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Bohemian Adventure

Dvořák Symphony No.8

Flowing melodies
Dancing rhythms
Dates Thu 25 Jul, Fri 26 Jul, Sat 27 Jul Venue Sydney Opera House
Duration 2 hours 10 mins (incl. 20-min interval)

Bartók, Mozart and Dvořák: hear three great composers at their most melodic and serene.

How lucky we are to have Mozart, says pianist Jonathan Biss. On his second visit to Sydney he's chosen a Mozart concerto that's 'warm, broad and big-hearted', overflowing with rich melodies and breathtaking moments.

Bartók follows in the tradition of Mozart with a Classical-style serenade that's just as warm and direct as the concerto. Easily his most accessible music, the Divertimento for strings has an elegant and dance-like character, even when the mood turns sombre. War was looming, but Bartók was in the serenity of the Swiss mountains.

Dvořák's Eighth Symphony was also composed in idyllic surroundings. This is an adventure that strolls through the Bohemian countryside, and the music tied together with flowing melodies and jaunty rhythms that suggest the sights and sounds of Dvořák's native land.

Pre-concert talk by Robert Johnson in the Northern Foyer, 45 minutes before the performance.
Bohemian Adventure

Audio kindly supplied by Silver Partner Universal Music.

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Track 1 - BARTÓK Divertimento: 1. Allegro con brio
Academy of St Martin in the Fields conducted by Sir Neville Marriner
DECCA 478 2759

Track 3 - DVOŘÁK Symphony No.8 in G, Op.88: 1. Allegro con brio
Track 4 - DVOŘÁK Symphony No.8 in G, Op.88: 3. Allegretto grazioso
London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Witold Rowicki
DECCA 478 2301

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PROGRAM
  • BARTÓK Divertimento for strings
  • MOZART Piano Concerto No.22 in E flat, K482
  • DVOŘÁK Symphony No.8
Artists
  • Antonello Manacorda conductor
  • Jonathan Biss piano
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