A Prom with the SWR Symphony Orchestra Baden-Baden and Freiburg. Boulez: ...explosante-fixe... (with Sophie Cherrier: flute). Ligeti: Lontano. Bartok: Concerto for Orchestra.
Afternoon on 3 - with Verity Sharp
Another chance to hear the flautist Sophie Cherrier, the SWR Symphony Orchestra Baden-Baden and Freiburg conducted by François-Xavier Roth, perform Boulez, Ligeti and Bartok's Concerto for Orchestra.
Presented from the Royal Albert Hall, London by Andrew McGregor
Pierre Boulez: '... explosante-fixe ...'
Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra
Sophie Cherrier (flute)
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.
[First heard on 26th August]
Followed by a selection of recordings from this week's Proms Artists.