Budapest Festival Orchestra
This article is from 2006.
Not so long ago, as part of its international series, the Usher Hall played host to the Budapest Symphony Orchestra. An orchestra that was formed as part of the Hungarian state broadcasting organisation after the Second World War, it is not to be confused with the Budapest Festival Orchestra which makes a welcome return to Edinburgh with founding conductor, Iván Fischer.
Formed just over 20 years ago with musicians drawn from the top ranks of Hungary’s younger professional players, the Budapest Festival Orchestra has risen fairly dramatically to international standing. For their Edinburgh programme, Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, the brilliant masterpiece of primeval ritual sacrifice that caused a riot at its premiere, has to be worth going for alone. And as a calling card from home, Bartok’s charming and colourful Rumanian Dances will no doubt glow with an infusion of authentic Magyar passion. (Carol Main)
Usher Hall, 473 2000, 23 Aug, 8pm, £7.50-£36.