BBC Proms
11 Aug 2016 Royal Albert Hall

Proms 2016 Prom 35 Prom 35: Bartók, Malcolm Hayes and Dvořák

Prom 35


19:00 Thursday 11 Aug 2016 Royal Albert Hall

  • Béla Bartók 1881–1945
  • Malcolm Hayes b.1951
  • Violin Concerto
    BBC commission: world premiere (24 mins)
  • Antonin Dvorak 1841–1904
  • Symphony No 7 in D minor Symphony No 7 in D minor Also known as: Symphony No 7 in D minor, Op 70 (35 mins)

When the London Philharmonic Society asked Dvořák for a new symphony in 1884, the composer knew he had to deliver something special. In the resulting Seventh, the doubts and frustrations Dvořák experienced as a composer are defeated by music that triumphs compellingly over its own nervous energy, bursting into radiant brightness in its final bars.

Tonight, Dvořák’s most fascinating symphony is heard after Malcolm Hayes’s new concerto, a work inspired by the mood and atmosphere of the Outer Hebrides, and performed by former BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist Tai Murray. Bartók’s colourful Dance Suite, featuring Hungarian and Arabic folk melodies, opens the concert.

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