Philharmonia Orchestra – Bartók & Kodály


Where: Royal Festival Hall

When: Thursday 8th Feb 2018

Info: The Philharmonia Orchestra performs Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra and Kodály’s Dances of Galánta.

Bartók’s witty Concerto for Orchestra darts and dives across the orchestra, spotlighting each section as melodies race from one instrument to the next.

Bartók described the work as `apart from the jesting second movement, a gradual transition from the sternness of the first movement . . . to the life-assertion of the last one’. This `jesting’ refers to Bartók’s tongue in cheek quotation of Shostakovich’s Leningrad Symphony. Bartók detested this piece, and made sure to give his borrowed theme an orchestral raspberry.

Philharmonia Orchestra – Bartók & Kodály


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