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Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Repertoire

Smetana
The Bartered Bride Overture
Chopin
Piano Concerto No.1
Dvořák
Symphony No.7

Performers

Leon McCawley
piano
Libor Pešek
conductor

Czech conductor Libor Pešek has enjoyed an international career spanning 50 years, and this irresistible programme is the perfect showcase for his celebrated interpretations of Czech music. Smetana’s exuberant Overture to his comic opera, The Bartered Bride, brims with infectious energy, whereas Dvořák’s impassioned Symphony No.7 captures the full emotional spectrum of Czech musical styles. With its profound depth of feeling and masterful orchestral balance, this is considered by many to be Dvořák’s greatest symphonic achievement.

At the heart of this programme, Leon McCawley performs the First Piano Concerto by Polish composer Chopin, whose exquisite writing for the soloist overflows with romance.

Part of Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 2012/13 Resident Season

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