1 Memory of Bardejov /
Erinnerung an Bartfeld, op.31
2 Comet Csárdás, op.49
3 Werböczy Csárdás, op.46
4 Tokay Drops /
Tokayer Tropfen, op.54
5 Nosegay-Csárdás /
6 Rays of Remembrances /
Strahlen der Erinnerung, op.50
7 Greetings to my Fatherland /
Gruß an mein Vaterland, op.56
8 Memory of Hermannstadt /
Erinnerung an Hermannstadt,
9 Sempre Crescendo, op.119
10 Bardejov Bathing Season Waltz 1844 /
Bartfelder Bade-Saison Walzer 1844
11 Mazzuchelli-March, op. 22
12 Mazur Przemyślski, op. 97
13 Mountaineers Delight /
Aelpler's Lust, op. 96
14 Conference Quadrille, op. 28
15 Good Bye / Auf Wiedersehen, op. 41
Piano duo Berešová-Brutovský
Lucia Berešová (1 - 8, 9, 11, 14)
Adam Brutovský (1 - 8, 10, 12, 13, 15)
The violinist, conductor, and composer Béla Kéler, by his birth name Albert Paul von Kéler, was born on 13th of February 1820 in the house no. 41 in the Town Hall Square of the city of Bartfeld (today´s Slovakian name: Bardejov). After his studies of music in Levoča, Debrecen and Prešov, he obtained the position of violinist at the "Theater an der Wien" in Vienna. At the same time, he studied harmony, counterpoint and started to compose. Since 1854, when he received the position of conductor of the Johann Sommer orchestra in Berlin, he used the name Béla Kéler. Later he became leader of the military band under Count Mazzuchelli and the Duke of Nassau. He spent the years of 1870-1872 as a leader of the spa-orchestra in Wiesbaden. He performed in all European cultural centres, such as London, Manchester, Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Paris, Munich, Dresden, Leipzig, etc. Still, he often and gladly returned to his home city of Bartfeld. Kéler wrote dozens of waltzes, marches, csárdáses, polkas, songs, galops, overtures and several "musical paintings", such as the idyllic Carpathians, his first important composition which praises the Slovakian nature. Kéler´s music, at the time of its creation, could hold its own with the Vienna masters Joseph Lanner and the "Waltz King" Johann Strauss jun. His manuscripts now belong in parts to the collection of the Šariš Museum in Bardejov and the National Széchényi Library in Budapest. In 2014, the Béla-Kéler-Society was founded in Bardejov. The purpose of the society is the presentation of the inheritance of Béla Kéler.
In 1858 Kéler started to compose a set of eight csárdás - Hungarian dances. The author's version of the Hungarian dances for piano four hands was released 1877 in two volumes by publisher Johann André - Offenbach am Main. The first dance Memory of Bartfeld, op. 31 is the most performed theme created by Kéler, unfortunately in the Hungarian dance No. 5 by Johannes Brahms, in which Brahms quoted 32 bars from the "Bartfeld-Csárdás" by Béla Kéler. The second dance Comet Csárdás, op. 49 Kéler dedicated to the leading personality of Hungarian cultural and political life in the second half of the 19th century - Mór Jókai. Kéler's memories of places where he worked, and especially of his homeland influenced many of his compositions as shown in the third dance Werböczy Csárdás, op.46, in the fourth Tokay Drops, op. 54, the sixth Rays of Remembrances, op. 50 and in the seventh Greetings to my Fatherland, op. 56. The fifth dance Nosegay-Csárdás, op. 40 is named after a boy's hat with a bunch of little flowers. The eighth dance Memory of Hermannstadt, op. 123 is Kéler's reflection of the city of Sibiu (German name is Hermannstadt) in today's Romania, where he served in the 10th infantry-regiment of the duke Mazzuchelli as bandmaster. The gallop Sempre Crescendo, op. 119 is the last of 13 galops Kéler composed. It was published by Bote & Bock in Berlin. Kéler wrote 76 waltzes (49 without opus number). As a young man of 24 years he composed the waltz Bartfeld Bathing Season Waltz 1844 from which the manuscript is preserved. After the revision by the author (1874) this composition was published by J. B. Cramer & Co. in London under the title Romantic Life, op. 101. On 1st of July 1861 Kéler finished in Pest the Mazzuchelli-March, op. 22, which was dedicated to his military regiment. This march is better known as Apollo-March WAB 115 by Anton Bruckner, whom the work was referred to by mistake. 1858 Kéler composed in Debrecen Mazur Przemyślski, op. 97 and dedicated it to the duke Mazzuchelli in memory of the polish city of Przemyśl. Mountaineers Delight, op. 96 is a set of five Styrian dances with typical grace notes. Conference Quadrille, op. 28 was written in 1853 in Vienna. Its final version was created after the revision in Wiesbaden (1876). Each of the six parts of the quadrille is dominated by musical motives of different regions of Europe of that time: Prussia, Austria, Sardinia, Russia, England and France. This quadrille was published by Bote & Bock in Berlin, as well as the mentioned compositions with the opus numbers 22, 96 and 97. The polka Good Bye, op. 41 was finished by Kéler in May 1855 in Pest. The author's version for piano was published in 1859 in Pest by Rózsavölgyi.
Lucia Berešová studied piano first at the Conservatory in Košice, then at the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava, where she regularly took piano master classes. In 2012 she played at the international music festival Forfest Czech Republic in Kroměříž and the following year she became a semifinalist of the international competition Pianist 2013 in Prague. In 2013 she spent a study period at the Academy of Music in Krakow. In the same year she played the renewed premiere of Karol Elbert's jazz sonata at the Bratislava Music Museum as well as at the "Musical Spring" in Trnava. As a pianist in the Piano duo Berešová-Brutovský she regularly performs works by Béla Kéler and other composers born in Slovakia.
Adam Brutovský is a graduate of the Music School in Poprad and the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava. Already as a pupil of the music school he became winner of several national and international piano competitions (e.g. Amadeus 2000, Mladý klavirista 2005, Festival I. Ballu 2007, etc.) and he performed at various music events and festivals (e.g. W. Pirchner Festival in Hall in Tirol). He also took several international piano master classes (Prague, Vienna). In 2008 he was granted funding and the title "Talent of the New Europe" in the competition program of the Central European Foundation and Slovnaft. As a university student he performed at the Hammerklavier-Festival in Bratislava (2011) and took piano master classes in Slovakia as well as in Austria. In 2014 he gave a piano recital at the "Musical Spring" in Poprad. Since the founding of the Piano duo Berešová-Brutovský in 2014 he has also performed as a chamber musician focusing on works of Slovak composers.