Rattle conducts Folk Roots, Urban Roots
A truly pan-global programme. This is music with roots that stretch from the folk traditions of central Europe to the Latin dance rhythms of South America, the story of the Christian Passion, and North American big band jazz with its origins on the African continent. Ruggedly cheerful Hungarian Peasant Songs start us off, with melodies drawn from Bartók’s collections in Hungary between 1904 and 1913, before Szymanowski’s Harnasie celebrates the rich highland culture of the Tatra mountain region bordering Poland and Slovakia. Stravinsky’s sultry and unclassifiable Ebony Concerto fuses classical music, jazz, ragtime and blues, before Osvaldo Golijov’s Nazareno draws on the percussive rhythms of Cuban and Brazilian music to tell the Passion story from a vividly Latin American perspective. The concert closes with what Sir Simon Rattle describes as the greatest classical big band piece of all time. Bernstein’s Prelude, Fugue and Riffs is an intoxicating cocktail of blasting trumpets, fast swinging tempos, chromaticism and luscious jazz changes. PROGRAM BARTK Hungarian Peasant Songs SZYMANOWSKI Harnasie* STRAVINSKY Ebony Concerto GOLIJOV arr. GRAU Nazareno for two pianos and orchestra~ BERNSTEIN Prelude, Fugue and Riffs+ ARTISTS Sir Simon Rattle, conductor Edgaras Montvidas, tenor* Chris Richards, clarinet^+ Katia and Marielle Labèque, pianos~ London Symphony Orchestra Chorus*
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