Tisdag 21 augusti 2012 på 19:30
Royal Albert Hall
Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2A, United Kingdom
Tel.: 0845 401 5045
Михаил Иванович Глинка (Mikhail Ivanovich Glinka)
Ruslan and Lyudmila – overture 5'
Calculus of the Nervous System 15'
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.