Bartók’s Roses is a vocal ensemble founded in Hungary in 2015 with the goal of performing Hungarian traditional and twentieth century vocal music. Two of the founding members of the ensemble, Kinga Cserjési and Johanna Földesi, are part of the Libero Canto international community.
The ensemble performed its first program, The Fairytale Cantata, in Békéscsaba in March 2018 as part of the Hungarian national cultural festival, Tavaszi Fesztivál (Spring Festival). The Fairytale Cantata is an original story based on four traditional fairytales, including The Wooden Prince, which forms the basis of Bartók’s ballet of the same name. Members of the ensemble alternate narration of the story with the singing of a cappella pieces by Béla Bartók, György Ligeti, and László Révész.
Bartók’s Roses’ current project, to begin in 2021, is to perform and record the 27 Pieces for Female or Children’s Voices by Béla Bartók. In performance, in addition to the musical pieces, a collection of Bartók’s letters will be read aloud.
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