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Wednesday, September 9, 8.00 pm

Programme

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Sonata D major K.V. 311 Antonín Dvořák: Piano pieces, Op. 52 Antonín Dvořák: Poetic Moods, Op. 85 (selection) Franz Schubert: Impromptus, Op. 90, No. 1 and 4
  • Dress code: dark suit
  • Doors close: 7.55 pm
  • End of concert: 9.30 pm

Annotation

The Dvořák Prague Festival is presenting one of the best Czech pianists of the present time, Ivo Kahánek, who this year is also curator of the festival's entire chamber series (the 'Chamber Music Society'). As evident from the programme of his solo recital, the core of his repertoire lies mainly in music of the Romantic period – hence Dvořák's Piano Pieces, Op. 52 and his Poetic Moods as well as the two Impromptus by Franz Schubert. The concert will open with a work in the Classical style, Mozart's Sonata in D major, which will clearly demonstrate Kahánek’s performing powers. 

Medallions

Ivo Kahánek

Pianist Ivo Kahánek is one of the most successful Czech performing artists of the present time. After graduating from Ostrava’s Janáček Conservatoire and Prague’s Academy of Performing Arts, he furthered his education at London’s renowned Guildhall School and in master classes with Christian Zacharias, Alicia de Larrocha, and others. At the age of twenty-five he became absolute victor in the Prague Spring International Music Competition. In addition to giving solo recitals he appears with renowned orchestras like the Czech Philharmonic, the BBC Symphony, and Cologne’s West German Radio Orchestra under outstanding conductors such as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Pinchas Steinberg, and Jiří Bělohlávek. In 2007 he performed Bohuslav Martinů's Piano Concerto No. 4, ‘Incantation’, in the famous BBC Proms Festival in London’s Royal Albert Hall, and in November 2014 he became the second Czech pianist in history (after Rudolf Firkušný) to perform with the Berlin Philharmonic, conducted by Sir Simon Rattle. Last year he served as curator of the Dvořák Prague Festival's chamber series.

St. Agnes Convent

The Convent of St. Agnes in the 'Na Františku' neighbourhood of Prague's Old Town is considered the first Gothic structure not only in Prague but in all of Bohemia. It was founded by King Wenceslas I in 1233–34 at the instigation of his sister, the Přemyslid princess Agnes of Bohemia, for the Order of Saint Clare which Agnes introduced into Bohemia and of which she was the first abbess. The convent was preceded by a hospital. The 'Poor Clares' originated as an offshoot of the Order of St. Francis of Assisi, and the convent was at one time known as the Prague Assisi. Agnes was an outstanding figure in religious life of the thirteenth century. Besides this Clarist convent she also founded the only Czech religious order – the Hospital Order of the Knights of the Cross with the Red Star. She was canonized in 1989.