They called Alexander Glazunov the “Russian Mendelssohn”, and he might well have been music’s greatest child prodigy since Mozart. But what matters today is that his Violin Concerto, written in 1904, has all the hallmarks of a blockbuster – glittering fireworks, glowing colours, and an endless flow of sweet, songful, irresistibly hummable melodies. It’s a special favourite of violinist Kristóf Baráti – himself a favourite of BBC SSO audiences, acclaimed by ‘The Scotsman’ for his “sheer command and presence” – and it’ll make the warmest possible heart to this red-blooded programme from the energetic Peruvian conductor Miguel Harth-Bedoya. Grazyna Bacewicz’s Concerto is a typically exhilarating and inventive workout for the BBC SSO’s strings, from one of 20th-century Poland’s most undeservedly neglected geniuses. And as for Dvořák’s Seventh Symphony: well, 19th-century Czech listeners heard it as a drama of national reawakening. But it’s infinitely more than just that: an impassioned, storm-swept outpouring of melody and emotion, in which Dvořák fearlessly stakes his claim to a place in the great symphonic tradition.
The concert will be recorded for future broadcast on BBC Radio 3.