Rózsa & Bartók

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NB Change of conductor

Thu 9 Dec 2021 7.00pm - 8.50pm
Barbican Hall, London

Rózsa Violin Concerto
-Interval-
Bartók Concerto for Orchestra

Kirill Karabits conductor
Roman Simovic violin
London Symphony Orchestra

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Please note that finish times are approximate and subject to change.

Kirill Karabits conducts Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra – plus a rare performance of the Violin Concerto by Bartók’s fellow-Hungarian (and Hollywood legend) Miklós Rózsa.

New worlds for old: from exile in America, Béla Bartók and Miklós Rózsa both longed for their native Hungary. Bartók imagined the nocturnal sounds of the Great Hungarian Plain, and transformed them into a defiant shout of hope and joy for a virtuoso orchestra. Rozsa, meanwhile, took time out from Hollywood to write a violin concerto that sings, dances and positively smoulders.

It all adds up to a fabulously red-blooded evening of music from Kirill Karabits and LSO leader Roman Simovic: expect dark secrets, untamed melodies, and folk-rhythms in the raw. But it’s also a portrait of two composers grappling with the 20th century on their own, undaunted, terms. Today, Rózsa is still probably best known for classic film scores like Ben-Hur and Lust for Life: this rare performance of his Violin Concerto shows that even without the pictures, he can hold an audience spellbound.

Change of conductor
Sir Simon Rattle has tested positive for COVID-19 and unfortunately is unable to fulfil his engagements with the LSO this month.

He is currently isolating at home, with mild symptoms. We send him our very best wishes for a speedy recovery.

We are pleased to announce that Kirill Karabits has agreed to step in to conduct the concerts at the Barbican on 8, 9,15 & 16 December, and at Philharmonie de Paris on 13 December. The programmes for all concerts remain as announced.

Ticket holders will be notified.

Posted 11am Fri 3 Dec


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