The Nádor Concerto dates from two years before its composer's tragic death. I asked Barnabas to tell us more about it...
JD: Barnabas, how did the Violin Concerto by Mihaly Nádor come to light? And how did you come to be giving its world premiere?
BK: I got a phone call from my dear friend, the viola player Peter Barsony, who said that after years of research he had found several interesting pieces from Hungarian composers who suffered under the regimes of the first part of the 20th century. One of the most interesting was the Violin Concerto by Mihály Nádor, who died in the Holocaust in 1944 and finished his concerto in 1942. The manuscript was found in the Hungarian National Széchenyi Music Library. Leon Botstein, the concert's conductor, is always interested in this kind of repertoire, finding interesting music that hasn't been played, but is really worth learning. And they asked me would I be interested...? And I very much was and I'm just more and more enthusiastic about the piece!
JD: What is the music like? What do you enjoy most about it? Do you think it is a work that might enter the general concert repertoire now?
JD: Do you think there are many more pieces by him waiting to be rediscovered and performed?
JD: Do you have any plans for further performances or a recording?