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Wednesday, September 20, 8.00 pm

Programme

Antonín Dvořák: Nocturne in B major, Op. 40Antonín 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 Nocturno 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

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.

Czech Philharmonic

Petr Altrichter

For decades now Petr Altrichter has ranked among the foremost Czech conductors. After studies at the Ostrava Conservatoire and the Janáček Academy of Performing Arts in Brno he soon drew major attention at the international conducting competition in Besançon, where he won second prize and a special prize from the French composers’ union. He has led the majority of the most important Czech orchestras including the Czech Philharmonic, and from 1997 to 2001 served as chief conductor and artistic director of the Royal Philharmonic of Liverpool. While working in Great Britain he has promoted Czech music very intensively. He is regularly invited to conduct major orchestras of the world such as the London Philharmonic and the Berlin Symphony. His conducting style is distinguished by great vitality and spontaneous musicality.

Petr Altrichter - conductor

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.

Jean-Guihen Queyras - violoncello

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.