In the upcoming podcast, 1837: A Year in Classical Music, vol. 6, I’ll discuss a very good chamber piece written by the lesser-known Hungarian composer Ferenc Erkel. He would go on to compose the great Hungarian national opera of the 19th century, Bánk Bán, in 1861. (The title is the name of the opera’s main character. You’d render it in English as something like Duke Bánk.) Click the link above to purchase a preferred recording.
This marks the second time, so far, that A Year in Classical Music has encountered a composer who’s written his country’s great national opera. Leevi Madetoja would do so for Finland with Pohjalaisia in 1924.