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The choir

A broad repertoire, with the accent on choral music from Eastern Europe, interpreted at a high level: with this ambitious artistic objective, the Dutch Liszt Ferenc Chorus has built up an outstanding reputation both in the Netherlands and abroad during the 15 years of its existence.

The fact that this chamber choir, with some twenty singers, bears the name of Franz Liszt is not as strange as it might seem. But surely the legendary pianist-composer is known mainly for his Hungarian rhapsodies, opera paraphrases and innumerable other piano pieces? Of course, but his extensive compositions also comprise an abundance of other works, including an impressive series of vocal compositions. The Liszt Ferenc Chorus has given frequent performances of a number of these very varied and musically diverse choral works, not only at festivals in the Netherlands and Germany but also during a successful Hungarian tour.The ensemble also attracted considerable commendation with its concerts in 1999 in the European Cultural Capital of Weimar, as well as in neighbouring Jena.

The choir regularly performs works not only by Liszt but, of course, also by Zoltán Kodály and Béla Bartók. And the choir's repertoire now also includes world premiere performances of compositions by Mihály (Brand) Mosonyi and Johann Michael Haydn, discovered in the archives of Budapest by Peter Scholcz, the choir's conductor and an avid hunter of such hidden treasures.