DEBUSSY Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune
BARTÓK Viola Concerto
BRUCKNER Symphony No 4
François-Xavier Roth conductor
Antoine Tamestit viola
London Symphony Orchestra
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LSO Platform: Guildhall Artists
Barbican Hall 5.30pm, free entry
Debussy and Bartok piano music
Part of the 2016/17 season
François-Xavier Roth returns to conduct the second set of concerts in his After Romanticism series, a carefully curated exploration of this significant period in music history. In 2016/17 he focuses on the music of Debussy and Bartók, two composers who radicalized the musical language of their predecessors to produce a brilliant and inventive style of their own.
Debussy’s Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune is an evocative and poetic opener that oozes the rich imagery of its source, a symbolist poem by Stéphane Mallarmé. Bartók’s Viola Concerto brings this oft-overlooked string instrument to centre-stage, showcasing the instrument and its capabilities in full, before the programme concludes with a bedrock piece of the 19th century: Bruckner’s Symphony No 4, the 'Romantic', filled to the brim with evocative images of love, nature and a simpler time.