It’s rare phenomenal pianist Yuja Wang takes second billing, but here it’s the chance to see the Czech Philharmonic performing music that’s in their very lifeblood which you can’t possibly pass up.
Smetana’s national epic Má vlast is undisputedly one of music’s most compelling symphonic poems. Pictures may paint a thousand words, but this is music that paints a thousand pictures; from the wild waters of the mighty Vltava coursing through the Czech landscape to a small village celebration on the outskirts of the Bohemian forests.
‘I doubt if any other orchestra in the world could play this so naturally and so movingly’ wrote The Arts Desk, following a deeply moving rendition streamed live from Prague during lockdown last year. And Czech Philharmonic Music Director Semyon Bychkov is ‘the ideal conductor for communicating the immensity of Smetana’s vision’ (Bachtrack). The fact you also get to hear from Yuja Wang in Rachmaninov's popular concerto is just the icing on the cake.
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* Due to scheduling reasons, the programme has changed from as it was originally advertised. 13/01/2022
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The Barbican Hall is located within the main Barbican building. Head to Level G and follow the signs to find your seating level.
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Spaces for wheelchair users in row U at the rear of the stalls (up to sixteen, depth of row 180cm) and the back row of the circle (four), both with fold-down companion seats. Some seats in row S of the stalls for people with very limited mobility.
Assistance dogs may be taken into the concert hall where there are a limited number of suitable seats in row G of the stalls. If you prefer, you may leave your dog with a member of the cloakroom staff during the performance.
There is an induction loop in the concert hall. You can use this by adjusting your hearing aid to the ‘T’ setting.