“CARPATHIAN IMPRESSIONS” with Éva Polgár, László Borbély, Gábor Varga

Featuring improvisations and works by Liszt, Bartók, and Kodály

Carpathian Impressions at a glance:

  • 3 Hungarian pianists performing works by 3 Hungarian composers on 2 pianos
  • Performers: László Borbély, Éva Polgár (both classical piano), Gábor Varga (jazz piano)
  • Program will include classical and jazz piano pieces for solo piano, piano duo, and piano trio.
  • Beyond the traditional presentation of classical piano pieces and jazz improvisation, audiences will hear Béla Bartók’s Seven Pieces from Mikrokosmos for two pianos and four hands with jazz fusion.
  • Gábor Varga will interact on a second piano with Borbély and Polgár, and will take motives from the pieces to improvise on them.
  • Borbély and Polgár will also perform solo works by Liszt, Bartók, and Kodály.

Complete Program:

LISZT Two czardas
BARTÓK Allegro barbaro
BARTÓK Improvisations on Hungarian Peasant Songs
LISZT Csardas macabre
LISZT Sursum corda. Erhebet eure Herzen.
KODÁLY Valsette
KODÁLY Meditation on a motif of Claude Debussy
LISZT Hungarian Rhapsody No. 6
BARTÓK Seven Pieces from Mikrokosmos for two pianos
Jazz piano improvisations on Hungarian folk melodies
Program Finale — classical-jazz adaptation of four movements from the Mikrokosmos.

Los Angeles Nov.22

Carpathian Impressions” kicks off its three-city US tour in Los Angeles, offering a blend of classical and jazz piano music based on the Carpathian Valley’s thousand-year-old musical heritage. On the wings of familiar melodies by Liszt, Bartók, and Kodály plus improvisations inspired by the traditions of Central Europe, Hungarian classical pianists Éva Polgár and László Borbély and jazz pianist Gábor Varga take listeners on a sensational journey, exploring the diverse, heartbreaking, peaceful, and virtuosic nature of this ancient cultural treasure.

This concert will take place on Tuesday, November 22, 2022, at 7:30 pm, at the Colburn School’s Zipper Hall, 200 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA.  Read more…

New York City Nov.27

This concert will take place on November 27, 2022, at 7:30 pm at the Zankel Hall, Carnegie Hall – New York City. Read more…

Washington D.C. Nov.29

This concert will take place on November 29, 2022, at 7:30 pm at the Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center – Washington, D.C. Read more…

For more information, please visit the artists’ websites: evapolgar.com, borbelylaszlo.hu, and vargajazz.com