The concert marking the 25th anniversary of the Erdődy Chamber Orchestra was devoted to Hungarian and Polish music of the 20th and 21st centuries. The event took place on 10 October at the National Philharmonic as part of the “Orchestras of the World” series.

Miklós Rózsa, representing the generation that came after Bartók and Kodály, started to collaborate with film studios towards the end of the 1930s. In 1940, he settled in the United States. It was here that he wrote his famous sound tracks to such movies as The Jungle Book, The Thief of Bagdad, and Ben-Hur. In 1943, he composed his Concerto for String Orchestra, which contained allusions to the Baroque concerto grosso with the added spice of Hungarian folk tropes.

The works of Rezső Sugára remain virtually unknown outside of Hungary. The concert included his neoclassical Divertimento from 1948. György Orbán is known mainly for his polystylistic choral music. His 2014 three-movement Sopra canti diversi, conceived especially for the Erdődy Chamber Orchestra, is full of original chords and showcases the potential of string orchestra.

The concert program opened and ended with two works by Polish composers that have become permanent fixtures in the Orchestra’s repertoire: Szymon LaksSinfonietta and Wojciech Kilar’s Orawa.

10 October 2019 | 7 p.m.
Erdödy Chamber Orchestra Anniversary Concert
National Philharmonic
Jasna 5, 00-950 Warszawa, Poland
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