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Founded and directed by the Franco-Hungarian conductor Bruno Kele-Baujard, the Ensemble Zene has made a specialty of daring and off-the-beaten path programs. Its evocative name - "zene" is the Hungarian word for "music" - inclines it towards the Magyar-speaking repertoire, and it is therefore quite natural that it devotes its second recording to the a cappella works of Bartók, Kodály and Ligeti, whose centenary is being celebrated in 2023.
Hungarica explores the diversity of their languages, from Bartók's miniatures (Négy régi magyar népdal) to Ligeti's mysterious sound layers, while at the same time opening a window on the fascinating Hungarian imagination, nourished by a folklore that infiltrates both the text and the music.
Bruno Kele-Baujard conductor