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CNSO Chamber Soloists

Martinu Hall in Liechtenstein Palace, 7:00 PM

Wednesday Jul 05

When it comes to the CNSO cham­ber soloists, there’s lit­tle need for any in­tro­duc­tion. You just need to check out the bi­ogra­phies of the whole Czech Na­tional Sym­phony Or­ches­tra as all are log­i­cally mem­bers of our larger en­sem­ble –where they as­sume lead­ing, “front row” po­si­tions. They have no prob­lem per­form­ing a solo con­cert to an en­tire au­di­to­rium, though this mostly takes the form of so­los within sym­phonic works such as ca­dences and so on.  Eas­ier you think? Quite the con­trary, ac­tu­ally. Such ca­dences fre­quently come un­ex­pect­edly, es­pe­cially in mod­ern com­po­si­tions. In fact this is of­ten where the pro­fes­sion­al­ism of the con­cert mas­ter comes to the fore along with his dex­ter­ity, tech­ni­cal skill, and last but not least, ca­pac­ity to con­vince every­one that it’s mere child’s play. When­ever six such “lead­ers” come to­gether and study a com­po­si­tion, rest as­sured we’re in for a pretty in­cred­i­ble ex­pe­ri­ence.

With its mar­vel­lously se­lected pro­gramme, the won­der­ful con­cert at a jam-packed Lichtenštejn Palace held as part of last year’s Prague Proms fes­ti­val didn’t dis­prove this as­ser­tion. Af­ter­wards I though what a shame it was not to have recorded the con­cert live since we can never have enough such ex­pe­ri­ences and cham­ber pro­grammes are few and far be­tween in our pro­duc­tion.  For this rea­son, we have de­cided to in­clude a per­for­mance fea­tur­ing our cham­ber soloists once again – nat­u­rally with a fresh pro­gramme. And to con­clude - we’re de­lighted that the CNSO boasts such well-es­tab­lished in­dus­try lead­ers who of­fer their sup­port to oth­ers; this goes a long way to bol­ster­ing the en­tire or­ches­tra as well as in­spir­ing and spread­ing a healthy sense of pa­tri­o­tism and be­long­ing with the group, its in­ten­tions and pro­gramme. It is also the best way for the or­ches­tra to re­tain and strengthen its po­si­tion among au­di­ences and the pro­fes­sional pub­lic, while re­main­ing a sub­ject of in­ter­est for pres­ti­gious in­ter­na­tional pro­duc­tions.

Programme

  • Antonín Dvořák
    String Quintet in E-flat major, Op. 97
  • Johannes Brahms
    String Sextet No. 2 in G major, Op. 36

Performers

  • Alexej Rosík and Martin Tupý, violins
  • Karel Untermüller and Jiří Žigmund, violas
  • Miloš Jahoda and Štěpánka Kutmanová, cellos