The Wooden Prince


Roth: Bartók

Thu 19 Mar 2020 7.30pm - 9.30pm
Barbican Hall, London

Bartók Dance Suite
Stravinsky Violin Concerto in D major
Bartók The Wooden Prince

François-Xavier Roth conductor
Isabelle Faust violin
London Symphony Orchestra

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‘Bartók has always fascinated me,’ says François-Xavier Roth, who presents two of the composer’s folk-infused works in this concert. ‘It’s interesting to see how he created modernism in his time.’

Bartók was well known for his research and recording of folk melodies, but though the movements of the Dance Suite sound like they are traditional folk music, they are in fact all Bartók’s own work. The ballet pantomime The Wooden Prince shows Bartók’s more Romantic and gentle side, with a story bearing the hallmarks of Hungarian folk tales that concerns two young people finding each other and their struggle to fulfil their love.

Stravinsky was unsure about writing a violin concerto, believing that he lacked expertise on the instrument. But in doing so he produced a work full of theatrical gestures and pulsating rhythms, and containing some of his most lyrical music – according to one critic ‘amusing, incredibly witty music of inspired refinement, music of a thousand touches, and scored as only Stravinsky knows how’.

Pre-concert performance

6pm Barbican
LSO Platforms: Guildhall Artists
Fre pre-concert recital

Prokofiev The Spring Fairy, The Summer Fairy and Grasshoppers & Dragonflies from Cinderella

David Soo piano

Prokofiev Ugly Duckling

Eleanor Neate soprano
Cole Knutson piano

Stravinsky Histoires pour enfants

I. Tilimbom
II. Les canards, les cygnes, les oies ...

III. Chanson de l'ours –

Jonah Halton tenor
Jongsun Woo piano

Prokofiev The Autumn Fairy & The Winter Fairy from Cinderella

David Soo piano

Stravinsky Pastorale 

Jonah Halton tenor
Jongsun Woo piano

Stravinsky Extracts from Pulcinella

II. Serenata: 'Mentre l'eretta pasce l'agnella'
XIII. Presto: 'Ncè sta qualcuna pò'

XIV. 'Una te fa la nzemprece'

Eleanor Neate soprano
Jonah Halton tenor
Cole Knutson & Jongsun Woo piano