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GYÖRGY HALMOS - PIANIST

Autographed bi-fold program for an all Liszt and Bartok Hungarian recital at the Sala Mica in the Romanian Athenaeum in Bucharest, December 1, 1961.  The program was performed under the auspices of the Filharmonica de Stat “George Enescu” George Georgescu Music Director. We include the original newspaper review of the concert.

Halmos played an ambitious program including the Liszt Variations on a Motif of Bach, “Weinen, Klagen”, “Ricordanza” the 9th of the 12th “Transcendental” Etudes” and the “Dante” Sonata. The second portion of the concert was all Bartok, Sonatina, Improvisations on Hungarian Peasant Songs, Mikrokosmos and Two Romanian Dances.

Halmos (1915-1985) was born in Romania in the town of Oradea near the Hungarian border.  His initial introduction to music was a love for the music of Enescu.  He went to the Liszt Academy in Budapest in 1933 where he studied with Imre Stefaniai.  Graduating in 1935 he went to Vienna to study in the Vienna Conservatory master’s program with Paul Weingarten and Emil v. Sauer.  He received his Masters in 1937 and remained until the Anschluss in 1938 when Weingarten who was Jewish left Vienna.  Returning to Romania he settled in Transylvania in the center of the country for the duration of the War.  In 1945 he was appointed Professor of Pianoforte at the Hungarian Conservatory in Cluj, Romania. (The Conservatory became known as the Conservatory of Music, Gh. Dima in 1950.)  In 1967 he was appointed Professor of Pianoforte at the Bucharest Conservatory where he taught until his retirement in 1979.  A stickler for original performance, he taught his students to be faithful to the score.  His students included, Gabor Amiras,  Paul Dan, Elly Kalman, Radu Lupu, Judit Molnar, Imre Mokos, György Szava and György Selmeczi among the many.

He made his debut with orchestra rather late, at the age of 31 when he played Beethoven’s “Emperor” Concerto under the baton of George Enescu and the orchestra that now bears his name in the same hall as the program we are offering.  He performed significantly with the Timisoara Philharmonic from 1950-1955 and the Cluj Philharmonic from 1955 until the end of his life.  He also regularly performed in Bucharest, Vienna, France and Ankara, Turkey.  In 1955 he performed the Romanian premiere of Bartok’s 3rd Piano Concerto.  Halmos also performed all of the Beethoven Piano Sonatas over several broadcasts from different cities.  The pianist was also a frequent juror in Eastern European piano competitions, as well as Munich and Montevideo.

The program has 2 file holes and a center crease.  Considering it came in the suitcase of an escaping Romanian who left the Communist government behind for a better life in America, it is in excellent condition!

Extremely rare!

 

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