Czech Philharmonic Orchestra

Colston HallBristol, South-West, BS1 5AR, United Kingdom
On Sunday 11 February 2018 at 19:30
Tomáš NetopilConductor
Alisa WeilersteinCello

A double helping of Dvořák – including his homesick postcard home ‘From the New World’ – frames Shostakovich’s pithy concerto as the mighty Czech Philharmonic returns.

Money talks. And when Jeanette Thurber made Dvořák an offer he couldn’t refuse the composer upped sticks to take over New York’s National Conservatory. One of the fruits was a symphony that entwines Old World Bohemian rhapsody and New World hustle and bustle in a work that instantly beguiled. Slower to make its way was the infinitely supple Symphonic Variations now ranked alongside Brahms’ ‘Haydn’ or Elgar’s ‘Enigma’, and which pave the way to a concerto with Shostakovich’s name, (musically encoded as DSCH) all over it – literally.

To play the concerto is a cellist described by Seen and Heard International as “incendiary”; Alisa Weilerstein’s Shostakovich, moreover, harbours a “deep, dark intensity” (The Chicago Tribune).

*This concert was originally to be conducted by Czech Philharmonic’s inspirational and much-loved chief conductor Jiří Bělohlávek who sadly passed away in May 2017. Tomas Netopil has been appointed to conduct  this concert. Netopil has worked with the Czech Philharmonic a great deal and was on e of Jiri Belohlavek’s pupils and assistants who has in recent years conducted the Berlin Philharmonic, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Dresden Staatskapelle and many other major orchestras.

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