Zoltán Kodály Summer Evening
Béla Bartók Violin Concerto No.1; Rhapsody No.2 for Violin and Orchestra; The Miraculous Mandarin
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Voices
(Timothy Dean: chorus master)
Barnabás Kelemen, violin
Thomas Dausgaard, conductor
Béla Bartók wrote without compromise: his savage, sexually-charged ballet ‘The Miraculous Mandarin’ was so provocative that it was actually banned in the 1920s. It’s a cliché to say that the Hungarian violinist Barnabás Kelemen has this music in his blood, but as Bachtrack puts it, his “staggering virtuoso technique and a charismatic ability to communicate even the most complex music engagingly” make him an ideal interpreter of Bartók. Here he plays the composer’s First Violin Concerto and ‘Rhapsody No.2’, while the enchanting ‘Summer Evening’ by Bartók’s friend Kodály begins the concert in deceptive calm.
This concert forms part of the BBC SSO’s Bartók ‘Composer’ Roots series; it will be recorded for future broadcast on BBC Radio 3.