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Proms 2018 Prom 24: A Hero’s Life

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Prom 24: A Hero’s Life
19:00 Wed 1 Aug 2018 Royal Albert Hall
Strauss’s virtuosic, vividly autobiographical tone-poem puts the BBC NOW and conductor Otto Tausk in the spotlight. They are joined by cellist Daniel Müller-Schott for Dvořák’s Cello Concerto. A Prelude from Ethel Smyth’s The Wreckers opens the concert.
Strauss’s virtuosic, vividly autobiographical tone-poem puts the BBC NOW and conductor Otto Tausk in the spotlight. They are joined by cellist Daniel Müller-Schott for Dvořák’s Cello Concerto. A Prelude from Ethel Smyth’s The Wreckers opens the concert.

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Triumphant horns and a flirtatious, vivacious solo violin set the tone for Strauss’s vivid autobiographical tone-poem Ein Heldenleben – ‘A Hero’s Life’, outwardly inspired by ‘an ideal of great and manly heroism’.

The orchestra is also at the forefront in Dvořák’s Cello Concerto, sounding as an equal partner to the soloist – German cellist Daniel Müller-Schott, who returns to the Proms under tonight’s debut conductor Otto Tausk – in an intensely personal work that marries a pervasive sense of longing with real passion.

In the centenary year of British women gaining the right to vote, Ethel Smyth’s evocative Act 2 Prelude from The Wreckers celebrates a key British composer who, as a suffragette, spent two months in Holloway Prison.

Image: Otto Tausk @ Priska Ketterer

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