Bartok’s Concerto for Orchestra is probably his best-known work. Written in 1943 and one of his final works, all the hallmarks of Bartok’s music are here: fierce, rhythmic energy, vivid extremes of colour, folk themes interwoven with glorious melodies. It is a spectacle in every sense, and one that demands a virtuoso display from the entire orchestra. It is performed alongside excerpts from Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet ballet music, seen by many as the unrivalled musical interpretation of Shakespeare’s tragedy, and Olga Neuwirth’s 2009 composition Remnants of Songs…an Amphigory, a piece based on a book by Ulrich Baer which contrasts two ideas – one serious, the other playful: the shock-like influence of specific historical experiences on artistic creation, and non-sense poetry.
Forthcoming concerts in London
May 22 2013, 13:00 - 1901 Arts Club
A lunchtime recital by cellist Ella Rundle
May 22 2013, 19:30 - Royal Festival Hall
Sir Andrew Davis celebrates Wagner's bicentenary, conducting excerpts from Die Meistersinger and Die Walküre