Proms 2011 Prom 8: Dvořák & Smetana Prom 8: Dvořák & Smetana

Prom 8: Dvořák & Smetana


19:30 Wednesday 20 Jul 2011 Royal Albert Hall

  • DvořákAntonín Dvořák 1841–1904
  • Cello Concerto in B minor Cello Concerto in B minor, Op 104 (40 mins)
  • BachJ. S. Bach 1685–1750
  • Suite No. 2 in D minor for solo cello, BWV 1008
    No. 4 Sarabande (encore) (5 mins)
  • SmetanaBedřich Smetana 1824–1884

About this event

Dvořák's Cello Concerto is full of melody and heartfelt sentiment, to which French cellist Jean- Guihen Queyras will bring both youthful urgency and intimacy, if his recording with tonight's conductor is anything to go by.

The work is widely regarded as the finest concerto ever written for the instrument. Nostalgia turns to nationalism in the second half, moving from a Proms staple to a Proms premiere.

This is the first time the six symphonic poems of Má vlast have been given complete and in sequence at the Proms. Together they constitute a glorious musical touchstone for 'the resurrection of the Czech nation, its future happiness and glory'.

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