Edward Gardner conductor
David Fray piano
Mozart Piano Concerto No. 22, K482
Dvorák Symphony No. 7
Edward Gardner, the most exciting young British conductor of today – having gathered pace in his position at English National Opera – conducts this evening’s concert, featuring Dvorák’s Symphony No. 7. Arguably this is Dvorák’s finest symphony thanks in large part to the last two movements, which contain some of his most remarkable musical ideas, combined with rhythmic vitality and singing melodies.
Janácek’s orchestral tour de force, the Sinfonietta, opens the evening. This grew out of immense national pride in the newly formed Czechoslovakia, clearly signalled by the massive brass fanfares that open and close the piece.
Listen to extracts and buy online: Sir Charles Mackerras conducts Dvorák’s Symphony No.7 www.philharmonia.co.uk/shop
6.15pm free pre-concert talk
Edward Gardner in conversation with John Florance
“Keys, textures and colours dove-tailed magically under Edward Gardner's measured, spacious beat.” The Independent