Programme

Dvořák Collection IV Dvořák Collection IV

This year and next the Dvořák Prague Festival will present all the master’s works for chorus and orchestra. Along with works frequently performed like the Stabat Mater and the Mass in D, the Dvořák Collection will also embrace rarely heard compositions such as the cantata The American Flag and the Patriotic Hymn from the poem The Heirs of White Mountain. This year we’ll hear the Stabat Mater with a star cast of singers, rendered by the Czech Philharmonic Choir of Brno with accompaniment by the Prague Philharmonia under its chief conductor Emmanuel Villaume. One of the high points of the festival will be Dvořák’s Requiem performed by the Czech Philharmonic and the Prague Philharmonic Choir with soloists, all under the baton of Jiří Bělohlávek. And the festival’s closing concert will feature the master’s Te Deum, in a rendition by the Vienna Symphony under Tomáš Netopil with soloists.

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World-class Orchestras World-class Orchestras

Added this year to the collection of the most prestigious British orchestras having appeared in the Dvořák Prague Festival will be another ensemble of global renown, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, with its chief conductor Vladimir Jurowski. And Tomáš Netopil will finally present ‘his’ Essen Philharmonic (where he serves as chief conductor) to Prague. Netopil is the ‘conductor of the year’ in the 2017 festival, also taking on the closing concert by the Vienna Symphony including a performance of Dvořák’s Sixth Symphony. Appearing in the Rudolfinum as well will be an Austrian ensemble with strong ties to Prague, the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra, led by Ingo Metzmacher with pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet.

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Chamber Series Chamber Series

Radek Baborák is one of the most sought-after hornists internationally. Thanks to his many years of experience in the most prestigious orchestras of the world including the Berlin Philharmonic, his successful career as a soloist alongside such conductors as Daniel Barenboim and Seiji Ozawa, his own work as conductor, and his passion for chamber playing, he is wonderfully qualified to serve as Curator of the Dvořák Prague Festival’s Chamber Series. Thanks to him, this year the Series will not only welcome a host of star performers from abroad but will also present the most outstanding Czech players serving in renowned orchestras of the world. All will join forces for the first time in the splendid Dvořák Prague Festival Orchestra.

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Recital Recital

Each year the festival includes a major profile recital by one of the most outstanding performers of our time. Listeners will surely remember forever splendid performances in the Dvořák Hall such as those by singers Joseph Calleja and Adam Plachetka, or pianists Jean-Yves Thibaudet and the inimitable Evgeny Kissin. This year we are honoured to welcome probably the greatest Czech interpreter of Chopin, Ivan Klánský, who in his major festival concert will perform works by two of his favourite composers—besides Chopin also Beethoven.

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Debut Day Debut Day

‘Debut Day’, on the third Friday of the Dvořák Prague Festival, will feature four rising stars of concert stages of the world in a concert celebrating the international successes of Czech performance art and presenting these young artists, luminaries of the future, to the festival audience. They are all winners of important international competitions: hornist Kateřina Javůrková (Second Prizein Munich’s ARD Competition), violinist Olga Šroubková (First Prize in the Rodolfo Lipizer Competition in Gorizia), organist Pavel Svoboda (Second Prize in Leipzig’s Bach Organ Competition), and tenor Petr Nekoranec (First Prize in the Francesco Viñas Competition in Barcelona). ‘Debut Day’ is also a ‘Casual Friday’ on which one can come in informal attire to savour classical music in topflight performances by future stars.

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On the Trail of Dvořák On the Trail of Dvořák

It has now become a tradition for festival guests to set out ‘On the Trail of Dvořák’ just before the festival’s opening. These excursions take them to places that were critical for the composer, which on the first Sunday in September come alive with music and with an expert, spirited explanation by the festival’s musicologist, Dr. David Beveridge. After previous trips to Lužany, Zlonice, and Vysoká u Příbramě, then last year to Dvořák’s native village of Nelahozeves, this year we’ll follow Dvořák’s footsteps to Moravia and trace his musical connections with that region. Conductor Tomáš Netopil, a native of Kroměříž, will lead the master’s Stabat Mater in a rare performance of the original version with piano.

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Dvořák matinee Dvořák matinee

The Festival’s Saturday Dvořák Matinee at 11 AM is a platform for presentation of works by Dvořák in unusual performances. After last year’s performance of the ‘New World’ Symphony by the Anima Eterna orchestra under Jos van Immerseel, we’ll hear another untraditional rendition of this work as conceived by conductor Marek Štryncl and his Musica Florea ensemble on period instruments. Radical, stormy, romantic tempos, unusual tone colours, all as close as possible to the original notation: the authentic sound of an orchestra of Dvořák’s time will emerge from beneath the accretions of the modern performance tradition.

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Family Day Family Day

The Dvořák Prague Festival’s Family Day is a day for sharing the joy of music in the open air and for an entertaining presentation in the Rudolfinum. This day filled with fun and games, acquainting children and their parents with the inspiring figure of Dvořák and with the Prague that he knew, will culminate with a performance of Bohuslav Martinů’s ballet Who is the Most Powerful inthe World? arranged for narrator, saxophone quartet, and piano, for which director Jan Jiráň has chosen actor Jiří Lábus and the German quartet Clair-obscur. Family Day will include the traditional workshops, so popular with children, this year focused on Dvořák’s lifelong fascination with trains.

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