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Prom 55 (part 1): SWR Symphony Orchestra Baden-Baden and Freiburg

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Live from the Royal Albert Hall, Francois-Xavier Roth conducts the SWR Symphony Orchestra Baden-Baden and Freiburg. Boulez: ...explosante-fixe... (with Sophie Cherrier: flute).

Flautist Sophie Cherrier, the SWR Symphony Orchestra Baden-Baden and Freiburg conducted by François-Xavier Roth, live from the BBC Proms

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Andrew McGregor

Pierre Boulez: '... explosante-fixe ...'

8.05 pm INTERVAL

8.25 pm
Ligeti: Lontano
Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra

Sophie Cherrier (flute)
SWR Experimental Studio
SWR Symphony Orchestra Baden-Baden and Freiburg
François-Xavier Roth (conductor)

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. It's audacious and completely compelling.

This prom will be repeated on Friday 11th September at 2pm.

35 minutes

Last on

Wed 26 Aug 2015 19:30

Music Played

  • Pierre Boulez

    "... explosante-fixe..."

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