The Vígadó Concert Hall in Budapest
The Vígadó Concert Hall is a famous building in the center of Budapest, a classical music institution, a cultural and entertainment center.
Feszl Frederick started to deal with the plans of a new Vigadó in the year 1858.
The Romantic building mixed with eastern elements caused a stir and soon became one of the most important cultural and educational institutions of the capital of those days.
The Vígadó Concert Hall in Budapest was inaugurated at the occasion of a formal ball in January 1865.
The interior of the building is decorated by frescoes with ballade themes made by Károly Lotz and Mór Than. The majority of the statues are made by the sculptor Charles Alexy.
Famous musicians in the Vígadó Concert Hall
In 1865 Franz Liszt presented there his oratorio called The Legend of Saint Elizabeth. The Vígadó Concert Hall has served several purposes: in the 19th century balls, gala receptions were organized here, and was the place of a large number of music performances. The famous personalities that visited the capital city held performances in the Concert Hall of the Vígadó. These names include people as Johannes Brahms, Camille Saint-Saens, Claude Debussy, there conducted Bruno Walter and Herbert von Karajan and the soloists Emil Sauer, Vladimir Horowitz and Arthur Rubinstein were also guests of this building.
The Vígadó become the home of the Philharmonic Association right after the building was finished. At the beginning Ferenc Erkel conducted here the orchestra for several times. The performances of Bela Bartok are commemorated by the plaque that can be seen on the walls of the building.
Damages and the reconstruction of the Vígadó Concert Hall
During the Second World War the building of the Vígadó Concert Hall suffered severe damages and there was a long dispute whether there will be any reconstruction or not. The renovation finally began in the 1970s. The rebuilt Vigadó was opened in 1980 and is currently one of the most beautiful community center in the country.
The Vígadó Concert Hall today
The concert hall is somewhat smaller than the earlier and its acoustics were improved being the only concert hall of mid category. The concert hall has 700 seats, the chamber hall can accommodate 220 persons and gives place to theatrical performances, chamber concerts and cultural events. One of the most important contemporary art exhibition place in Hungary is the Vigadó Gallery. The building is also used for various conferences, banquets, and receptions as well.