Thursday 1 Feb 2018, 7.30pmRoyal Festival Hall, London
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Paavo Järvi conductor
Gautier Capuçon cello
Dvořák Carnival Overture
Dvořák Cello Concerto
Dvořák Symphony No. 7 in D minor (Op. 70)
Paavo Järvi conducts a programme exploring the stunning musical landscapes of Czech composer Antonín Dvořák. From its opening bars, Dvořák’s Carnival Overture charges headlong into the frenzied energy of a night at the carnival, while his Cello Concerto wistfully echoes the folk-inspired Slavic sounds of his homeland as well as pays tribute to the composer’s lost love, Josefina, with Dvořák crafting the elegiac slow movement around a line from one of her favourite of his songs, Kéž duch můj sám (Leave me alone).
Finally, Dvořák’s mighty Symphony No. 7. Citing as his inspiration ‘God, love and the Motherland’, Dvořák declared his symphony ‘fit to shake the world’ and contains within its walls an infectious Scherzo, filled with shifting accents and cross-rhythms before reaching a grand final movement with its glorious, resounding finale.