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London Symphony Orchestra - Bartok, Szymanowski

2 hours, 30 minutes
First broadcast:
Tuesday 08 May 2012

Live from the Barbican Hall, London The LSO play two masterworks by Bartok and Szymanowski's headily erotic 'Song of the Night'
Presented by Ian Skelly
Conductor-composer, Pete Eotvos brings his keen sense of orchestral colour to the subtle string writing and eery percussion sounds of the Music for Strings, Percussion and Celeste of 1936. Whilst violinist, Nicolaj Znaider's deeply thoughtful virtuosity should perfectly match the musical and emotional challenges of the Bartok concerto written soon afterwards. And both these work's haunting 'night music' scenes should make a perfect companion to Szymanowski's Third Symphony, The Song of the Night - a setting of the Sufi poet, Rumi inhabits a vast nocturnal landscape, in which a human spirit ascends to join with the divine, soaring into the ether. Languorous sensuality radiates through this all-encompassing score.

Bartók: Music for Strings, Percussion and Celeste
London Symphony Orchestra,
Peter Eotvos (conductor)

approx 8.00pm

Bartók: Violin Concerto no.2
Nicolaj Znaider (violin)

Szymanowski: Symphony no.3 ('Song of the Night')
Steve Davislim (tenor)
London Symphony Chorus,
London Symphony Orchestra,
Peter Eotvos (conductor).

Music Played

6 items
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
  • London S O

    • Image for Béla Bartók

      Béla Bartók Music for strings, percussion and celesta Sz.106

      Conductor: Peter EOTVOS Performer: London S O.

  • Music Interval- Ysaye and Szymanowski

  • Image for Eugène Ysaÿe

    Eugène Ysaÿe Sonata no. 3 in D minor Op.27`3 (Ballade) for violin solo

    Performer: Nikolaj ZNAIDER - Violin

    RCA, 82876504702

  • Image for Karol Szymanowski

    Karol Szymanowski 3 Masques Op.34 for piano

    Performer: Piotr ANDERSZEWSKI - Piano

    Virgin classics, 5-457302

  • London S O

    • Image for Béla Bartók

      Béla Bartók Concerto no. 2 Sz.112 for violin and orchestra

      Conductor: Peter EOTVOS Performer: Nikolaj ZNAIDER - Violin Performer: London S O.

  • Image for Karol Szymanowski

    Karol Szymanowski Symphony no. 3 Op.27 (The Song of the night) for high voice, chorus and orchestra

    Conductor: Peter EOTVOS Performer: LONDON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA - Promoter Performer: Steve DAVISLIM - Tenor Performer: London Symphony Chorus


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