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Aug 21

Prom 51: Shostakovich/Glinka/Howard


Tisdag 21 augusti 201219:30


Royal Albert Hall
Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2A, United Kingdom

Tel.: 0845 401 5045


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Михаил Иванович Глинка (Mikhail Ivanovich Glinka)
Ruslan and Lyudmila – overture 5'

Emily Howard
Calculus of the Nervous System 15'
UK premiere


Dmitri Shostakovich
Symphony No. 7 in C major, 'Leningrad' 75'

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Andris Nelsons conductor

Tonight's curtain-raiser is a scintillating overture which kick-started a new era in Russian music.

In Calculus of the Nervous System, which has already taken Vienna by storm, Emily Howard draws upon her interest in the inner world of Ada Lovelace, pioneering mathematician daughter of Lord Byron, considered a prophet of the computer age.

Shostakovich completed his titanic Seventh Symphony as German armies advanced deep into the motherland. More recently it has also been seen as one of his exercises in tactful subversion, depicting a Leningrad whose intellectual life Stalin had already shattered.


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