Proms 2012 Prom 51: Glinka, Howard & Shostakovich Prom 51: Glinka, Howard & Shostakovich

Prom 51: Glinka, Howard & Shostakovich

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19:30 Tuesday 21 Aug 2012 Royal Albert Hall

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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'.

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