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Beethoven Festival at CEU

Saturday, April 2, 2016, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm


The symphonies of Beethoven have long been regarded as the ultimate masterpieces – not the standard compositions, however, for chamber music ensembles. When these pieces were composed, there was no possibility to listen to recorded music, hence if you wanted to listen to a composition you either had to go to a concert, or had to play one of the contemporary transcriptions (mostly reductions for piano) typically performed in the salons of the bourgeoisie. The transcribers were mostly students and admirers of Beethoven, creating their versions typically not long after the first performance of a piece.

In this festival hosted joint by CEU and the Liszt Academy we plan to perform all of the symphonies, with each one transcribed by a different person for a different combination of instruments.


1st Symphony – String Quartet (K. Zulehrer, 1828)

Katalin Farkas – violin , Péter Surján – violin, Péter Tornyai – viola, Tamás Zétényi – cello


8th Symphony – Piano Four Hands (W. Meves 1890)

József Balog, János Palojtay – piano

5th Symphony – Piano Four Hands, violin, cello (C. Burchard, ca. 1870)
Domonkos Csabay, Kristóf Szőcs – piano, Katalin Farkas – violin, Tamás Zétényi – cello


Free entry. In order to reserve a seat, please sign up at