In 19th century Bohemia, Antonín Dvořák and Bedřich Smetana gave a voice to a people: creating from national myths and old dance tunes a musical language that spoke to the world. Matthias Pintscher brings a composer’s sense of adventure to a concert that begins with Smetana’s eventful journey down the River Vltava and ends amidst the jubilant trumpets of Dvořák’s stirring symphony. In between comes a glimpse of a teenage composer in love, as the award-winning young French virtuoso David Kadouch spins purest gold from the hearts and flowers of Chopin’s Second Piano Concerto. As The Arts Desk put it “If you see Kadouch on the bill anywhere, don’t miss him”.
Prelude: 6.45pm in the Recital Room
Jessica Duchen, novelist and writer on Classical Music, talks about the place of the Second Piano Concerto in Chopin’s life.
(approximate finish time: 9.35pm)
The concert will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3, presented by Jamie MacDougall.