- Mikhail Ivanovich Glinka 1804–1857
Ruslan and Lyudmila – overture (5 mins)
- Emily Howard b.1979
Calculus of the Nervous SystemUK premiere (15 mins)
- Dmitri Shostakovich 1906–1975
Symphony No 7 in C major, 'Leningrad' Symphony No 7 in C major, 'Leningrad' Also known as: Symphony No 7 in C major, 'Leningrad', Op 60 (75 mins)
About this event
Tonight’s curtain-raiser is a scintillating overture which kick-started a new era in Russian music. In Calculus of the Nervous System, which has already taken Vienna by storm, Emily Howard draws upon her interest in the inner world of Ada Lovelace, pioneering mathematician daughter of Lord Byron, considered a prophet of the computer age.
Shostakovich completed his titanic Seventh Symphony as German armies advanced deep into the motherland. More recently it has also been seen as one of his exercises in tactful subversion, depicting a Leningrad whose intellectual life Stalin had already shattered.
Discover the Music Download a short audio guide published on the day about a key work in tonight’s Prom: Tom Service talks about Shostakovich's Symphony No. 7 in C major 'Leningrad'.