Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra
Bennelong Point, Sydney, NSW, 2000, Australia
13th February 2019 to 15th February 2019
David Robertson begins his final season as Sydney Symphony Orchestra's Chief Conductor with a concert of music celebrating the power of the orchestra. Taras Bulba is composer Janáček’s homage to the fearless spirit of Russia, personified by the 16th-century Cossack hero. Depicting three scenes from Nikolai Gogol’s epic novel, Taras Bulba is intense, vast, violent and vividly colourful. Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra is a modern classic – a sensational showcase for a hundred brilliant musicians in full flight, especially in the thrilling whirlwind of a finale. Steve Reich’s iconic minimalist works have influenced classical, electronic and pop music. In the same tradition as Bartók’s concerto, his latest work is for an ensemble of soloists within a larger orchestral background. Reich’s shimmering music pulses with life.
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