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Sunday, September 20, 2015, 11.00 am
Dvořák Matinee

Programme

Josef Mysliveček: Ouverture to L´OlimpiadeLeopold Koželuh: Symphony in G minor, Op. 22, No. 3Jan Václav Voříšek: Symphony in D major, Op. 24

The leading Czech Baroque orchestra, Collegium 1704, will perform works by three outstanding representatives of the Classical style in its concert for the Dvořák Prague Festival: Mysliveček’s overture to the opera L'Olimpiade, the Sinfonia No. 3 in G minor by Leopold Koželuh, and the only symphony by Jan Václav Hugo Voříšek. All three names were very well known (not only) in their time in both the Czech and the Austrian capitals. And so it will be immensely interesting to compare their compositional styles during a single morning concert. 

Concert is a part of the Family Day - download programme.

  • Dress code: casual
  • Doors close: 10.55 pm
  • End of concert: 12.30 pm

Artists

Collegium 1704

The Collegium 1704 orchestra and its associated ensemble Collegium Vocale 1704 were founded by conductor and harpsichordist Václav Luks and gave their first performances in 2005. The number 1704 refers to the year when the musical world first took note of the brilliant Baroque composer Jan Dismas Zelenka. Works by Zelenka are prized items in the repertoire of this ensemble at various festivals in France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, and elsewhere. In 2013, a year marked by the rediscovery of the Czech composer Josef Mysliveček, the ensemble performed his opera L'Olimpiade with great success in Prague, Dijon, Caen, Luxembourg, and Vienna. Numerous recordings by the Collegium have been acclaimed by both Czech and international critics in the most varied musical journals; many of its concerts have been recorded or broadcast live by television and radio stations around Europe.  

Václav Luks

Václav Luks graduated from Prague’s Academy of Performing Arts in French horn and harpsichord, then left for Basel, Switzerland where he studied early music. The impetus for his formation of Collegium 1704 and Collegium Vocale 1704 was the project 'Bach-Prague-2005'. Luks and his Collegium very soon earned a place among the renowned ensembles of the world devoted to interpreting music of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. In 2008 he founded a successful international concert series called 'Musical Bridge Prague-Dresden'. He records not only with the orchestra but also as a soloist for various labels, and he is invited to sit in juries of international competitions such as the Johann Heinrich Schmelzer Wettbewerb in Melk, the Prague Spring International Music Competition, and the Bach-Wettbewerb in Leipzig. In 2009 he prepared Handel’s opera Rinaldo for Prague’s National Theatre. The staging of Mysliveček’s opera L'Olimpiade was nominated for the prestigious International Opera Awards.

 

Václav Luks - 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.