Sunday 23 May 2010


Philharmonia Orchestra

Resident at Southbank Centre

Ludwig Van Beethoven: Overture, Namensfeier
Antonin Dvorak: Cello Concerto
Jean Sibelius: Symphony No.2

Both Dvorak and Sibelius are seen as 'nationalist' composers, whose music strongly evokes their respective homelands of the Czech Republic and Finland. Yet their works in this afternoon's programme were written when the composers were away from their native countries: Dvorak composed his Cello Concerto during one of his stays in America, and Sibelius' Second Symphony was largely composed during a trip to Italy. Perhaps the combination of fresh experiences with nostalgia for their homes resulted in the emotional power of both these works; whatever the underlying reason, these pieces are amongst the finest of the composers' outputs.

Note: See above for a video clip of Alban Gerhardt on Dvořák's cello concerto (9 mins, 44 secs).


Esa-Pekka Salonen conductor
Alban Gerhardt cello

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