In Praise of Bartok

A good strong puff for beloved Bartok, in today’s Independent. I did spend a bit of time in the first draft trying to explain how Bartok went into a revolving door behind Stravinsky and came out in front, but it was a little, well, a bit, um… The Philharmonia, Takacs and co have a veritable feast lined up, anyway, and it’s going to be amazing. As for Hungary, once again, its music holds the alter-ego of the place: its spirit at its very, very best. More of that shortly.

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