Nationalism is in the air this afternoon as we travel first to Finland for Sibelius’s indelible Karelia Suite, which had its first informal performance as part of a musical presentation given by a student’s union! Then it’s off to Norway for Grieg’s immortal Piano Concerto, a work so famous that comedian Eric Morecambe had a go at performing it, apparently playing 'all the right notes, but not necessarily in the right order.' Finally, we head south to Czechoslovakia and Dvořák’s most dramatically imposing symphony, one that he passionately declared had been inspired by ‘God, love and the Motherland’ and rightly predicted would ‘shake the world.’
Upcoming concerts in London:
May 22 2013, 19:30 - Royal Festival Hall
Sir Andrew Davis celebrates Wagner's bicentenary, conducting excerpts from Die Meistersinger and Die Walküre
May 30 2013, 18:00 - Royal Festival Hall
Professor Jonathan Cross introduces the evening’s programme.