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Folk Roots, Urban Roots

Simon Rattle conducts the LSO, beginning in central Europe with Bartok and Szymanowski, and ending in South and North America with Osvaldo Golijov, Stravinsky and Bernstein.

'Sometimes,' says Simon Rattle, describing the thinking behind his Roots and Origins series, 'it’s a good thing to have a connecting line and it can be a wonderful opportunity to explore all kinds of things that you might not usually explore and put things together than you might not necessarily think they might be happy bed mates.' So, hold on tight for an exhilarating journey from Hungary to the US, via Poland and Argentina.

The first half features what Rattle calls 'hearty folk music': Bartok's Hungarian Peasant Songs and a rare chance to hear Szymanowski's Polish folktale-inspired Harnasie, for tenor and chorus. The second half begins and ends with LSO principal clarinet, Chris Richards, making his way to the front of the stage for two of the great jazz-inspired clarinet concertos of the twentieth century. And in between, expect Latin rhythms and percussion from Argentine Osvaldo Golijov's 2009 Nazareno, based on music from his St Mark's Passion and written for tonight's performers Katia and Marielle Labèque.

Rattle sums it all up like this: 'Somehow these pieces together added to this wild middle east European first half should make a fantastic evening.'

Recorded last week at the Barbican Hall and presented by Martin Handley.

Béla Bartók: Hungarian Peasant Songs
Karol Szymanowski: Harnasie
Interval
Stravinsky: Ebony Concerto
Osvaldo Golijov (arr Gonzalo Grau): Nazareno for two pianos and orchestra
Bernstein: Prelude, Fugue and Riffs

Edgaras Montvidas (tenor)
Chris Richards (clarinet)
Katia and Marielle Labèque (pianos)
London Symphony Chorus
London Symphony Orchestra
Simon Rattle (conductor)

2 hours, 28 minutes

Last on

Tue 18 Dec 2018 19:30

Music Played

  • Béla Bartók

    Hungarian Peasant Songs Sz.100

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle.
  • Karol Szymanowski

    Harnasie - ballet pantomime Op.55

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle. Singer: Edgaras Montvidas. Choir: London Symphony Chorus.
  • Claude Debussy

    Petite suite for piano duet

    Performer: Katia Labèque. Performer: Marielle Labèque.
    • en blanc et noir - The Debussy Album.
    • Philips.
    • 4.
  • Igor Stravinsky

    Ebony concerto for clarinet and jazz band

    Performer: Christopher Richards. Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle.
  • Osvaldo Golijov

    Nazareno for 2 pianos and orchestra

    Performer: Marielle Labèque. Performer: Katia Labèque. Music Arranger: Gonzalo Grau. Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle.
  • Leonard Bernstein

    Prelude, fugue and riffs for clarinet & jazz orchestra

    Performer: Christopher Richards. Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Piano Sonata in C minor K457

    Performer: Angela Hewitt.
  • Franz Liszt

    Polish (Weihnachtsbaum)

    Orchestrator: Gordon Jacob. Orchestra: RTÉ Concert Orchestra. Conductor: Gavin Sutherland.
    • NAXOS.

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