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Sunday, September 22, 2019, 8.00 pm

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Johann Sebastian Bach: English Suite No. 3 in G minor, BWV 808Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 11 in B flat major, Op. 22Fryderyk Chopin: Barcarolle in F sharp major, op. 60Fryderyk Chopin: Prélude in C sharp minor, Op. 45Maurice Ravel: Gaspard de la Nuit – piano cycle after poetry collection by Aloysius Bertrand

The recital by the pianist Ivo Pogorelich is one of the most eagerly anticipated events of this year’s Dvořák Prague Festival. This “enfant terrible” of the world’s stages is regarded as one of today’s most original pianists, and he will be presenting his brilliant piano technique and his individual interpretive approach to stylistically quite diverse repertoire with a programme ranging from the Baroque master Johann Sebastian Bach, the formal perfection of one of Ludwig van Beethoven’s sonatas, and the melancholy musical language of Frédéric Chopin to one of the key modern works penned by Maurice Ravel. Ivo Pogorelich’s concert promises to be an unforgettable experience.

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


Ivo Pogorelich

The Croatian pianist Ivo Pogorelich is one of today’s elite pianists. His exceptional musical talent and original approach to interpretation predestined him to a brilliant international career, which was prefigured by the scandal at the prestigious Chopin Competition in Warsaw in 1980: under circumstances that still have not been explained, Pogorelich did not advance to the finals, causing some of the renowned artists on the jury including Martha Agerich and Paul Badura-Skoda to resign in protest. The very next year, Pogorelich signed an exclusive contract with the Deutsche Grammophon label and began appearing with the world’s top orchestras, including the Berlin Philharmonic and the Vienna Philharmonic. Although his large, stylistically diverse repertoire ranges from Bach to Prokofiev, he can be said to be most at home with the music of Frédéric Chopin. He now lives in Lugano, Switzerland. Besides his concert and recording activities, he also teaches and devotes himself to the popularising of music and to charitable activities. This year, he celebrates his 60th birthday and the 40th anniversary of his public musical career.

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.