Kodály’s Variations on a Hungarian Folksong, sometimes referred to as the “Peacock Variations,” was commissioned in 1939 by the Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam. For the main thematic material, Kodály chose an ancient Hungarian folk song titled Fly, Peacock Fly, the text of which metaphorically advocated for political freedom. Pianist Dror Biran joins Jason Weinberger and the Waterloo Cedar Falls Symphony for a masterful performance of Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto. The program opens with Ingolf Dahl’s Quodlibet on American Folk Tunes and Folk Dances, an orchestral arrangement of Dahl’s work originally scored for two pianos and eight hands.
(Concert recorded Oct. 27, 2012)