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Tuesday, September 12, 2017, 8.00 pm
World-class Orchestras

Programme

Johannes Brahms: Academic Festival Overture, Op. 80Antonín Dvořák: Symphonic Variations, Op. 78, B. 80Bohuslav Martinů: Concerto for String Quartet and Orchestra, H. 207Richard Strauss: Suite from the opera Der Rosenkavalier, Op. 59

The renowned Essen Philharmonic will present a combination of Czech and German repertoire under the baton of one of the most successful Czech conductors of the present time, Tomáš Netopil, who is active on concert stages both at home and abroad. A combination of typically German precision with Slavic ardour will yield an uncommon listening experience, further enhanced by performance in a work of Bohuslav Martinů by the Pavel Haas Quartet, a Czech-Slovak ensemble whose recordings have won many international honours including a prize from the Gramophone Awards—the ‘Oscars of classical music’.

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

Artists

Pavel Haas Quartet

After victories at the Prague Spring Competition and the Premio Paolo Borciani in Reggio Emilia, Italy, in 2005 the Pavel Haas Quartet quickly won itself a place among today’s most prominent chamber ensembles. The quartet members studied with Milan Škampa, the legendary violist of the Smetana Quartet. The Pavel Haas Quartet appears at the most important concert halls around the world. In 2007 the European Concert Hall Organisation (ECHO) named the Pavel Haas Quartet as one of its “Rising Stars”. This gave the group the unique opportunity to appear in a series of concerts at important concert venues. From 2007 to 2009 they took part in the BBC New Generation Artists programme, and in 2010 they won a special scholarship from the Borletti–Buitoni Trust. The Pavel Haas Quartet records exclusively for Supraphon. They have eight albums to their credit, and all of their CDs have won significant international awards – the Diapason d’Or de l’année, the BBC Music Magazine Award for two albums, and the Gramophone Award on six occasions. The quartet is named for the Czech composer Pavel Haas (1899–1944), whose musical legacy includes three magnificent string quartets.

Tomáš Netopil

Tomáš Netopil is one of the most internationally successful Czech conductors. After studying violin at the P.J. Vejvanovský Conservatory in Kroměříž and orchestral and choral conducting at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, he pursued further studies at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm. His victory at the Sir Georg Solti International Conductor’s Competition in Frankfurt am Main in 2002 launched his career’s meteoric rise. From 2009 to 2012 he was the musical director of the National Theatre Orchestra in Prague, and since 2013 he has held the position of music director of the Aalto Theatre and Philharmonie Essen, in Germany. He collaborates with many renowned orchestras, including the Staatskapelle Dresden, Orchestre Santa Cecilia Roma, and the London Philharmonic Orchestra; he guest conducts at the famed Semperoper in Dresden, and he has appeared repeatedly at the Salzburg Festival. He successfully introduced himself at the Vienna State Opera with Janáček’s Cunning Little Vixen, Dvořák’s Rusalka, Mozart’s Così fan tutte, and a new production of the first version of Beethoven’s Leonora. During the 2019/20 concert season, he guest conducted in Paris at the invitation of the Orchestre National de France, where he returned last season as well as to the Wiener Symphoniker. Also last season he debuted at the Grand Théâtre de Gèneve and in concerts with the Mozarteum Salzburg Orchestra.

Essen Philharmonic

The Essen Philharmonic is one of the oldest orchestras in Germany. Founded in 1899, it soon acquired its own concert hall, upon whose festive opening in 1904 it performed Richard Strauss’s Sinfonia domestica under the baton of the composer. Two years later it gave the premiere of Gustav Mahler’s Sixth Symphony, again under the composer’s own direction. Since its origin more than a century ago the ensemble has earned an outstanding reputation: music critics have repeatedly deemed it the ‘orchestra of the year’ in Germany, and numerous superb conductors have lifted their batons to lead it, from Otto Klemperer through Bernard Haitink to Krzysztof Penderecki. As is customary in German-speaking countries, the ensemble serves as both a symphonic and an operatic orchestra, performing in Essen’s Aalto-Musiktheater. Apart from normal operatic performances, each season it gives about thirty orchestral concerts, and some of its members also play in chamber groups. The orchestra also appears regularly in concert halls abroad, and engages in music education projects for youth.

Essen Philharmonic

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.

Download the Dvořák hall plan HERE.