Bartók Dance Suite
Ligeti Romanian Concerto
Haydn Symphony No 104, ‘London’
Sir John Eliot Gardiner conductor
London Symphony Orchestra
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Please note that finish times are approximate and subject to change
Folk songs go to town, as three composers take a handful of freshly picked melodies and give them an urban twist in this exuberant concert.
The young György Ligeti grew up amongst the hills of Transylvania. Béla Bartók gathered raw folk dances straight from the wild, then distilled their spirit into a riotous toast to the city of Budapest. And Joseph Haydn crowned his journey from the fields of Central Europe to the streets of Georgian London with a symphony that brims over with warmth and wit.
This is music that still breathes the air of the countryside, magically transformed by three of the liveliest and most original musical imaginations of all time. Sir John Eliot Gardiner has an unparalleled flair for musical colour, and from Ligeti’s blazing fiddles to the London street-cries of Haydn’s last (and some would say greatest) symphony, he won’t stint on energy – or humour.
Change of conductor
François-Xavier Roth is unable to travel to the UK from France due to quarantine restrictions and is therefore forced to withdraw from the above engagement. The concert will now be conducted by Sir John Eliot Gardiner and the LSO is very grateful to him for stepping in at short notice. The programme remains unchanged.
Recorded on 18 February 2021 at LSO St Luke's in COVID-secure conditions.