Philharmonia - Bartok
Presented by Catherine Bott
Live from the Royal Festival Hall
Continuing their exploration of the life and work of Hungarian composer Béla Bartók the Philharmonia orchestra and conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen perform music from his fairy-tale ballet The Wooden Prince and the Second Piano Concerto with pianist Yefim Bronfman.
This orchestral concert begins with just three players as soloists perform Bartok's jazz-inspired Contrasts written for American clarinettist Benny Goodman. Next, a tale of enchantment and infatuation as Bartok's music to the ballet The Wooden Prince tells a story of a princess who falls in love with the wooden effigy of a handsome prince rather than the prince himself. After the interval, there's the folk-inspired Dance Suite followed by the Second Piano Concerto with a soloist who has already recorded an award-winning disc of all three Bartok concertos with tonight's conductor.
Béla Bartók: Contrasts (violin, clarinet and piano)
Béla Bartók: Suite, The Wooden Prince
8.30pm Music Interval
Béla Bartók: Dance Suite
Béla Bartók: Piano Concerto No.2
Yefim Bronfman piano
Zsolt-Tihamer Visontay violin
Mark van de Wiel clarinet
The Philharmonia Orchestra
Esa-Pekka Salonen conductor.