Classical music

Bartók, Stravinsky & Eötvös

Part of Classical Season 2018/19

Hungarian composer Peter Eötvös conducts the UK premiere of his spectacular new work Multiversum alongside rhythmically charged music by three giants of the 20th century.

Schoenberg’s Accompaniment to a Film Scene opens the programme, its nervous energy inspired by the words ‘threatening, danger, fear, catastrophe’.

Bartók and Stravinsky’s music finds its energy in darting rhythmic patterns, throwing light and shade across the orchestra.

Eötvös’ Multiversum, for organ, Hammond organ and orchestra explores the nature of the universe and what lies beyond.

Multiversum is a co-commission by Philharmonia Orchestra and Southbank Centre.

Since Yuri Gagarin´s journey into space in 1961, technological advancements have caused us to marvel at the miracle of the cosmos. Research like Witten´s theory of the eleven dimensions and string theory has astounded us with its speculation on the nature of outer space, and has spurred me on in my compositional fantasy
Peter Eötvös


Philharmonia Orchestra
Péter Eötvös conductor
Iveta Apkalna organ
László Fassang Hammond organ


Schoenberg: Accompaniment to a Film Scene, Op.34
Bartók: Dance Suite
Stravinsky: Symphony in Three Movements
Péter Eötvös: Multiversum for organ, Hammond organ & orchestra (UK premiere)

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