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Work: The Bartered Bride: overture

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ComposerSmetana, Bedřich (1824-1884)
Work typeOrchestral
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BerlinTomáš Jamník plays Martinů

Smetana, Martinů, Dvořák
Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin; Jakub Hrůša; Tomáš Jamník
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Searing Shostakovich from Bychkov and the Czech Phil

Semyon Bychkov conducts the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
Semyon Bychkov produces a gripping and soul-searching Shostakovich Eighth while soprano Elena Stikhina makes an impressive UK debut in Tchaikovsky.
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Unpolished gems: Saint-Saëns, Smetana and more

Louis Lortie © Elias
BBC Philharmonic and Edward Gardner tackle Janáček’s Sinfonietta in a well-crafted programme of French and Czech music.
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Pure gold from the Clevelanders and Welser-Möst in Chicago

Franz Welser-Möst © Roger Mastroianni
The Cleveland Orchestra’s Chicago appearance with music director Franz Welser-Möst offered symphonies of Beethoven and Sibelius in performances that exuded both precision and beauty.
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Christoph von Dohnányi's return to Cleveland

Smetana’s Bartered Bride overture set the stage for an intriguing new concerto by Richard Sortomme for two violas, followed by Schubert’s “Great” C major symphony.
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China goes to the movies: The Dream of the Red Chamber at the Budapest Spring Festival

Gyula Fekete's concerto based on themes from Chinese TV headlines a mixed programme at a concert which didn't succeed in everything but was generously filled with melody throughout.
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