“Every art has the right to strike its roots in the art of a previous age” declared Béla Bartók. So when he took to the hills and fields of rural Hungary and Romania, he didn’t just record the folk-dances of a vanishing world, he found in them the key to the musical future. In this concert, Bartók goes to the dance: you’ll hear flashing fiddles, stamping rhythms, timeless calm and paprika-flavoured harmonies. But you’ll also hear some of the most original and gripping sounds of the 20th century, as Thomas Dausgaard and the orchestra follow Bartók’s musical journey from folklorist to the creator of an electrifying new musical language.
Pre-concert event: Bartók’s music for young people, performed by young local musicians.