János Balázs, József Lendvay and Béla Szakcsi Lakatos
Ferenc Liszt had already been a concert player for more than ten years when he first heard Niccolò Paganini play in Paris in 1832, and this experience reshaped his thoughts on music. “What a man, what a violin, what an artist! Heavens! What sufferings, what misery, what tortures in those four strings!”, he wrote in a letter. In the joint Paganini+ soirée of Cziffra Festival and VeszprémFest, János Balázs plays Liszt etudes, Béla Szakcsi Lakatos improvises and József Lendvay gives a virtuosic performance of the original compositions of Paganini. The speciality of this programme is that – in a very unconventional manner – it presents the innovation of Paganini’s oeuvre over several centuries: the audience of the Memorial Year can listen to his masterpieces in their original version, in a Liszt-arrangement and in a jazz arrangement.
This event is part of the George Cziffra Memorial Year, for further information and programmes, please visit: cziffra100.com