A Fine Protagonist
Isabelle Faust plays
Bartók violin concertos -
'The Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra under Daniel Harding has accompanied with alert sensitivity ...'
The four main luminaries of my prentice years were Bartók, Hindemith, Schönberg and Stravinsky. Since then their reputations have varied as capriciously as the temperature of an English summer. I can safely say that none has become my favourite bedtime listening, but it was a real pleasure to attend the unveiling on a traffic island outside South Kensington underground station of a statue to this dapper Hungarian in commemoration of his stay in the borough. Next time I passed, the statue had disappeared; but it's back now, even if on a slightly diminished island...
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