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BBC Proms, 2011 Season, Prom 08 Episode 2 of 2

1 hour, 35 minutes
First broadcast:
Wednesday 20 July 2011


Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Tom Service

A Czech evening with Dvorak's Cello Concerto and a Proms first performance for the six symphonic poems of Má vlast by Smetana.

Dvorák'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, with Smetana's Má vlast - a glorious musical touchstone for 'the resurrection of the Czech nation, its future happiness and glory'.

Smetana: Má vlast

Jean-Guihen Queyras (cello)
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Jiri Belohlávek (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Friday 22 July at 2pm.

Music Played

3 items
  • Image for Bedrich Smetana

    Bedrich Smetana Ma vlast [My country] - cycle of symphonic poems

    Conductor: Jiri Belohlavek Performer: BBC Symphony Orchestra

  • Image for Antonin Dvorak

    Antonin Dvorak Cello Concerto

    Performer: Jean-Guihen Queyras (cello) Performer: BBC Symphony Orchestra Conductor: Jiri Belohlávek

  • Image for Bedrich Smetana

    Bedrich Smetana Má vlast

    Performer: BBC Symphony Orchestra Composer: Jiri Belohlávek (conductor)


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