Thirteen musicians brought Zoltán Kodály’s cello sonatas and vocal pieces into a contemporary musical environment on 27 October, 2017 in the Collegium Hungaricum Berlin.
CHB launched the Conduction Series in 2016, with the aim of organising double-gig-structured events reflecting on works of famous Hungarian composers such as Béla Bartók and György Kurtág. These events started with the 20th-century composers´ original pieces and were followed by reflections of the CHB resident orchestra with the conduction of Jean-Paul Bourelly, Renée Baker and Samu Gryllus. A few months ago the seven members of CHB Orchestra played without conduction for the first time and presented their own compositions.
For the 135th anniversary of the Hungarian composer, ethnomusicologist and pedagogue Zoltán Kodály’s birthday, a four-member vocal ensemble and a solo-cellist joined CHB Orchestra. Instead of giving two separate concerts, they embeded Kodály´s pieces in a contemporary musical environment with the conduction of Samu Gryllus.