Conlon conducts Prokofiev and Dvorák

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When the Japanese government received the score from the 26-year-old Britten, a pacifist, the foreign ministry described the Christian title and movement headings (“Lacrymosa,” Dies irae,” and “Requiem aeternam”) as insulting, angrily rejecting the piece. It’s now considered one of Britten’s greatest orchestral scores. (The belated Japanese premiere didn’t take place until 1956, with Britten conducting.)

Playing Prokofiev’s most popular Concerto is 24-year-old Yuja Wang whose concert the San Francisco Chronicle described as “the latest installment in an unbroken, and growing, string of musical triumphs. With her, there just doesn’t seem to be any other kind.”

Displaying a kinship with Brahms’ Fourth which it foreshadowed, Dvorák’s Seventh Symphony is his most typically Romantic symphony; it proved an instant success in its London premiere.

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Eric Bromberger

Eric Bromberger, violinist, Fulbright nominee and recipient of a National Endowment of the Humanities Fellowship at Yale University.