Joshua Weilerstein conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra in a concert from the BBC's Maida Vale Studios. Stravinsky: Pulcinella Suite. Barber: Cello Concerto (soloist: David Cohen).
Live from the Maida Vale Studios, London
Presented by Petroc Trelawny
The BBC Symphony Orchestra live from their home at the Maida Vale Studios in music by Stravinsky, Barber & Dvorak, conducted by Joshua Weilerstein
Stravinsky: Pulcinella Suite
Barber: Cello Concerto
8.25 INTERVAL: Discovering Music - Dvorak's Symphony No 8 (see separate billing)
Dvorak: Symphony No 8
David Cohen (cello)
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Joshua Weilerstein (conductor)
The BBC Symphony Orchestra are at home tonight at the Maida Vale Studios in London, joined by the young American conductor Joshua Weilerstein, one of the two Assistant Conductors at the New York Philharmonic. The suite from Stavinsky's ballet Pulcinella begins the concert. Composed at the request of Diaghilev and based on the music of the baroque Italian master Pergolesi, Pulcinella is often considered the first example of Stravinsky's neoclassical period. Then another young musician joins the fray with Belgian cellist David Cohen performing Samuel Barber's Cello Concerto. Completed in 1945, at a time when the American composer was incorporating modernism into his work, the use of syncopated rhythm here reflects some influence of Stravinsky. The BBC Symphony Orchestra's concert is rounded off with a performance of Dvorak's cheerful eighth symphony, which draws inspiration from Bohemian folk music.
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