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Throughout 2011 and 2012, Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Philharmonia Orchestra explore the musical world of Béla Bartók. One of the great voices of the twentieth century, Bartók's music ranges from the sensual and exotic to the dramatic and dangerous.

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With performances of Bartók's major orchestral works, as well as solo and chamber music, folk music, a study day and pre-concert talks, this must-follow series explores every aspect of Bartók's life and work. Concerts take place in the UK and Europe from January to November 2011.

On this site you can find films featuring Series Consultant Malcolm Gillies and Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor Esa-Pekka Salonen, examining Bartók's stage works, teaching, piano and string works, and his relationship with folk music, as well as the political and ethnic tensions in his native Hungary and his eventual move to America.

You can also read programme notes and articles by Malcolm Gillies and other Bartók scholars including László Vikárius, Peter Laki and Carl Leafstedt, as well as listening to extracts from his works.

Infernal Bartok Bartok and Folklore Bartok at the Keyboard Bartok on the Stage


Bluebeard's Castle At the Crossroads Bartok at the Piano Bartok in NYC Salonen & Bronfman meet Muzsikas Muzsikas Bartok on Stage Bartok's Orbit Folk Inspiration Folk Music Concerto for Orchestra Introduction to Bartok


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