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Czech Philharmonic, Jean-Guihen Queyras

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náměstí Jana Palacha 79/1, 110 00 Praha-Praha 1, Česká republika
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Programme

Antonín Dvořák: Festival Song, Op. 113, B. 202Antonín Dvořák: Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra in B minor, Op. 104, B. 191Johannes Brahms: Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98

The programme of this concert by the Czech Philharmonic promises a real treat, symbolically combining masterpieces by long-term friends Antonín Dvořák and Johannes Brahms. Besides Dvořák’s Festival Song for chorus and orchestra we’ll hear his Cello Concerto in B minor, in which this year the solo part will be taken by one of the most sought-after cellists in the world, Jean-Guihen Queyras.

  • Dress code: dark suit
  • Doors close: 19.55
  • End of concert: 22.00
 

Artists

Prague Philharmonic Choir

The Prague Philharmonic Choir, which celebrated its eightieth anniversary last year, is one of the most important choral ensembles in Europe. It was founded by the legendary Czech choirmaster Jan Kühn, originally for the broadcasting needs of Czechoslovak Radio though the range of its activities soon expanded to include regular concerts and recordings––the extraordinary quality and broad scope of which won universal respect. The ensemble's international prestige is demonstrated by its collaboration with many topflight conductors of the world including Erich Kleiber, Riccardo Muti, Claudio Abbado, Leonard Bernstein, Zubin Mehta, and Simon Rattle, and orchestras like the Berlin Philharmonic, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, and the Israel Philharmonic. The choir is a regular guest at prestigious music festivals of the world and also shares in opera productions, for instance at Milan's La Scala. For many years the ensemble has worked closely with the Czech Philharmonic.

 

Lukáš Vasilek

Lukáš Vasilek graduated in conducting from the Academy of Performing Arts and in musicology from the Charles University Faculty of Arts, both in Prague. In 1998 he became choirmaster of the Foerster Chamber Singing Association, with which he won many honours in prestigious international competitions. From 2005 to 2007 he served as second choirmaster of the National Theatre Opera in Prague where he prepared several operas including The Kiss, Don Pasquale, and La clemenza di Tito. Since 2007 he has been principal choirmaster of the Prague Philharmonic Choir; his highly-acclaimed work with this ensemble includes rehearsing and conducting a broad repertoire from various style periods as well as making many recordings. He also works as an orchestral conductor, and is the founder of a chamber choir called Martinů Voices with which he performs mainly music of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

 

Czech Philharmonic

The Czech Philharmonic is the foremost Czech orchestra and has long held a place among the most esteemed representatives of Czech culture on the international scene. The beginning of its rich history is linked to the name of Antonín Dvořák, who on 4 January 1896 conducted the ensemble’s inaugural concert. Although the orchestra performs a broad range of the basic international repertoire, it is sought out most often for its superb interpretations of works by the Czech classics, in a tradition built by excellent conductors like Václav Talich, Rafael Kubelík, Karel Ančerl, and Václav Neumann. The ensemble has won many international honours for its recordings, the first of which it made already in 1929: Smetana’s My Country with Talich. In 2008 the prestigious magazine Gramophone ranked it among the twenty best orchestras of the world. Since the inception of the Dvořák Prague Festival the Czech Philharmonic has been its resident orchestra.

 

Jean-Guihen Queyras

French cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras is one of the most striking instrumentalists of his generation, prized for his absolute humility and devotion to the musical work. He appears as soloist with some of the foremost orchestras of the world including the Philharmonia of London, L’Orchestre de Paris, the Tokyo Symphony, and the Tonhalle Orchestra of Zürich, working with conductors Leonard Slatkin, Iván Fischer, Philippe Herreweghe, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, and Roger Norrington among others. His discography is extensive, with works ranging from Vivaldi, Bach, Mozart, Haydn, and Beethoven through Schubert, Schumann, Dvořák, and Tchaikovsky all the way to Britten and Ligeti. In 2004 he recorded Dvořák’s Cello Concerto in B minor under Jiří Bělohlávek. His compact discs have won many honours including the prestigious Diapason d’Or. He plays a precious instrument from 1696 by Gioffredo Cappa.

 

Rudolfinum, Dvořák Hall

The Rudolfinum is one of the most important Neo-Renaissance edifices in the Czech Republic. In its conception as a multi-purpose cultural centre it was quite unique in Europe at the time of its construction. Based on a joint design by two outstanding Czech architects, Josef Zítek and Josef Schultz, a magnificent building was erected serving for concerts, as a gallery, and as a museum. The grand opening on 7 February 1885 was attended by Crown Prince Rudolph of Austria, in whose honour the structure was named. In 1896 the very first concert of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra took place in the Rudolfinum's main concert hall, under the baton of the composer Antonín Dvořák whose name was later bestowed on the hall.

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