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.
A lifelong friend of Bartók’s and fellow collector of Hungarian folk tunes, Kodály crafted his Dances of Galánta from the memory of a gypsy band he had heard as a child.
Filled with evocative melodies and glittering colours, the dances play with the traditional verbunkos style, in which alternating slow and fast passages end by give way to irresistible foot stamping.
RepertoireKodály: Dances of Galánta
Royal Festival Hall at 6pm: pre-concert event. Music of Today. Admission free.
Book multiple Philharmonia Orchestra events in the same transaction and receive a discount.
3 – 5 events (10% discount)
6 – 8 events (15% discount)
9 – 11 events (20% discount)
12 – 14 events (25% discount)
15 or more events (30% discount)
These discounts are not available on Premium seats or for the following concerts: Christmas Classics (10 Dec 2017) and December Carols at Christmas (14 Dec 2017).