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Proms 2015 Prom 55: SWR Symphony Orchestra Baden-Baden and Freiburg

Prom 55
Prom 55: SWR Symphony Orchestra Baden-Baden and Freiburg
19:30 Wed 26 Aug 2015 Royal Albert Hall
François-Xavier Roth celebrates the 90th birthday of Pierre Boulez with the composer’s '… explosante-fixe …' . The programme continues with Ligeti’s 'Lontano' and concludes with Bartók’s 'Concerto for Orchestra'.
François-Xavier Roth celebrates the 90th birthday of Pierre Boulez with the composer’s '… explosante-fixe …' . The programme continues with Ligeti’s 'Lontano' and concludes with Bartók’s 'Concerto for Orchestra'.

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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.

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