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Listen: Liszt, Brahms and a surprise encore at the Beethovenfest

Expect many surprises in Dohnányi's variations, gypsy sounds in the Liszt Rhapsody and a full-blooded Brahms symphony. But don't wait too long; this audio stream will be online for a limited time only.

The Budapest Festival Orchestra, led by its founder, Iván Fischer, combines hot and spicy musicality with sharp dynamics, impeccable technique and a cosmopolitan aural culture. Fireworks also await you in the piano playing of Dénes Várjon, also from Hungary.

This program combines three of the greatest Hungarian composers with a German who loved that country's music like none other: Johannes Brahms.

And at the end, the musicians put down their instruments, regroup and deliver a serenade by Brahms - singing! The audience goes wild.

Franz Liszt:

Hungarian Rhapsody No. 1 S 244/1 (version for cymbalom and orchestra)

Ernö von Dohnányi:

Variations on a Children's Song for piano and orchestra, op. 25

Béla Bartók:

Three Folk Songs for piano (encore)

Johannes Brahms:

Symphony No. 4 in E Minor, op. 98

Johannes Brahms:

Abend-Ständchen (Evening Serenade; encore)

with Dénes Várjon, piano

Budapest Festival Orchestra

Iván Fischer, conductor

Recorded by DW in the Beethoven Hall, Bonn on September 19,2015.