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Czech Philharmonic under John Eliot Gardiner in Dvorak: Carnival Overture. Martinu: Symphony No 6. Grieg: Piano Concerto. Janacek: The Ballad of Blanik. Dvorak: Symphony No 8.

With Katie Derham

Sir John Eliot Gardiner and the visiting Czech Philharmonic Orchestra frame their programme with Dvorak's ebullient, life-affirming Carnival Overture and his radiant 8th Symphony. In between, Martinu's 6th Symphony dances with Czech and Moravian folk melodies and rhythms; there's a detour to the Norwegian fjords for Grieg's Piano Concerto with Lars Vogt; and back to the Moravian Janacek whose gentle Ballad of Blanik was inspired by Czech independence and the new nation's legendary guardians. Presented by Petroc Trelawny.

Dvorák: Overture, 'Carnival'
Martinu: Fantaisies symphoniques (Symphony No. 6)
Grieg: Piano Concerto in A minor
Janácek: The Ballad of Blaník
Dvorák: Symphony No. 8 in G major

Lars Vogt, piano
Czech Philhamonic Orchestra
Sir John Eliot Gardiner, conductor

Followed by highlights from last year's City of London Festival including:
Maxwell Davies: 3 Sanday Places
Shai Wosner, piano.

2 hours, 40 minutes

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