Houston Symphony Broadcasts

Bohemian Boys And Beethoven

Czech out our next Houston Symphony Broadcast featuring Smetana, Beethoven, and Dvořák!

The next Houston Symphony Broadcast brings you music from Czech superstars Antonín Dvořák and Bedřich Smetana, as well as Beethoven’s fourth piano concerto performed by Yefim Bronfman.

The Bartered Bride is perhaps the most famous Czech opera, having become the first of its kind to become an international success in the late nineteenth century. Full of Bohemian dances and a truly Czech spirit, this comic opera by Bedřich Smetana has also found popularity in the concert hall for its lively overture, which the Houston Symphony performs first on this concert.

Next, world-renowned pianist Yefim Bronfman takes on Ludwig van Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major. Like a number of romantic concerti, this one broke with the Classical tradition of delaying the solo instrument’s entrance until after the orchestra’s opening statement. Here, the piano opens the piece immediately with a short chord progression that ends in an unstable spot, allowing the orchestra to then take over with its first statement.

Finally, perhaps the most famous Czech composer closes off the concert. Though not quite as popular as his final symphony, the Ninth, Antonín Dvořák’s Eighth Symphony is still widely performed and appreciated. Having written an intense, romantic Seventh, Dvořák wanted this symphony to be considerably more cheery with more of a deliberate Bohemian folk influence.

Tune in for this concert Sunday (12/11) on News 88.7 or Wednesday (12/14) on Houston Public Media Classical at 8 PM.

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