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Royal Albert Hall
Kensington Gore


Pierre Boulez'... explosante-fixe ...'
~ Interval ~
György LigetiLontano
Béla BartókConcerto for Orchestra, Sz.116


Sophie Cherrier – flute
François-Xavier Roth – Conductor

SWR Symphony Orchestra Baden-Baden and Freiburg

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Programme Note

Bartók wasn’t the first composer to write a Concerto for Orchestra, but freewheeling virtuosity and rhythmic energy set this one apart. Treating individual instruments as soloists or partners in exhilarating duets-to-the-death, Bartók reinvents the orchestra itself. The whole classical canon seems dissolved in Ligeti’s Lontano, in which familiar harmonies and styles are suspended in space and time, and resolution continually hangs just out of reach. Turning classical rules of development on their head, Boulez’s ‘… explosante-fixe …’ works backwards, moving from its most complex material to its primary, original source (see also PSM 4, 29 August). It’s audacious and completely compelling.

Prom 55: SWR Symphony Orchestra Baden-Baden and Freiburg

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