In 19th century Bohemia, Antonín Dvořák and
Bedřich Smetana gave a voice to a people: creating
from national myths and old dance tunes a musical
language that spoke to the world. Matthias Pintscher
brings a composer’s sense of adventure to a concert
that begins with Smetana’s eventful journey down
the River Vltava and ends amidst the jubilant
trumpets of Dvořák’s stirring symphony. In between
comes a glimpse of a teenage composer in love, as
the award-winning young French virtuoso David
Kadouch spins purest gold from the hearts and
flowers of Chopin’s Second Piano Concerto.
As The Arts Desk put it “If you see Kadouch
on the bill anywhere, don’t miss him”.
Prelude: 6.45pm in the Recital Room
Jessica Duchen, novelist and writer on Classical
Music, talks about the place of the Second
Piano Concerto in Chopin’s life.