BBC Proms
25 Jul 2012 Royal Albert Hall

Proms 2012 Prom 15: Smetana, Prokofiev & Dvořák Prom 15: Smetana, Prokofiev & Dvořák

Prom 15: Smetana, Prokofiev & Dvořák

Played

19:30 Wednesday 25 Jul 2012 Royal Albert Hall

  • Bedrich Smetana 1824–1884
  • String Quartet No. 1 in E minor, 'From My Life' (orch. Szell) (28 mins)
  • Sergei Prokofiev 1891–1953
  • Violin Concerto No. 1 in D major (22 mins)
  • INTERVAL
  • 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)
  • Eugène Ysaÿe 1858–1931
  • Violin Sonata No. 2, ‘Jacques Thibaud’ – No 1, ‘Obsession’
    Encore (8 mins)

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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