MAO Plays Bartók Béla

Modern Art Orchestra Plays Béla Bartók: 15 Hungarian Peasant Songs

The Fifteen Hungarian Peasant Songs is a work by Béla Bartók: the composer has provided piano accompaniment to the folk songs he collected himself. The original work has been adapted for large orchestra by the creative artists of the Modern Art Orchestra, Kristóf Bacsó, János Ávéd, Gábor Subicz and Kornél Fekete-Kovács. In their work, they took great care to preserve the original form, melody and tone of the songs. Just as the orchestra builds a bridge between folk and contemporary art, the dance embodies the moods and feelings of life based on the original folk songs: the production was joined in 2023 by the artists of the Dezső Fitos Company, who use traditional folk dance as a starting point for contemporary art. The production brings our folk songs to life in their emotional fullness through music and dance – so that the viewer becomes a participant in the creation thanks to the immediacy of the experience. The musical material of the concert is imbued with Bartók’s legacy, and the MAO brings with it a certain Central and Eastern European feeling for life, straight from his homeland.

In 2019, the album received the Artisjus Award in the category of Popular Music Production of the Year, and the album won the Fonogram Award in the category of Hungarian Jazz Album of the Year.

Kornél Fekete-Kovács (Liszt Ferenc Prize winner), Kristóf Bacsó, János Ávéd and Gábor Subicz

Enikő Kocsis (Gyula Harangozó Prize winner) and
Dezső Fitos (Young Master of Folk Art and Gyula Harangozó Prize winner)

Harcsa Veronika – vocals
Mihály Dresch (Kossuth Prize winner) – trombone, saxophone
László Gőz – bass trumpet
Miklós Lukács – cimbalom
and the dance company of the Dezső Fitos Company and the 19-member Modern Art Orchestra