- Bedrich Smetana 1824–1884
- Sergei Prokofiev 1891–1953
- Antonin Dvorak 1841–1904
- Eugène Ysaÿe 1858–1931
Violin Sonata No. 2, ‘Jacques Thibaud’ – No 1, ‘Obsession’Encore (8 mins)
- Vadim Gluzman violin
About this event
After last year’s sensational complete *Má vlas*t comes Smetana’s autobiographical E minor quartet, in George Szell’s orchestration, another first for the Proms. Its finale is suddenly interrupted by a graphic illustration of the onset of deafness, a sustained high E, here on piccolo as well as violin, imitating the tinnitus that afflicted the composer. By contrast Prokofiev’s concerto is one of his magical fairy-tale pieces, championed tonight by Proms debut artist, Vadim Gluzman.
Dvořák’s dark, passionate Seventh Symphony was commissioned by the Philharmonic Society of London, the composer himself crossing the Channel to direct the premiere.
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