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7:30 PM , Royal Festival Hall , London

Bohemian rhapsodies

Steven Isserlis plays Dvořák

Janáček Jealousy
Dvořák Cello Concerto
Suk Scherzo fantastique
Janáček Taras Bulba

Mark Elder conductor
Steven Isserlis cello
London Philharmonic Orchestra

Feelings burn brightly in Bohemia, and no-one understands that like Mark Elder – a conductor whose theatrical flair makes everything he touches catch fire. Janáček’s overture Jealousy lights the touchpaper, before Steven Isserlis plays the greatest of all cello concertos: written in the New World but blazing with nostalgia for Europe. And it gets more intense after the interval, with Janáček’s sensational orchestral melodrama Taras Bulba. If Taras Bulba was a film, it would be directed by Tarantino; but for Janáček, this bloody medieval tale of war and betrayal is simply an excuse for some serious sonic thrills. Hold tight.

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