The oratorio Image of God in Palace of Arts Budapest

Géza Szőcs: Liberté 1956

My oratorio Image of God, written for Gábor Hollerung and his Ernő Dohnányi Smyphony Orchestra after Géza Szőcs' drama Liberté 1956, in remembrance of the Hungarian national anticommunist revolution in 1956, first performed in 2006, is going today to be performed again by the same conductor and orchestra.

My relationship with the revolution is quite controversial: while, born in Transylvania, grown up in Ceauşescu's dictatorship, I can completely experience the euphoria of getting free of a crippling, suffocative state order, the heroism of an inequal fight against the communist Goliath, nevertheless I am not so familiar with the affected pathos encompassing this historical episode. 

This discrepancy is evident in Géza Szőcs' serious-dramatic-ironical-frisky texts, and also in music of Image of God, in which could be find many reminiscences: the I. movement (Prophecy) recalls the style of Kodály, the II. movement (The boys of Pest) the stíle of Khatchaturian. The V. movement (Image of God) begins with a choral adaptation in style of Bach, in which the role of choral melody is played by well-known Hungarian church tune Our mother Holy Lady.

There is also a discrepancy in the reception of this work: while I became one of the worst critiques to the first performance of the piece, Gábor Hollerung and his orchestra likes it very much, they performed it many times and did also a CD recording from the piece. I am very curious to the impression of the performance of today.

The solo singers on the concert will be: Polina Pasztircsák, soprano, and Géza Gábor, bass. Featuring: Angelica Girl's Choir (artistic leader: Zsuzsanna Gráf), the Hungarian National Choir (artistic leader: Csaba Somos) and the Ernő Dohnányi Symphony Orchestra, conductor: Gábor Hollerung.