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The Miraculous Mandarin

The Miraculous Mandarin

Date: 19 Dec
Time: 19:30
François-Xavier Roth

Alisa Weilerstein cello
London Symphony Chorus
Simon Halsey chorus director
London Symphony Orchestra

Two works written in the same year yet poles apart in style - in François-Xavier Roth's words, 'the post-Romanticism of Elgar combined with Bartók's scary, strange, erotic, disturbing work'.

Elgar's Cello Concerto was premiered by cellist Felix Salmond and the London Symphony Orchestra in 1919. Written by its former Principal Conductor and included in the LSO's first concert given after the end of World War I, the piece had a somewhat difficult birth but has since become a firm favourite. Bartók's pantomime ballet caused a scandal at its first performance in Germany because of its gruesome details and was subsequently banned. In turns brutal, frenetic, intense and dream-like, the music is some of his most experimental.

SOPHYA POLEVAYA Spellbound Tableaux (world premiere)
ELGAR Cello Concerto
BARTÓK The Miraculous Mandarin

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