This concert is now sold out. However, you can watch the concert live from the Clore Ballroom in Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall (FREE, no ticket required)
In the true spirit of the American Dream, it was an immigrant – the godfather of Czech Romanticism Antonín Dvorák – who ignited the first flickers of concert-hall nationalism in the New World. Dvorák pre-empted America’s great black musical revolution as early as 1892: ‘the future music of this country must be founded upon African American melodies’, he prophesied on arrival in New York, ‘these beautiful and varied themes are the product of the soil’. He didn’t stop there, either – injecting the spirit of the plantation song and the spiritual into an inspiring Slavic-American symphony that epitomises nobility, freedom, optimism and opportunity.
Tchaikovsky’s first piano concerto was rejected out of hand by its dedicatee, the foremost pianist of the day, Nikolaj Rubinstein, who objected to its harsh demands and failed to appreciate its structure. Today, it’s not only the famous ‘big tune’ of the first movement that has won it audiences worldwide; this piece sparkles and dances as the piano and orchestra enjoy exchanges both delicate and passionate.
06 November 2009 7:30pm
Yutaka Sado conductor
Denis Matsuev piano
Verdi Overture, La forza del destino
Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto 1
Dvořák Symphony 9 (From the New World)