Beethoven’s 9th Symphony
Gulbenkian Orchestra and Choir
There may have been some rivalry between two central figures of Czech music, Antonín Dvořák and Bedřich Smetana, although it is also suggested that there was a disciple-master relationship between them. This programme brings out the many common features that bound them together: in the symphonic poem Vltava, Smetana musically portrays his native Bohemia, in particular the course of the River Vltava, while Dvořák’s Silent Woods is part of a cycle inspired by the forest in the same region. They offer a way of hearing how Nature can come to life in music.
Abertura da ópera O Navio Fantasma
Florestas Silenciosas, op. 68 n.º 5
Piotr Ilitch Tchaikovsky
Capricho italiano, op. 45