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String Quartets in Eszterháza /1. – Concert of the Pulzus Quartet

5 August, 2022 - 7:00 PM
Esterházy Palace, Fertőd-Eszterháza - Apollo Hall
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String Quartets in Eszterháza /2. – Concert of the Szigeti Quartet

6 August, 2022 - 7:00 PM
Esterházy Palace, Fertőd-Eszterháza - Apollo Hall
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String Quartets in Eszterháza / 3. – Concert of the Pulzus Quartet

7 August, 2022 - 7:00 PM
Esterházy Palace, Fertőd-Eszterháza - Apollo Hall
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String Quartets in Eszterháza 2022

On the weekends of August, string quartet music will be performed by outstanding Hungarian quartets within the walls of the Esterházy Palace in Fertőd

The Esterházy Palace in Fertőd-Eszterháza is the only location in modern-day Hungary that is circled in red ink on the map of eighteenth-century European music history. Joseph Haydn worked there for almost half of his active life, from 1766 to 1790, and during that period he spent most of every year there in the service of Prince Nicholas Esterházy I ‘the Magnificent’.

Playing and listening to Haydn in Eszterháza is a unique experience.

The Haydneum – Hungarian Centre for Early Music considers Eszterháza a special place and is preparing a major programme to commemorate the 250th anniversary of Empress Maria Theresa’s visit to Eszterháza in 2023.
This summer, the string quartet concert series, organised in cooperation with the Philharmonia Hungary and the Eszterháza Public Benefit Non-profit Ltd., will also welcome the mentors and scholarship holders of the Sándor Végh String Quartet Programme, which has been announced by the Philharmonia Hungary every year since 2021 to cultivate and develop the Hungarian string quartet tradition.

 

Esterházy kastély

In cooperation with the Haydneum, the Authentic Quartet will give a concert on the Night of Museums programme of the National Széchényi Library on 25 June from 17:40 in the 6th floor of the Museum.
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The first Haydneum Festival of Sacred Music has come to an end with a great success

In 10 days, 7 concerts in Budapest and 4 in the countryside, a recording, 10 ensembles, 19 soloists, 5 conductors, and so many unforgettable experiences! Thank you for joining us - we will continue next year!
A photo report of the festival moments.

Photo: Pilvax Films

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Press conference - Haydneum Festival of Sacred Music - 3-12 June 2022
The Haydneum will hold its first Festival of Sacred Music in Budapest from 3 to 12 June 2022, at the University Church and Inner-City St. Michael’s Church.

The Haydneum – Hungarian Centre for Early Music was founded in 2021 as a new institution to promote the values of Early Music in Hungary and to promote the Hungarian Baroque, Viennese Classical and early Romantic repertoire (1630-1830). To this end, it provides opportunities for Hungarian and international performers, both old and modern, to promote the Haydneum repertoire at its own festivals. The Festival of Sacred Music features mainly Hungarian performers, including the institution’s resident ensembles (the Purcell Choir and the Orfeo Orchestra under the artistic direction of György Vashegyi), Capella Savaria conducted by the world-famous Nicholas McGegan, the Liszt Ferenc Chamber Orchestra, Capella Du Mont (artistic director: László Gesztesi-Tóth) with the Savaria Baroque Orchestra conducted by Pál Németh, the Erdődy Chamber Orchestra and the Hungarian Choir of the Kodály Zoltán Hungarian Choir School conducted by Márton Rácz, the Aura Musicale, and the Children’s Choir of the Versailles Baroque Music Centre (Les Pages du Centre de musique baroque de Versailles) conducted by Fabien Armengaud. These excellent ensembles will be joined by a promising line-up of soloists, including Adriána Kalafszky, Viola Thurnay, Zoltán Megyesi, Ákos Borka, Eugénie Lefèbvre, Gwendoline Blondeel, Paulin Bündgen, Mária Lőkösházi and Ágnes Kovács.

The concerts, which start at 8pm, will include works by Michael and Joseph Haydn, Pergolesi, Werner and Albrechtsberger, as well as special programmes, The Savaria Baroque Orchestra will perform a selection from the collection of sacred music of the Bodajki Help of Our Lady of Bodaj, Balázs Máté and Aura Musicale will play Strattner-Capricornus-Esterházy, and the Erdődy Chamber Orchestra will perform Druschetzky-Lickl-Hummel.

