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Chief Conductor Riccardo Frizza & Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra Celebrate 80th Anniversary on 19 December

19 Dec 2023

Chief Conductor Riccardo Frizza conducts the Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra in a special concert to celebrate its 80th anniversary. The concert, which will take place at Müpa’s Béla Bartók National Concert Hall on 19 December, features Liszt’s Les Préludes, S. 97, Mendelssohn’s Psalm 42, Op. 42 and Richard Strauss’s Heroic Life, Op. 40. The concert will also be conducted by Tamás Vásáry and János Kovács and assisted by the Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and Choir, with conductor Zoltán Pad. The soloists are soprano Pastircsák Polina, tenors Balázs Orosz and Tamás Ress and basses Csaba Horváth and Péter Tóth.

This concert follow’s Frizza’s recent successful Dresdner Philharmonie debut, conducting Bellini’s I Puritani, starring soprano Jessica Pratt. Online Merker writes, “Already with these first notes, the intense design of the performance became apparent. Under the musical direction of Frizza, the Dresden Philharmonic played stylistically perfect, flawlessly, balanced and expressive, with clean, beautiful sounding horns, trumpets and trombones, very beautiful solo flute and excellent solo horn.”

Other recent highlights include conducting Il divulio universale at the Donizetti Festival, where he continues his tenure as Music Director of the Bergamo Donizetti Opera Festival. Connessi all’ Opera writes, “Riccardo Frizza’s conducting is broad in stretching the narrative arc. The transparency of the instrumental fabric recalls Rossini’s model, but the vigor and rhythmic precision, combined with a fine excavation of the phrasing, emphasize those elements that the young Verdi would treasure for his Nabucco a few years later. Another merit of Frizza is his profound knowledge of singing and its stylistic characteristics. The performers, always accompanied with sensitivity, benefit from this;” with Giornale della Musica adding “The musical performance conducted by the festival’s musical director Riccardo Frizza is enthralling, urging the Donizetti Festival Orchestra with very robust sonorities and rather fast tempos.”