Dumay encounters Bartók

Kent Nagano, conductor
Augustin Dumay, violin

Presentation of the concert

Bernstein, Overture to Candide (approx. 5 min.)

Bartók, Violin Concerto No. 2 (approx. 36 min.)

Barber, Adagio for Strings, Op. 11 (approx. 8 min.)

Bartók, Concerto for Orchestra (approx. 36 min.)

Béla Bartók is generally regarded as one of the most original composers of the twentieth century. In his Concerto for Orchestra, he treats instrumental groups like soloists. Augustin Dumay is soloist in his Violin Concerto No. 2, music richly infused with rhythmic variety and folk elements, and one of the greatest concertos for the instrument since Beethoven’s. The Adagio for Strings is Samuel Barber’s best-known composition, having been used in a number of films including Platoon and The Elephant Man. The musical show Candide, for which Leonard Bernstein wrote the music, was not a success when it opened on Broadway in 1956, but it has gained in popularity in recent years, and its Overture has risen to become one of the most frequently performed orchestral works of the twentieth century.

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