Tuesday, September 8, 10.32 am

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Antonín Dvořák: Slavonic Dances, series I, Op. 46, B. 78Antonín Dvořák: Slavonic Dances, series II, Op. 72, B. 145

If Dvořák’s cycle of Slavonic Dances consisted of only the first set, with a single exception the title could have been changed to Czech Dances. Only the second number was inspired by the Ukrainian dumka, while all of the other dances are based on domestic sources. It is only in the second set composed eight years later that the composer takes a broader look at the “Slavonic world”, and besides the Czech furianta, skočná, and sousedská, there is also a place for the Serbian kolo, the Polish polonaise, and the odzemek of Moravian Wallachia. At the Dvořák Prague Festival, the entire cycle will be played by the superb Ardašev Piano Duo – the Slavonic Dances will be heard in the original version for piano four-hands, which is somewhat more intimate than the later orchestral arrangements, and also more transparent. The inspiration from folk sources comes across more directly in the piano version, more clearly revealing Dvořák’s artistry and development as a composer. Amongst the works he composed between the two sets of Slavonic Dances are the Violin Concerto and the oratorio Saint Ludmila – Dvořák was continually growing as a composer, and the second set of Slavonic Dances, in comparison with the relative simplicity of the first, moves in the direction of a much more sophisticated compositional statement.

  • Dress code: dark suit
  • Doors close: 19.55
  • End of concert: 21.30


Igor Ardašev

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Renata Ardaševová

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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.