Many consider Dvořák's Cello Concerto to be one of the composer's finest achievements and best loved works. Composed towards the end of his life, this richly inventive and emotional work became a memorial to his former pupil, first love and sister-in-law, Josefina Cermakova. Also included in the programme is Brahms’s Second Symphony which he described to his publisher, with a sense of irony, as melancholy in tone and that the score must sound like mourning. In fact his Symphony No. 2 is cheerful, light-hearted and picturesquely pastoral in style, earning it the nickname The Pastoral, mirroring Beethoven's famous work of the same name.
Nov 06 2013, 19:30 - De Montfort Hall
Nicholas Collon conducts Beethoven and Dvořák in Leicester
Apr 10 2014, 19:30 - Royal Festival Hall
Jakub Hrůša begins his Czech series with Janáček's overture Jealousy and his Sinfonietta, alongside Josef Suk's Praga and Dvořák's Violin Concerto