“Play me some village music” said Antonín Dvořák, when he returned to his home, deep in the Czech countryside. “That’s what I like!” And although he went on to conquer the musical world, Dvořák never forgot his humble roots – or his ear for a good tune. Tonight, Paavo Järvi and the Philharmonia Orchestra present a complete portrait of this most lovable of composers.
We’ll hear him making the world shake, in his grand and stormy Seventh Symphony – the sound of a nation finding its voice. Some say it’s his masterpiece; others might choose his Cello Concerto: music of delirious passion and heart-melting beauty, written by a lifelong romantic a long way from home, and performed tonight by Gautier Capuçon.
But, tonight, you’ll get to hear them both, plus the joyous Carnival overture – launching us on our way in an ear-tingling explosion of pure, unstoppable fun!