Bartok’s masterpiece with Rouvali
Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra has been called one of the most important orchestral works of the 20th Century. In 1940 Bartók escaped his home country Hungary to settle in New York. In 1943 he received a commission from the colourful Russian Sergey Koussevitzky, Principal Conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and in a couple of months he had finished the entertaining, gripping and virtuoso piece which took advantage of all the skills of the Boston orchestra. It can be seen as a sort of musical journey through life, highlighting man’s hardship, humor and tragedy but ending with a celebration of life itself.
Santtu-Matias Rouvali takes up the position of Chief Conductor of the Gothenburg Symphony from the 2017-2018 season. He is also Chief Conductor of the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra and Principal Guest Conductor of the Copenhagen Philharmonic and Philharmonia Orchestra in London. With an already very established career Rouvali regularly works with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra to name a few.
Bartóks Concerto for Orchestra
Santtu-Mattias Rouvali, Conductor
Recorded for GSOplay 22 September 2016