Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts Smetana and Dvořák — With Lisa Batiashvili

Waldbühne 2016: A Czech Night

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Relive an unforgettable summer evening with one of the most popular and talented maestros of today's classical scene, the impeccable Yannick Nézet-Séguin, leading the prestigious Berliner Philharmoniker under the stars in the 2016 edition of their storied Waldbühne concert! They are joined by another renowned virtuoso, violinist Lisa Batiashvili, in a program dedicated to some of the greatest Czech music ever written.

When we talk about Czech greats, Smetana and Dvořák are usually the first names to come to mind—and with good reason. The former's widely known, hauntingly beautiful Vltava (Moldau) opens the evening, immediately and indelibly evoking the flowing waters of the most famous Czech river. From the latter, we're treated to the ingenious Georgian soloist's electrifying rendition of his Violin Concerto in A Minor, followed by his Sixth Symphony and an irresistible Slavonic Dance. Capping off the festivities: the traditional, perennially exhilarating Berliner Luft.

Photo © Hans van der Woerd

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