classical music, opera, theatre

The Rite of Spring

one interval
Béla Bartók National Concert Hall

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The Pannon Philharmonic is celebrating the season when nature returns to life with Igor Stravinsky's work for massive orchestral forces The Rite of Spring. Preceding the ballet as the "overture” for the concert will be a quite early, experimental Haydn symphony, followed by Bartók's Viola Concerto, with the superb French violist Antoine Tamestit serving as the soloist. Unfinished at the time of Bartók's death, the composition has been reconstructed by several people; the version being played on this evening will be the one published by Péter Bartók.

When choosing which of Haydn's symphonies to perform, larger symphonies usually opt for his later "London” symphonies, as these are the closest to today's symphonic ideal. This time, however, Gilbert Varga has chosen an early symphony, one without a sobriquet and consisting of only three movements, to open the concert. Even though Bartók was unable to complete his Viola Concerto, it has nevertheless became a quite popular part of the repertoire. What makes the work interesting in terms of music history is the fact that three different endings have been created for it over the past nearly 80 years, of which the second, the 1995 version, was edited by Péter Bartók, the composer's son. This is the version that will be played at this concert. Finally, we will witness Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring and its portrayal of the season's ancient sacred nature, in which the instruments in the orchestra sound like the dancers of a large tribe. The work depicts pagan rituals connected to the annual reawakening of nature based on Russian fairy tales and the composer's own imagination.

Presented by: Pannon Philharmonic


  • Gilbert Varga
  • viola
    Antoine Tamestit
  • Pannon Philharmonic

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