The first four concerts of the festival will be performed in Szeged, Pécs, Veszprém and Békéscsaba, in the framework of the Con Spirito Church Music Festival of Filharmonia Hungary, our partner.

 

(Photo: Miklós Teknős)

Haydneum Festival of Sacred Music 3-12 June 2022, Budapest

Haydneum organises its first Festival of Sacred Music in Budapest, in the University Church and in the Inner-City Church of Saint Michael between 3 and 12 June .

The Festival of Sacred Music will primarily feature Early Music performers from Hungary, such as Haydneum’s resident ensembles, the Purcell Choir and the Orfeo Orchestra under György Vashegyi’s artistic leadership, Capella Savaria conducted by the worldwide celebrated Nicholas McGegan, the Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra, Capella Du Mont, Savaria Baroque Orchestra under the baton of Pál Németh, the Erdődy Chamber Orchestra, the Mixed Choir of the Zoltán Kodály Hungarian Choir School with Márton Rácz as conductor, the Aura Musicale, as well as Les Pages du Centre de musique baroque de Versailles (children’s choir) under the leadership of Fabien Armengaud. The concerts held without an intermission and starting at 8 o’clock will feature works by Michael and Joseph Haydn, Pergolesi, Hummel, Strattner, Esterházy, Caldara, Rathgeber, Brixi, Bengráf, Chrio, Werner and Albrechtsberger. Some of the concerts will be preceded by music historical discussions, thanks to which the audience can listen to familiar and yet unknown compositions enriched with new information.

(Photo: István Oravecz)

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Leclair: Scylla et Glaucus

Another collaboration between the Haydneum and the Liszt Academy of Music, the Orfeo Music Foundation and the Centre de musique baroque de Versailles, this time for a joint production of Jean-Marie Leclair's opera "Scylla et Glaucus", to be performed and recorded at the Liszt Academy between 24 and 26 March 2022.
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Cherubini: Les Abencérages

In cooperation between French and Hungarian institutions and with the support of the Haydneum, a performance and recording of Cherubini's Les Abencérages will take place in March 2022 at Müpa Budapest.

Casimir Eloy en troubadour (Les Abencérages de Cherubini)

© Paris Musées / Musée Carnavalet, source: http://www.bruzanemediabase.com/eng/Persons/CHERUBINILuigi

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Cooperation between the National Széchényi Library and the Haydneum

The National Széchényi Library's Digitisation Centre has been inaugurated, marking the beginning of a major collaboration between the National Széchényi Library and the Haydneum.

The National Széchényi Library has today inaugurated the largest and most modern digitisation facility of any public collection in Central Europe, capable of digitising 10 million pages per year and all types of documents in the library.

The aim of the collaboration between the OSZK and the Haydneum – Hungarian Centre for Early Music is to use the new digitisation centre to process, with the participation of Haydneum staff, musical and musicological remains of great cultural value from 1600 to 1850 in Hungary.

The Esterházy Collection, one of the most valuable holdings of the OSZK’s theatre and music library, contains manuscript scores of composers from the 18th to 19th centuries, including Haydn, Werner, Albrechtsberger and others. In the course of the cooperation, we plan to make the Early music scores and documents preserved in the OSZK available in digital form, and in line with our basic mission, these newly discovered works will soon be available in concert halls and on recordings, so that they can be presented to the general public.

 

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Hungarian Centre for Early Music

The aim of the Haydneum is to champion the merits of early music in Hungary and popularise the Hungarian-linked repertoire from the Baroque, Viennese Classical and early romantic periods (1630-1830).
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Eszterháza and Haydn

The Esterházy Palace in Fertőd-Eszterháza is the only location in modern-day Hungary that is circled in red ink on the map of eighteenth-century European music history. Joseph Haydn worked there for almost half of his active life, from 1766 to 1790, and during that period he spent most of every year there in the service of Prince Nicholas Esterházy I ‘the Magnificent’.
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Haydneum - Esterhazy kastély

Haydneum repertoire

The repertoire of Haydneum combines two different aspects of the Hungary-related Baroque, Classical and early Romantic musical heritage. First, it covers works composed in Hungary (partly by Hungarian composers) at the time and a wealth of 17th, 18th and 19th-century compositions written in other countries but preserved in Hungarian libraries and archives.
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Istvánffy: Conforto Aria Offertorium