recital
Monday, September 18, 8.00 pm

Programme

Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata for Piano No. 8 in C minor, Op. 13, ‘Pathétique’Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata for Piano No. 32 in C minor, Op. 111Fryderyk Chopin: Nocturne in F major, Op. 15, No. 1Fryderyk Chopin: Barcarolle in F sharp major, Op. 60Fryderyk Chopin: Four Mazurkas, Op. 17Fryderyk Chopin: Andante spianato et grande polonaise brillante in E flat major, Op. 22

Appearing in the Dvořák Prague Festival’s annual ‘Recital’ this year will be the legendary Czech pianist Ivan Klánský. For his festival concert he has chosen works by two of his favourite composers, both giants of world piano literature, Ludwig van Beethoven and Fryderyk Chopin, whose music he knows how to convey with his unmistakable poetic style. 

  • Dress code: dark suit
  • Doors close: 19.55
  • End of concert: 22.00

Artists

Ivan Klánský

The outstanding Czech pianist and pedagogue Ivan Klánský is a graduate of Prague’s Academy of Performing Arts. Early on he won honours in prestigious international competitions—in Bolzano in 1967, Naples 1968, Leipzig 1968, Warsaw 1970, Barcelona 1970, Fort Worth 1973, and Santander 1976. He concertizes regularly in Europe, Asia, Australia, the United States, and South America, with the total number of his appearances now approaching five thousand. He is also a sought-after performer in chamber music, whose name has long been associated with the superb Guarneri Trio of Prague. His playing is complemented by extraordinarily successful work as a teacher. Since 1983 he has been a professor at the Academy of Performing Arts, where since 1997 he has headed the Keyboard Department. Since 1991 he has been a professor at the College of Music in Lucerne, Switzerland as well, having also led master classes in Dublin (1982 to 1986) and Bad Saulgau (starting 1997).

Ivan Klánský - piano

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.