Bartók had composed nothing for four years and was sick in hospital in New York when Serge Koussevitsky asked him to write a new piece for the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
The commission gave him a new lease of life, and seven weeks later he had completed the Concerto for Orchestra. This vibrant work gives each section of the orchestra a chance to shine, and is rich with influences from throughout Bartók’s career, from Bach fugues to Hungarian folk dances.
RepertoireSibelius: The Oceanides
The Clore Ballroom, Level 2, Royal Festival Hall at 6pm: pre-concert talk. Admission free
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