Infernal Dance is supported by The Meyer Foundation
Part of the Infernal Dance: Inside the World of Bela Bartók Series.
Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra is probably his most popular piece of music. Written in 1943 and one of his final works, all the hallmarks of Bartók’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, the musical equivalent of a peacock displaying its plumage. In this evening’s concert it is performed alongside the dazzling Dances of Galánta by Bartók’s close friend and collaborator Zoltán Kodály; and Bartók’s lyrical Violin Concerto No. 2, another late work, and in essence an extended series of melodic variations.
Infernal Dance continues
Oct 27 2011, 19:30 - Royal Festival Hall
Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts and Yefim Bronfman joins to perform Bartók's Second Piano Concerto.
Oct 27 2011, 12:00 - UNKNOWN VENUE
The first ever complete UK performance of Bartók’s Mikrokosmos for solo piano.
Oct 30 2011, 19:00 - Centro Cultural Novacaixagalicia, Vigo
Salonen conducts Duke Bluebeard's Castle in Vigo
Oct 31 2011, 19:30 - Auditorio Nacional Madrid
The Philharmonia performs in the Auditorio Nacionale, Madrid
Nov 01 2011, 19:30 - Auditorio Nacional Madrid
Salonen conducts Duke Bluebeard's Castle in Madrid
Nov 02 2011, 18:00 - Parry Rooms, Royal College of Music
Chamber concert at the Royal College of Music
Nov 03 2011, 19:30 - Royal Festival Hall
Salonen brings his Bartók series to a close with a semi-staged performance of Duke Bluebeard's Castle