BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
22 Feb 2018, Glasgow City Halls
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BBC SSO 2017-18 Season Afternoon Performance: Kelemen Plays Bartók

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Afternoon Performance: Kelemen Plays Bartók
14:00 Thu 22 Feb 2018 Grand Hall
Thomas Dausgaard conducts works by Kodály and Bartók at City Halls.
Thomas Dausgaard conducts works by Kodály and Bartók at City Halls.

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Béla Bartók wrote without compromise: his savage, sexually-charged ballet The Miraculous Mandarin was so provocative that it was actually banned in the 1920s. It’s a cliché to say that the Hungarian violinist Barnabás Kelemen has this music in his blood, but as Bachtrack puts it, his “staggering virtuoso technique and a charismatic ability to communicate even the most complex music engagingly” make him an ideal interpreter of Bartók. Here he plays the composer’s First Violin Concerto and the UK Premiere of Rhapsody No.2, while the enchanting Summer Evening by Bartók’s friend Kodály begins the concert in deceptive calm.

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