HE Dvorak concert which opened the T Dvorak centenary celebrations in London on Saturday happily paid no tribute to the more hackneyed of the composer's works. The programme opened quietly with the Symphonic Variations on an Original Theme. Dr..Malcolm Sargent, conducting the London Philharmonic Orchestra, gave a reading that was full of interest, bringing out all the ingenuity of the orchestration and proving once again what a perfect combination this orchestra has become.
The violin concerto, which was played with Eda Kersey's usual technical skill, lacked vitality which quality returned with much vigour in the Slavonic Dance which preceded an altogether lovely performance of the D minor Symphony. The Czechoslovaks themselves are having quite an intensive celebration of the centenary at the Institute in Grosvenor Place, which will include in the programme operas, chamber music and sonic of the composer's strongly nationalistic songs,
Royal Albert Hall