TUESDAY, October 22, 2019
Popular for 75 years…
Concerto for Orchestra was first performed in 1944 and has been a favorite for concert-goers ever since. I wanted to find a video of young players performing it, but so far I’ve been unsuccessful. This movement is the second of five.
- Introduzione. Andante non troppo – Allegro vivace
- Presentando le coppie. Allegro scherzando
- Elegia. Andante non troppo
- Intermezzo interrotto. Allegretto
- Finale. Presto
This movement, the 2nd, is “Presentando le coppie”, which means “Presenting couples”. For some reasons it is always called “Game of pairs” in English. Translation is always a very imprecise matter.
A series of duets by Bartok…
If you watch carefully, you will see there are always two people playing together, thus “pairs” or “couples”. In general Bartok has never become a very popular composer, but his Concerto for Orchestra is an exception.
Finally, the whole thing…
This is a famous recording and arguably played as well as it has ever been played.