Wednesday 25 July 2012
7.30pm – c9.40pm
Royal Albert Hall

  • Bedřich Smetana

    String Quartet No. 1 in E minor, 'From My Life' (orch. Szell) (28 mins)
    • BBC Symphony Orchestra
    • Jiří Bělohlávek conductor
  • Sergey Prokofiev

    Concerto for Violin No. 1 in D major, Op 19 (22 mins)
    • Vadim Gluzman violin
    • BBC Symphony Orchestra
    • Jiří Bělohlávek conductor
  • INTERVAL
  • Antonín Dvořák

    Symphony No. 7 in D minor, Op 70 (35 mins)
    • BBC Symphony Orchestra
    • Jiří Bělohlávek conductor
  • Eugène Ysaÿe

    Violin Sonata No. 2, ‘Jacques Thibaud’ – 1st movement, ‘Obsession’ (8 mins) Encore
    • Vadim Gluzman violin

About this event

After last year’s sensational complete Má vlast 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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