One of the world’s greatest orchestras, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, selected an all-Czech programme for its concerts on 21, 22 and 23 January. Jiří Bělohlávek, who had been forced to withdraw from the concerts due to medical reasons, was replaced by Seattle Symphony Orchestra Music Director Ludovic Morlot.
Smetana’s Moldau opened the show, followed by Fantaisies symphoniques by Bohuslav Martinů. The history of this piece is closely linked to the Boston Symphony Orchestra; it was this orchestra who gave the piece its premiere in January 1955 led by the conductor Charles Munch, to whom the composition is dedicated. The concert was concluded by the famous Cello Concerto by Dvořák, performed by the German-Canadian cellist Johannes Moser.
21, 22 and 23 January 2016, Boston Symphony Hall, Boston, Massachussetts
Boston Symphony Orchestra, Ludovic Morlot – conductor
Johannes Moser – cello