In the village bands of old Transylvania, every musician was a virtuoso. That may or may not have been the imaginative seed that grew into Bartók’s and Kodály’s Concertos for Orchestra: two kindred masterpieces, in which these two great musical friends unleashed all the energy and colour of the modern symphony orchestra to say something unforgettably personal. But what’s for certain is that few 20th century orchestral works draw more brilliantly on their folk roots – an unfailing source of creative renewal. Thomas Dausgaard conducts, and Simon Trpčeski is the soloist in Bartók’s last piano concerto: composed in exile, but drenched in the spirit of the Great Hungarian Plain.
Prelude: 6.45pm in the Recital Room
Professor Jonathan Cross of the University of Oxford talks about Bartók.