Also this evening :
Janáček was inspired to write his festive Sinfonietta, scored for an extraordinary fourteen trumpets, after listening to brass bands performing in his native Czechoslovakia. Conducted tonight by Edward Gardner and dedicated to the Czech Armed Forces, Janáček said that it was intended to express ‘contemporary free man, his spiritual beauty and joy, his strength, courage and determination to fight for victory.’ Dvořák’s motivation in composing his Seventh Symphony was equally patriotic. ”What is in my mind is Love, God, and my Fatherland”, he said of it, and it is suffused with musical references to the Czech nation, in particular in the final movement, which he said was symbolic of the determination of the Czech people to resist political oppression.
More concerts at Royal Festival Hall:
May 22 2013, 19:30 - Royal Festival Hall
Celebrating the 200th Anniversary of Wagner's birth, Sir Andrew Davis conducts excerpts from Wagner's Tannhäuser and Die Walküre
May 30 2013, 19:30 - Royal Festival Hall
Esa-Pekka conducts The Rite of Spring in its centenary performance alongside Debussy's Prelude à l'après-midi d'un faune and Varèse's Amériques