January 11-13, Webern, Bartók and Stravinsky

[François-Xavier Roth]

François-Xavier Roth conducts Webern, Bartók and Stravinsky featuring pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard
François-Xavier Roth works with outstanding French pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard in Bartók's percussive, glittering Piano Concerto No. 1.

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François-Xavier Roth, conductor
Pierre-Laurent Aimard, piano

WEBERN Passacaglia, Op. 1
BARTÓK Piano Concerto No. 1
STRAVINSKY The Firebird (complete)

In his second week of concerts, François-Xavier Roth works with outstanding French pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard in Bartók's percussive, glittering Piano Concerto No. 1, in which the composer's love for Central European folk music merges imaginatively with early 20th-century modernism. Music by two close Bartók contemporaries fills out the program. Anton Webern's lush twelve-minute, single-movement Passacaglia from 1908 predates the crystalline miniatures for which he is best-known. Composed the following year is Stravinsky's The Firebird, the breathtakingly magical score for the Ballets Russes that catapulted the 27-year-old composer to fame and which, more than a century later, remains one of his most beloved pieces.