In the appeasement crisis of the late 1930s Neville Chamberlain infamously described Czechoslovakia as ‘a far away country of which we know nothing’. Happily the wonders of Czech culture are better known to us now, and this concert celebrates it in music by two of the country’s greatest composers. Dvořák’s easy-going lyricism is in marked contrast to the spirit of the dramatic song cycle The Diary of One who Disappeared – a musical setting of anonymous poems published in a local paper about a farmer who falls for and runs off with a gypsy girl. Janáček’s passionate music expresses his feelings for his muse Kamila Stösslová – a much younger woman and another man’s wife: in quasi-operatic fashion the cycle captures all the drama of the text.
Antonín Dvořák String Sextet in A major, Op. 48
Antonín Dvořák Gypsy Songs, Op. 55
Leoš Janáček The Diary of One who Disappeared
Alison Rose soprano
Madeleine Shaw mezzo soprano
Andrew Tortise tenor
Festival Chamber Soloists
18 years and under £10
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