The Symphony: New Nations and New Worlds
The third episode of Simon Russell Beale’s exploration of the symphony
The rise of nationalism in 19th-century Europe played a huge role in influencing the style and motivations of symphonic composition during the period. In turn, the nationalist voices of Tchaikovsky, Dvořák and Sibelius brought the symphony to wider audiences.
In this episode, Simon Russell Beale visits Dvořák’s summer house, preserved in the state that the composer left it upon his death, and gains a remarkable insight into the composer’s personal life.
The programme also looks at the development of the symphony outside Europe as well as the impact that urbanisation and the construction of some of the world’s greatest concert halls had on the development of the genre.
Featuring performances from the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Sir Mark Elder.