Tuesday 21 August 2012
7.30pm – c9.45pm
Royal Albert Hall

  • Mikhail Ivanovich Glinka

    Ruslan and Lyudmila (5 mins) Overture
    • City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
    • Andris Nelsons conductor
  • Emily Howard

    Calculus of the Nervous System (15 mins) UK premiere
    • Andris Nelsons conductor
    • City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
  • INTERVAL
  • Dmitry Shostakovich

    Symphony No. 7 in C major, 'Leningrad', Op 60 (75 mins)
    • Andris Nelsons conductor
    • City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

About this event

Tonight’s curtain-raiser is a scintillating overture which kick-started a new era in Russian music. In Calculus of the Nervous System, which has already taken Vienna by storm, Emily Howard draws upon her interest in the inner world of Ada Lovelace, pioneering mathematician daughter of Lord Byron, considered a prophet of the computer age.

Shostakovich completed his titanic Seventh Symphony as German armies advanced deep into the motherland. More recently it has also been seen as one of his exercises in tactful subversion, depicting a Leningrad whose intellectual life Stalin had already shattered.

 

Discover the Music

Download a short audio guide published on the day about a key work in tonight’s Prom: Tom Service talks about Shostakovich's Symphony No. 7 in C major 'Leningrad'.

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