Schubert / Donizetti

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PreviousMay 2020

'This is the final sign of the friendship I felt for poor Bellini,' wrote Gaetano Donizetti of the origin of the Messa da requiem, a work he started to compose in Paris in 1835, in the midst of rehearsals for Lucia di Lammermoor, after learning of the death of his highly esteemed colleague, his junior by four years, Meaning that Donizetti's funeral mass - just like Verdi's, who was moved to write his own Requiem first by the loss of Rossini, and later by that of Alessandro Manzoni - was also inspired by the demise of another great artist. The parallel between the two works can be taken even further in that, just like Verdi's, Donizetti's long-lost piece, which was only first recorded in 1989, preserves the composer's operatic melodiousness - with some analysts considering it a precursor to the Verdi Requiem - even though it also contains contrapuntal passages. 

Program and cast

Conductor: Speranza Scappucci


Polina Pasztircsák, soprano

Dorottya Láng, mezzo-soprano

Alexey Tatarintsev, tenor

Hungarian Radio Choir (choirmaster: Zoltán Pad)
Concerto Budapest


Schubert: Symphony No. 1 in D major, D. 82

Donizetti: Requiem

Palace of Arts

The Palace of Arts (Művészetek Palotája in Hungarian) is a building in Ferencváros, Budapest, Hungary, officially opened in March 2005. It is located near Rákóczi Bridge and was designed by Zoboky, Demeter and Partners Architectural Office. The National Theatre, which opened in 2002, is located next to it.


Both the Palace of Arts and the National Theatre are part of the new Millennium City Center being created in Budapest.

The structure of the Palace of Arts covers a ground area of 10,000 m² and the total floor space of the building is 70,000 m². It received the Prix d’Excellence of FIABCI in 2006.

The general manager is Csaba Kael.


Performing arts and other facilities


Bartók National Concert Hall is 25 m high, 25 m wide and 52 m long, providing a total capacity for 1,699 people. The concert hall features variable acoustics. The organ of the concert hall, inaugurated in 2006 by Xaver Varnus, has 92 stops and 5 manuals as well as 470 wooden pipes, 5028 tin pipes and 1214 reed pipes. It is one of the largest organs in Europe. A fully playable virtual version of this pipe organ named Palace of Arts Budapest Pipe Organ Samples was developed in 2008.


Ludwig Museum.  This is a state of the art Contemporary Art Museum with paintings by;Picasso("Musketeer With Sword"),David Hockney,Tom Wesselman,Richard Estes("Rappaport Pharmacy") plus paintings by these Modern Hungarian Masters;Imre Bukta("Officers at Pig Feast").Laszlo Feher,and Imre Bak.There are also creations by;Claes Oldenburg ("Lingerie Counter"),Yoko Ono,and Markus Lupertz.

Festival Theatre.  The Festival Theatre, in the Eastern third of the Palace of Arts building, seats 452 and also has the most modern technology.

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