Budapest Spring Festival
The 2013 Budapest Spring Festival may well be offering on its second weekend what can be considered a festival within the festival, with a programme that is in harmony with the spirit of the Easter celebrations.
On 29 March, the world-famous Collegium Vocale Gent will perform Bach's St. Matthew Passion under the baton of Philippe Herreweghe. On the next evening, ChristophPrégardien, a splendid singer, will make hisdebut in Budapest as a conductor. Following tour dates in Oslo, Vienna, Warsaw, Luxembourg, Amsterdam, Brussels, Bologna, Lucerne and Paris, the world-famous evangelist of Bach's passions will conduct Le Concert Lorrain and the NederlandsKamerkoor at a particularly exciting concert of Budapest's "Easter Festival," performing Bach's St. John Passion. On 31 March, Marc Minkowski, a favourite with festival audiences, will conduct his own ensemble, the Les Musiciens du Louvre – Grenoble.
While these three concerts feature the crème de la crème of classicalmusic, the other days of the Festival will be no less star-studded. On 1 April, the wonderful French soprano, Patricia Petibon, who began her career in the world of classicalmusic and burst into world fame in the late 1990s, will enthralher audience in the Palace of Arts with an evening of arias, where she will be accompanied by the MünchenerKammerorchester. American violin virtuoso Joshua Bell returns to Budapest with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, performing Bruch's Violin Concerto. The superb instrumentalist will also wield the baton on 4 April, conducting a symphony each by Beethoven and Mendelssohn.
In 2013 the Festival will again host a special Hungarian premiere: on 4 April, Balázs Kocsár will conduct Weiner's incidental music for Csongor és Tünde, while the philosophic and poetic qualities of Vörösmarty's drama will be conveyed by a special theatrical atmosphere and rich visuals in the Palace of Arts on 7 April.