At its season-opening concert - traditionally given on the eve of the anniversary of Béla Bartók's death - the Hungarian National Philharmonic performs works by composers who are tied together by several threads. All three created new schools of composition in the first half of the 20th century and influenced each other to varying degrees. All three also emigrated to the United States. Igor Stravinsky's sparkling Concerto in D for string orchestra was commissioned in Hollywood in 1946 for ...the same Basel Chamber Orchestra for which Bartók also composed in the 1930s. Four years earlier, Arnold Schoenberg - having also freshly acquired US citizenship - composed one of the most devilishly difficult works in the concerto repertoire. Written using the 12-tone technique and conceived in the spirit of the New Viennese School, it is no coincidence that it is rarely performed in concert. A regular guest soloist with the orchestra and prize-winner at a clutch of international competitions, Dávid Báll has already proven on several occasions that he relishes challenges and possesses the high level of technical mastery to overcome them, to the great delight of audiences.
The second half of the concert features Bartók's one-act opera composed in 1911, a gem of the musical repertoire which is unique in a number of ways. The composer's sensitive and sensual music guides us through spiritual processes that present a couple's relationship with a requisite mystique and distinctive symbolism. The orchestra is joined for this performance by two outstanding Hungarian singers.
Presented by: Hungarian National Philharmonic
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