Concert

Rudolf Kempe conducts Strauss and Dvořák

BBC Proms, 1974 and 1975

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Cast

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Rudolf Kempe — Conductor

Program notes

Deeply felt and masterful, Kempe's performance of Ein Heldenleben at the 1974 Prom concert was described by the critic Joan Chissell as winning him "a hero's ovation and rightly." She wrote that "no one now before the public is better able to transform Strauss from a plebeian into an aristocrat."

The performance of Dvořák's New World's Symphony one year later, received equally glowing reviews, and is an illuminating and compelling rendition of Dvořák's most popular symphony. "The New World is hardly a work where on expects new revelation, yet with Kempe that is exactly what happens. The dynamic range is extreme but unforced, from shattering fortissimi down to pianissimi of breathtaking delicacy, conveying a rapt intensity, poignantly reflecting the emotions of Dvořák in American exile" (Edward Greenfield).

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Directed by:
Brian Large,
Ron Isted
Venue: Royal Albert Hall (London, Great Britain)
Production date: 2011
Recording date: 28/08/1974 ; 29/08/1975
Duration: 42 min
Production: © BBC Worldwide Limited, under licence to International Classical Artists Ltd
Resolution: SD