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Barber, Bartok

Episode 2 of 3

Andrew Litton conducts the Royal Philharmonic in music by composers linked to Serge Koussevitzky. Barber: Adagio for Strings. Bartok: Piano Concerto No 2 (soloist - Yuja Wang).


Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Martin Handley

Andrew Litton and the RPO perform a programme by composers who have something, or someone, in common: Boston Symphony Orchestra conductor Serge Koussevitzky. Copland's Fanfare was later incorporated into his Third Symphony, written for the Koussevitzky Music Foundation, which also commissioned Bartók at a time when he found himself in grave financial difficulty. Tonight, Yuja Wang makes her Proms debut in his fiendishly difficult Concerto No 2. Koussevitzky also championed Barber's music in the 1940s, and the original version of Prokofiev's Fourth Symphony was commissioned for the BSO's 50th anniversary and premiered under him.

Barber: Adagio for Strings
Bartok: Piano Concerto No. 2

Yuja Wang (piano)
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Andrew Litton (conductor)

This prom will be repeated on Thursday 18th August at 2.15pm.

50 minutes

Music Played

  • Samuel Barber

    Adagio for string orchestra, arr. from 2nd mvt of String Quartet

    Conductor: Andrew Litton Performer: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

  • Béla Bartók

    Concerto no. 2 Sz.95 for piano and orchestra

    Conductor: Andrew Litton Performer: Yuja Wang - Piano Performer: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra


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