Season Ticket bookings available from 14/03/19
General Ticket bookings available 29/04/19
A handsome prince, a beautiful princess, and a well-meaning fairy: it’s the stuff of children’s stories. But this is a fairy-tale with claws, and there are some startling surprises in store as Thomas Dausgaard and the BBC SSO venture into the flamboyantly colourful world of Bartók’s 1914/17 ballet The Wooden Prince – Hungary’s answer to The Firebird. Share the thrill of rediscovery and enjoy, too, the virtuosity of pianist Stephen Hough in Liszt’s volcanic Second Piano Concerto: who’s better equipped to make it take flight? A needle sharp modern classic from Ligeti sets things buzzing.
Prelude: 6.45pm in the Recital Room
Film historian Professor Erica Carter talks about Hungarian writer Béla Balázs’s influence on Bartok's The Wooden Prince.
Ramifications for string orchestra
Piano Concerto No.2
The Wooden Prince
Stephen Hough piano
Thomas Dausgaard conductor
Concert ends at approx. 9.25pm