Budafest: RNCM Chamber Music Festival
10-12 March 2017
For this year the RNCM Chamber Music Festival focused on Hungary: a so-called Budafest.
Bartok featured prominently, notably in Saturday’s evening concert, so too did Kodaly and Dohnanyi, and space was found too for a few of the many great composers influenced by Hungarian folk music. During the festival you could hear works by the likes of Brahms, Haydn and Liszt.
Perhaps the highlight of the weekend occurred in the second half of the aforementioned Saturday evening concert, where Gabor Takacs-Nagy conducted a group of experienced and promising, young musicians as they performed Bartok’s Music for Strings, Percussion and Celeste. It was a magical work, possessing a quicksilver shimmer and a rare transformative quality. After you heard it, there was an afterglow and the world seemed chockfull of possibility.