarian piano virtuoso Péter Nagy to New Zealand for a national tour of Hungarian-inspired chamber music.

Peter NagyNagy, a graduate of the famous Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest and winner of the prestigious Liszt Award in 2001, has a remarkable international career as soloist and chamber music and is also active as a teacher, holding positions as Head of the Piano Department at the Liszt Academy in Budapest and Professor of Piano at the Hochschule für Musik in Stuttgart. He last toured with the New Zealand String Quartet in 2006 in the Magical Mozart Tour, when he was based at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch.

GuanajuatoFor this Hungarian Rhapsodies tour, the musicians  created intriguing programmes of chamber music written by Hungarian composers or inspired by the sounds and rhythms of Hungary.

Programme One

Bartok – String Quartet No 2
Ligeti – String Quartet No. 1 (‘Métamorphoses nocturnes’)
Liszt  – Fourth Mephisto Waltz/Bagatelle sans tonalité
Liszt – Csárdás in F-sharp minor and Csárdás obstinée
Dohnanyi – Piano Quintet No. 2 in E♭ minor, Op. 26

Programme Two

Beethoven – Rondo alla ingharese quasi un capriccio in G major Op. 129 “Rage over a lost penny”
Bartok – String Quartet No 4
Liszt – Hungarian Rhapsody No 12 for piano
Brahms – Piano Quartet No 1 in G minor Op. 25 (1861)

Programme Three

Dohnanyi – Piano Quintet No. 2 in E♭ minor, Op. 26
Ligeti – String Quartet No 1 (‘Métamorphoses nocturnes’)
Brahms – Piano Quartet No 1 in G minor Op. 25