Prom 50 Dvorak, Beethoven & Janacek

Opened 24 Aug 2014
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Part of the BBC Proms.

Recent recordings of the Elgar and Dvorak cello concertos have propelled young American cellist Alisa Weilerstein into a fully fledged musical star. She makes her second visit to the Proms with the Dvorak - one of the great Romantic concertos. The composer sets his soloist against an unusually prominent orchestra, here the forces of the Czech Philharmonic, returning under Chief Conductor Jiri Belohlavek. After the interval Belohlavek directs Beethoven's 'apotheosis of the dance' - Wagner's expression referring to the rhythmic verve of the Seventh Symphony. The evening opens with the authentic Czech soundscape of Janacek, in the overture from his final opera From the House of the Dead. Finish time approx. 21:50