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Antonín Dvořák (1841–1904) Cello concerto in b minor op.104
Alexander Skrjabin (1871–1915) Symphony Nr. 2 in c minor op.29
Kian Soltani cello
Giedre Slekyte conductor
Artists often concealed things in their works. Dvořák wove a quotation from a song into the 2nd and 3rd movements of his Cello Concerto. It was Josefina Kounicová's favourite song, she was a childhood sweetheart who fell seriously ill while he was working on the concerto and died shortly afterwards. Dvořák's cello concerto is one of the most beautiful in the world. It's hard to believe that Scriabin's Second Symphony was written only a few years later because its language is far more "contemporary" than Dvořák's. The work polarised, but Scriabin's first biographer, Yuri Engel, saw "the dawn of something new" in it.