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Prom 69: Smetana, Shostakovich and Tchaikovsky

From the 2019 BBC Proms, Semyon Bychkov conducts the Czech Philharmonic in excerpts from operas by Tchaikovsky and Smetana, and in Shostakovich's wartime Symphony No 8 in C minor.

From the BBC Proms, another chance to hear Semyon Bychkov conducting the Czech Philharmonic in excerpts from Tchaikovsky and Smetana operas and Shostakovich's wartime 8th Symphony.

Presented at the Royal Albert Hall by Martin Handley.

Smetana: The Bartered Bride – overture; Three Dances
Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin – Letter Scene

8.10pm
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Shostakovich: Symphony No 8 in C minor

Elena Stikhina (soprano)
Czech Philharmonic
Semyon Bychkov (conductor)

The dancing rhythms and swirling colours of Smetana’s opera The Bartered Bride launch a concert of big musical gestures and even bigger emotions.

First love blazes hot in the Letter Scene from Tchaikovsky’s opera Eugene Onegin, as Tatyana (sung here by soprano Elena Stikhina) pours out her heart in music as romantic as anything the composer ever wrote.

War, not love, drives the pulsing heartbeat of Shostakovich’s Eighth Symphony – the most personal and direct of the composer’s many attempts ‘to express the terrible tragedy of war’.

2 hours, 13 minutes

Music Played

  • Bedrich Smetana

    The Bartered Bride (B.143) [1870] vers definitive in 3 acts, Overture

    Orchestra: Czech Philharmonic. Conductor: Semyon Bychkov.
  • Bedrich Smetana

    The Bartered Bride (B.143) [1870] vers definitive in 3 acts, Act 1 sc.5; Polka

    Orchestra: Czech Philharmonic. Conductor: Semyon Bychkov.
  • Bedrich Smetana

    The Bartered Bride (B.143) [1870] vers definitive in 3 acts, Act 2 sc.1; Furiant

    Orchestra: Czech Philharmonic. Conductor: Semyon Bychkov.
  • Bedrich Smetana

    The Bartered Bride - opera B.143 vers. definitive in 3 acts: Act 3 sc.2; Skocna

    Orchestra: Czech Philharmonic. Conductor: Semyon Bychkov.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Puskay pogibnu ya [Letter scene] (Eugene Onegin; Act 1 sc.2, no.9;)

    Singer: Elena Stikhina. Orchestra: Czech Philharmonic. Conductor: Semyon Bychkov.
  • Dmitry Shostakovich

    Symphony no. 8 in C minor Op.65

    Orchestra: Czech Philharmonic. Conductor: Semyon Bychkov.
  • Franz Schubert

    Der Jäger, D 795 No 14 (Die schöne Müllerin)

    Performer: Paul Lewis. Singer: Mark Padmore.
    • Franz Schubert, Die Schone Mullerin: Padmore/Lewis.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
    • 14.

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