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28 Oct 2007 00:00 - 00:00

Czech National Day with Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

Celebrating his country’s National Day, Libor Pešek conducts a concert framed by Dvorák’s capricious orchestral Scherzo, and dances that are the Bohemian and Hungarian first cousins to the Viennese waltzes and polkas of the Strauss family.


Dvorák Scherzo capriccioso  (12 mins)
Mozart Overture, Don Giovanni (6 mins)
Dvorák Slavonic Dances (selection) (9 mins)
Brahms Hungarian Dances (selection) (2 mins)
Smetana Vltava from Má Vlast  (11 mins)
Brahms Piano Concerto No.1 (42 mins)

Libor Pešek KBE conductor

Barry Douglas piano



From Smetana’s patriotic tone-poems Má Vlast (My Country), Vltava is a picture in sound of Bohemia’s main river winding past hunts, weddings and naked naiads cavorting in the moonlight, through the treacherous falls of the St. John’s Rapids, on to the historic city of Prague. It was there that Mozart premiered his opera Don Giovanni, whose overture includes the terrifying arrival of the ghostly Stone Guest to drag the libertine Don Juan down to Hell. Among Dvorák’s most enthusiastic supporters, the obsessive Brahms once remarked in despair of his First Piano Concerto, ‘I no longer have either judgement or power over this piece’. Fortunately Barry Douglas has both - his recording of this imposing concerto has been acclaimed for its ‘tightly-coiled pianism, volcanic ardour yet affectionate gentleness’.


Tickets: £10, £15, £20, £25, £30


Telephone (Box Office): 0151 709 3789





30 Kensington Palace Gardens
W8 4QY London
United Kingdom


28 Oct 2007 00:00 - 00:00


Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

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