Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra – now reduced

Reading time: 1 min. Belá Bartók

The reduced version of Béla Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra has its première on 5 March at the Musikverein in Vienna. Peter Keuschnig conducts the Ensemble Kontrapunkte.

Roland Freisitzer on the arrangement:

Along with the Miraculous Mandarin, the Concerto for Orchestra is probably Bartók’s most important orchestral piece and the most extensive work of the composer’s late period – one which has fascinated and excited me since boyhood.

My goal was to prepare a version for large ensemble (also playable by small orchestras with multiple strings to a part) which, despite the reduced forces, is in no way inferior to the original – that is, not a reduction expediently pared down to a restricted ensemble, but rather a variant retaining the luminescent tone colours and the unbridled power of the original – quasi a new raiment for the original, without sacrifices.


View the score:

Concerto for Orchestra

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