– Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra
Dvořák’s excessively cheerful carnival overture opens the ballet with a bang from the very first tact. The evening will otherwise be a special one when our solo violist Rafaell’s little brother, Leo Altino, takes the stage in Gulda’s terrific, crazy, rocking, and very entertaining cello concert complete with a rhythm section, bigband sound and crazy incursion from the musically loaded witch cauldron of the 20th century. In certain places it might sound like a The Doors concert, in other places like Mozart, and the churchlike corals are mixed with romantic flow and jazzy swing in the perhaps most eclectic piece in all the classical repertoire.
The concert will end with a celebration of the orchestra as soloists in Bartók’s congenial Concerto for Orchestra, which, as ordered by Boston Symphony, seemed a life-prolonging treatment for the cancer stricken and exiled Hungarian, who in the spring of his life, after almost completely giving up on composing, all of a sudden composed one masterpiece after the other.