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Prom 69: Smetana, Shostakovich & Tchaikovsky

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Royal Albert HallKensington Gore, London, Greater London, SW7 2AP, United Kingdom
On Tuesday 10 September 2019 at 19:00
Festival: BBC Proms

The dancing rhythms and swirling colours of Smetana’s opera The Bartered Bride launch a concert of big musical gestures and even bigger emotions. First love blazes hot in the Letter Scene from Tchaikovsky’s opera Eugene Onegin, as Tatyana (sung here by soprano Elena Stikhina) pours out her heart in music as romantic as anything the composer ever wrote. War, not love, drives the pulsing heartbeat of Shostakovich’s Eighth Symphony – the most personal and direct of the composer’s many attempts ‘to express the terrible tragedy of war’.

Semyon Bychkov conducts the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
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