Programme

Antonín Dvořák: Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95, B. 178, ʻFrom the New WorldʻAntonín Dvořák: Patriotic Hymn from the poem The Heirs of White Mountain, Op. 30, B. 134

Again this year the festival is continuing in its mission of discovering unjustly neglected works by Dvořák. Among them is indisputably his effective Patriotic Hymn to words from the poem The Heirs of White Mountain, which brought the young composer his first major success. Together with a regular item in the festival’s offerings, the ‘New World’ Symphony, it will be given in an authentic interpretation on period instruments by a topflight ensemble engaged in historically-informed performance, Musica Florea.

  • Dress code: dark suit
  • Opening word: 10.20
  • Doors close: 10.55
  • End of concert: 13.00

Artists

Musica Florea

Musica Florea has long been among the most respected Czech ensembles performing early music and has made a major contribution to the international renaissance of interest in the music of the Czech Baroque master Jan Dismas Zelenka. In the past several years, however, the ensemble has been turning also to works by more recent composers, applying the principles of historically-informed performance in their interpretation. This pertains above all to Antonín Dvořák, the focus of a long-term project aimed at performance and then issue of recordings of all nine of his symphonies in authentic performances on period instruments or copies thereof, in the style of period performance practice.

Musica Florea

Collegium Floreum

An inseparable part of the Musica Florea ensemble is the choir Collegium Floreum, comprising professional singers, choirmasters, teachers, vocal coaches, and voice students sharing a deep interest in historically-informed interpretation and having experience from many ensembles and singing associations in Czechia and Slovakia.

Marek Štryncl

Marek Štryncl may be considered one of the most versatile musicians in Czechia at the present time. His interests range from composing to playing the cello, choral and orchestral conducting, programming, and organizing. Best known is his work as artistic director of Musica Florea, which he founded in 1992 because of his interest in historically-informed performance of early music. He collaborates with many renowned soloists like Magdaléna Kožená and Phillipe Jaroussky and orchestras such as the Prague Philharmonia and Les Musiciens du Paradis. His recordings have won many prestigious international awards such as a Diapason d’Or in 1994 and a Cannes Classical Award in 2003. Of his return to an authentic manner of performing works by Dvořák he has said: ‘You’ll notice things you had no idea existed in Dvořák.’

Marek Štryncl - conductor

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.