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Something's stirring in Budapest

By Stephen Everson   March 2004

Wotan’s emotional progess Overshadowing everything this month, even the splendid Peter Grimes that inaugurated the LSO’s centenary season, were the two concerts given at the Barbican by the Budapest Festival Orchestra under their musical director Iv?n Fischer. Both started imaginatively with works by Liszt, and whilst it was good to hear some of his symphonic poems, which are rarely performed, and never so well as by the BFO, there is no doubting that the heart of the two programmes were the performances of Act I of Die Walk?re on the first night and its long final scene on the second.

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