Some years ago, we celebrated the bicentenary of the birth of a great admirer of Italian Renaissance, the legendary Hungarian architect Miklós Ybl, who left behind not only his masterpiece, the Opera House but also such timeless works as the Castle Bazaar, St. Stephen’s Basilica and the Danubius Fountain on Erzsébet Square. The concert was attended by an audience of engineers and architects, and we have been trying to make the Ybl Concert a celebration of the architectural profession ever since. Several days before the concert, the Ybl Prizes, the highest accolades in Hungarian architecture, will be presented: the audience at the concert will get the chance to applaud the winners. When compiling the programme for the concert, we tried to select from masterpieces of Ybl’s contemporaries.

The Sound of Secession Vienna and Budapest – Mahler and Dohnányi

The YBL206 concert will feature masterpieces from Secession-era Vienna and Budapest. It was during a period of struggle that Gustav Mahler, the enfant terrible of the Viennese musical secession, wrote the movement Blumine as part of his First Symphony, which he later premiered in Budapest. The Rückert-Lieder, on the other hand, he composed in Vienna during the happiest phase of his life. It was around this same time, in Budapest, that Ernő Dohnányi composed his Symphony No. 1 in D minor, the most monumental work in the Hungarian history of the genre. The heroic, lyrical and playful themes wrap around each other like an art nouveau-style vine in the triumphant finale of the final movement.


Mahler: Blumine
Mahler: Rückert-Lieder
Dohnányi: Symphony No. 1 in D minor, Op. 9

Soloist » Atala Schöck
Conductor » Kocsár Balázs
Featuring the Hungarian State Opera Orchestra.

Hostess of the evening » Melitta Gyüdi

Our partners: Prime Minister’s Office, Ybl Society, Chamber of Hungarian Architects, Association of Hungarian Architects