44th National Táncház Festival & Fair • 4–6 April 2025
Liszt Academy Concert Centre, 30 October 2019.
Kálmán Balogh last gave a most memorable concert entitled 40 Years on Stage in the Liszt Academy in 2015. Now, on the occasion of his birthday, he presents this more than four decades compressed into a single concert. Retrospectives and summaries always present artists with a great challenge because what was at one time innovative may be clichéd today; quite often, untrodden paths turn, with the passage of decades, into toll highways. Balogh Kálmán created a new style by building bridges between different music styles. His professional knowledge and artistic sensibilities, spiced up with a little ‘ethno-sauce’, have made him a legendary performer worldwide. At the beginning of the concert he evokes Béla Bartók with the assistance of Ágnes Herczku and Zoltán Juhász, as well as classical cimbalom player András Szalai. In the second half the emphasis is on folk music played in its original form. We journey through parts of the Central-Eastern European region where the cimbalom has become part of the music tradition. Fellow musicians and students help conjure up the finest musical moments of the past 60 years.

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Hungarian Folk Songs collected by Béla Bartók
Bartók: Three Hungarian Folksongs from Csík, BB 45b
Remembrance to Géza Allaga and Aladár Rácz
Couperin: Les rozeaux
Scarlatti: Keyboard Sonata in G major, K. 13
Improvisations on Folk Songs
Balkan Folk Music


Folk Dances from Gömör and Transdanubia
Music from Gyergyó collected by Kodály
Folk Music from Bonchida

Kálmán Balogh (cimbalom)
Miklós Lukács, Dániel Szabó, András Szalai, Ferenc Zimber (cimbalom), János Gelencsér (cimbalom, violin)
Branka Básits, Ágnes Herczku, Ágnes Szalóki (vocals)
Csaba Ökrös, Balázs Vizeli (violin), Péter Árendás (viola), Róbert Doór (double bass)
Zoltán Juhász (recorder)
Gipsy Cimbalom Band: Péter Bede (saxophone), Ferenc Kovács (trumpet, violin, vocals), Frankie Látó (violin), Csaba Novák (double bass), Mihály György (guitar)
Host: Endre Liber and Pál Richter

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