WHAT IS IT ABOUT?
Part of the BBC Proms.
Isabelle Faust's association with Bartok extends back to her very first recording. Now, fresh from an acclaimed disc of both the composer's violin concertos, she joins the BBC SO and Conductor Laureate Jiri Belohlavek for Bartok's Second Violin Concerto. Written under the threat of Fascism, it's a passionate national statement, lively with folk rhythms. By the early 1950s and Shostakovich's 10th Symphony, threat had become reality. This violent, despairing work paints a vivid portrait ofthe horrors of Stalin's Russia. The evening opens with the first of two posthumous premieres this season from the late John Tavener - some of the last works from England's great musical mystic. Finish time approx. 21:00