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Oramo conducts Dvořák and Bacewicz

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Barbican HallSilk Street, London, Greater London, EC2Y 8DS, United Kingdom
Dates/times in London time zone
Julie PriceBassoon
Sakari OramoConductor
BBC Symphony Orchestra

Dvořák always claimed to be “just a simple Czech musician” – and it’s true that his Eighth Symphony positively dances with optimism and hummable melodies. But there’s more going on than meets the ear, and that goes double for Bacewicz’s dazzling Overture, written in Poland in the darkest days of World War 2.

It’s a life-affirming shout of defiance, from a composer who was never afraid to make herself heard (and deserves to be played more often). Bacewicz’s music is another of Sakari Oramo’s passions and it should make a thrilling upbeat to two showcases – elegant and poignant by turns - for our Principal Bassoon Julie Price. The bassoon doesn’t always get its fair share of the spotlight: today, that’s about to change.

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