Thursday 12th May 2016
The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
From £13 (including booking fee)
Dvořák - Slavonic Dances 5'
Dvořák - Cello Concerto 38'
Dvořák - Symphony No.7 41'
Sir Mark Elder
Gary Hoffman, Cello
Gary Hoffman, one of the great cellists of our time, is the soloist in Dvorák’s concerto, the final work of his American period. Perhaps the finest cello concerto ever composed, it is full of nostalgia for Dvorák’s homeland. When his friend and mentor Brahms first heard it he was profoundly impressed, wishing he had written such a work himself.
Dvorák’s Seventh Symphony owes much to the influence of Brahms, but it is also distinctively Czech. Its overall mood is turbulent and tragic, throwing into sharp relief the unrestrained exuberance of its ending: a rallying call to Dvorák’s compatriots in the face of Austro-Hungarian oppression. Czech nationalism also colours the opening of the concert in the form of a selection of ebullient Slavonic Dances
Pre-concert performance at 6.30pm
Join the talented musicians from the RNCM who will explore the relationship between man and nature in a performance of Dvorak’s song cycles ‘Gypsy Songs’ and ‘In Folk Tune’, beautifully interweaving the themes of nature, life and love through traditional Czech poetry and folk melodies.
(Image: Gérard Proust)
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