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Shostakovich

BBC Proms, 2012 Season, Prom 51 Episode 2 of 2

Duration:
1 hour, 45 minutes
First broadcast:
Tuesday 21 August 2012

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Andrew McGregor

Glinka's much-loved and exuberant overture to Ruslan and Lyudmila heads a programme which also includes a fasinating new work by Emily Howard and a monumental, barnstorming symphony by Shostakovich.

Emily Howard's Calculus of the Nervous Sysytem has already received high acclaim at the 2011 Wien Modern Festival. Howard took her inspiration from Ada Lovelace, who was the pioneering mathematician daughter of Lord Byron, and the work's starting point was Lovelace's desire to generate a mathematical model for how the brain gives rise to thoughts, and nerves to feelings. Shostakovich's massive Seventh Symphony in C major, the 'Leningrad', was completed during the Second World War in December 1941, as German troops advanced deep into the city. The CBSO is conducted by its Music Director, Andris Nelsons.

Shostakovich: Symphony No. 7, 'Leningrad'

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Andris Nelsons (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Monday 3rd September at 2pm.

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