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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