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Sunday, September 13, 2015, 8.00 pm
World-Class Orchestras


Antonín Dvořák: Serenade for Strings, Op. 22Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Clarinet Concerto KV 622Edward Elgar: Introduction and Allegro, Op. 47Joseph Haydn: Symphony No. 45, Hob. I:45, 'The Farewell'

Along with the orchestra itself, known for example from the soundtrack to the film Amadeus, a magnet in the concert to be given by London’s Academy of St Martin of the Fields is the world-renowned clarinetist Sabine Meyer. Their joint performance includes real hits of classical music: on the one hand Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto with its splendidly lyrical slow middle movement, and on the other Haydn’s joking 'Farewell' Symphony, during whose last movement the players actually leave the stage one by one. And the ensemble could not have made a better choice to represent Czech music: Dvořák’s Serenade for String Orchestra is full of catchy melodies, cosy contentment, and loveliness. The program continues with the song theme in Introduction and Allegro by Dvořák's admirer Edward Elgar.

  • Dress code: dark suit
  • Doors close: 7.55 pm
  • End of concert: 10.00 pm


Academy of St Martin in the Fields

The Academy of St Martin in the Fields orchestra bears the name of a well-known church in London, where it has its roots and gave its first concert; today, however, it is an ensemble operating internationally with no permanent base. The Academy of St Martin was founded in 1958 by its artistic director of many years, conductor Neville Marriner, who thus significantly contributed to the revival of interest in early music in England. Succeeding the pianist Murray Perahia, the famous American violinist Joshua Bell has served as the ensemble's third artistic director for the last several years. This chamber orchestra of variable size bases its profile mainly on musicality – on brilliant, well-informed interpretation of music from the Classical era, of works that are among the most popular worldwide. However, it does not eschew premieres of contemporary compositions. It has long been one of the most recorded orchestras. It performs in London and elsewhere in Britain as well as in cultural capitals around the world, but also plays frequently for school children and the handicapped.   

Sabine Meyer

In the early 1980s the German clarinetist Sabine Meyer became one of the first women to join the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra; the chief conductor Herbert von Karajan had to wage a battle with the other players over her privileged position, even though she was clearly a superb musician. However, she soon began to pursue a career as a soloist, and it was mainly thanks to her that the clarinet definitively became a respected solo concert instrument. As a sought-after soloist renowned for her exceptionally beautiful tone and wide-ranging artistic scope, she collaborates with the foremost orchestras of the world, but also plays with her brother and her husband, who are also clarinetists, in the Trio di Clarone. She teaches at the Hochschule für Musik in Lübeck. 

Sabine Meyer - clarinet

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.