Festival of the Instruments

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Though modernists, Béla Bartók and Igor Stravinsky drew on the Baroque Concerto with its bold contest between instruments. They also placed a new focus on rhythm. Classics by the two composers frame Helen Grime’s sensational Percussion Concerto, premiered to great acclaim by Colin Currie in London in 2019, in this Grafenegg Academy Orchestra concert.

Program and cast

Instrumentation

 

Grafenegg Academy Orchestra

Colin Currie, percussion

 

Programme

 

IGOR STRAWINSKI
Concerto for Chamber Orchestra in E-flat «Dumbarton Oaks»



HELEN GRIME
Concerto for Percussion and Orchestra



IGOR STRAWINSKI
«Symphonies of Wind Instruments»



BÉLA BARTÓK
Music for String Instruments, Percussion and Celesta

Grafenegg Festival, Austria

The Grafenegg Music Festival is a new major international Austrian festival for classical music close to Vienna. The annual festival takes place on the grounds of Grafenegg Castle. Two major venues have been built for the festival in the park of the castle: The open-air stage Wolkenturm (capacity 1,730, opened 2007) as well as the new concert hall Auditorium (capacity 1,372, opened 2008).

The artistic director is pianist Rudolf Buchbinder. The festival's program consists of symphonic and chamber music as well as recitals. International guest orchestras are performing as well as the Austrian Tonkünstler Orchestra, which serves as orchestra in residence. The first festival started on August, 23rd, 2007 and lasted until September, 9th, 2007.

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