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3 Oct 2009 00:00 - 8 May 2010 00:00

BBC Symphony Orchestra - Martinů The Symphonies

The BBC Symphony Orchestra and its Chief Conductor Jiri Belohlavek perform the six symphonies of Bohuslav Martinu to commemorate the 50th year since the death of the great Czech composer.

Saturday 3 October, 7.30pm

The complete cycle of Martinů symphonies begins on the opening night of the BBC Symphony Orchestra's 2009-10 Barbican season with music by Mozart, Mahler and Musorgsky preceding a performance of Martinů's first symphony.

Friday 9 October, 7.00pm

Acclaimed Strauss interpreter, Anne Schwanewilms, sings Strauss's Four Last Songs in the second concert of the series which opens with Martinů's second symphony, written to honour the defiant courage of Czechs living under Nazi oppression.


Friday 19 February, 7.00pm

Andrew Haveron, leader of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, performs Korngold's Violin Concero in D major alongside music by Janáček and Martinů's Symphony No. 4.


Friday 19 March, 7.00pm

Martinů's Fifth Symphony, written for the Czech Philharmonic, sets out the composer's vision of truth in music of tender lyricism and is paired here with Brahms's A German Requiem, sung by the wonderful soprano Ana María Martínez.

Saturday 17 April, 7.30pm

Feelings of despair and intense homesickness are never far from the surface of Martinů's Third Symphony, performed here alongside music by Stravinsky and Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, performed by Barry Douglas.


Saturday 8 May, 7.30pm

Elisabeth Leonskaja joins Jiří Bělohlávek and the BBC Symphony Orchestra to perform Schumann's Piano Concerto in A minor before Martinů's Symphony No. 6, 'Fantasies symphoniques' brings both the complete cycle of Martinů symphonies and the BBC SO's 2009-10 Barbican season to a close.


Martinů and the Symphonies

Study Day
Saturday 6 February, 10.00am - 4.30pm
Mozart Room, Barbican

The BBC Symphony Orchestra and the Instititute of Musical Research present a study day on the symphonies of Bohuslav Martinů. A number of leading Martinů experts will present papers on the symphonies in the morning and the afternoon will include a panel discussion with audience participation, chaired by Christopher Cook.

FREE from BBC Studio Audiences on 0370 901 1227 or via the BBC Studio Audiences website.


For more information click here.


30 Kensington Palace Gardens
W8 4QY London
United Kingdom


From: 3 Oct 2009 00:00
To: 8 May 2010 00:00


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