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Early Music Days in Veszprém

July 22-27, 2019

We are approaching the 6th Early Music Days in Veszprém. The one-week festival hosts mostly chamber music groups and smaller vocal groups performing early music. The concerts take place in the 18th century Jesuit church in a quiet valley of Veszprém, a location perfect to the event.

This year highlight is the concert given by Bruno Cocset, Maude Gratton and the Les Basses Réunies (France)

The concerts start at 7 p.m. The tickets cost 1500 HUF, except for the concert of the Le Basses Réunies (3000 HUF).  Tickets are sold before the concerts.

The festival is hosted by the local Recercare Régizenei Műhely founded by Csaba Nagy lutenist (who is also the founder of the festival), the Orlando Ensemble and the Orlando Association.

Early Music is a broad musical era embracing over 1000 years comprising Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque music of Europe (and of the overseas colonies). In this sense, even though this tradition has lived in many regional versions, it can be considered a common heritage of Europe. The early music movement that is still unfolding in Hungary but which began in Western Europe half a century ago is trying to revive the musical legacy of these past centuries as far as it is possible. Faithfulness is multifold: beyond authentic musical material, it means performing on period instruments (mostly copies or reconstructed instruments), in a historically informed way, sometimes in a historical ambient. The historically informed performance does not simply mean the reconstruction of these old instrumental techniques, but also the improvisations unfolding the basic theme. Instruments used in early music are acoustic, gut-stringed, woodwind, etc. they sound softly and gently compared to their modern correspondents. Most of the surviving works are solo pieces or music adaptable to chamber ensembles. These genres do not live in large concert halls, but in small chamber rooms, church acoustics, or home concerts. In these spaces, the relationship with the audience is also much more direct and intimate.

Csaba Nagy lutenist, the founder of the festival