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Thursday, September 15, 2016, 8.00 pm
Dvořák Collection III

Programme

Antonín Dvořák: Symphonic poems based on K. J. Erben´s A BouquetThe Water Goblin, Op. 107, B. 195; The Noon Witch, Op. 108, B. 196; The Golden Spinning Wheel, Op. 109, B. 197; The Wild Dove, Op. 110, B. 198Antonín Dvořák: A Hero’s Song, Op. 111, B. 199

As part of the festival's 'Dvořák Collection III' we'll hear a complete performance of the composer's symphonic poems: the four based on Erben's A Garland and his rarely-heard final work in this genre, A Hero's Song. These superb musical pictures, poetic and at the same time dramatic, will be interpreted by the Czech Philharmonic (which has Dvořák's music in its blood), this time under the baton of the outstanding young conductor Jakub Hrůša.

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

Artists

Czech Philharmonic

The Czech Philharmonic is the foremost Czech orchestra and has long held a place among the most esteemed representatives of Czech culture on the international scene. The beginning of its rich history is linked to the name of Antonín Dvořák, who on 4 January 1896 conducted the ensemble’s inaugural concert. Although the orchestra performs a broad range of the basic international repertoire, it is sought out most often for its superb interpretations of works by the Czech classics, in a tradition built by excellent conductors like Václav Talich, Rafael Kubelík, Karel Ančerl, and Václav Neumann. The ensemble has won many international honours for its recordings, the first of which it made already in 1929: Smetana’s My Country with Talich. In 2008 the prestigious magazine Gramophone ranked it among the twenty best orchestras of the world. Since the inception of the Dvořák Prague Festival the Czech Philharmonic has been its resident orchestra.

Czech Philharmonic

Jakub Hrůša

Jakub Hrůša is one of the most highly-respected conductors of the young generation. He studied conducting at Prague’s Academy of Performing Arts under Jiří Bělohlávek among others before continuing his education at the Universität der Künste in Berlin. When only eighteen he received three major honours in the Prague Spring International Conducting Competition, and three years later he won the Lovro von Matačić International Conducting Competition in Zagreb. He has already worked with most Czech professional orchestras as well as numerous orchestras abroad including the London Philharmonic, the Philharmonia Orchestra, and the Gewandhaus Orchestra of Leipzig. He is active in the field of opera as well, having conducted such works as Carmen, Don Giovanni, Rusalka, The Cunning Little Vixen, and Boris Godunov in Prague’s National Theatre, Copenhagen’s Royal Danish Theatre, and the opera festival in Glyndebourne, England. Also highly acclaimed are his recordings on the Supraphon, Octavia Records, and Universal labels. He is now appearing in the Dvořák Prague Festival for the third time. Since the season 2016/2017 will become the principal conductor of the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra. 

Jakub Hrůša - 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.