Four exceptional musicians - including one of Hungary's leading young artists - assemble in Inner Temple's elegant Parliament Chamber to celebrate the centenary of Béla Bartók's first visit to London, which was arranged by Peter Warlock. (This piece of London's history is commemorated by the statue of Bartók outside South Kensington tube station, near to where he stayed).
Tonight's luxurious programme explores the worlds of the two composers, featuring songs by Warlock and Strauss, one of Britten's finest cycles, and ravishing works for violin & piano by Debussy and Bartók. Folk and dance-infused music includes Warlock's ever-popular Capriol Suite. And Libby Burgess & James Cheung also put Inner Temple's Steinway through its paces in a number of Hungarian Dances by Brahms.
Bartók Andante in A Major
Bartók Rhapsody for Violin & Piano No.1
Warlock Capriol Suite
Debussy Sonata for Violin & Piano
Britten Seven Sonnets of Michelangelo
Brahms Hungarian Dances
Bartók Romanian Dances
100 minutes (including interval)
Barátság means friendship in Hungarian.
"The warm, sensitive pianism of Libby Burgess"The Observer
"Magical simplicity"The Strad on Júlia Pusker
"Benjamin Hulett's sound is simply glorious - rich, rounded, warm and expressive"The Independent