Wednesday, September 11, 8.00 pm
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Programme

Johannes Brahms: Tragic Overture, Op. 81Antonín Dvořák: Concerto for Cello and Piano in A major, B10(arr. by Jarmil Burghauser and Tomáš Jamník)Josef Suk: Fairy Tale, Op. 16

Again with this concert, we are carrying out our long-term plans for familiarising audiences with Dvořák’s less frequently played works within the framework of the Dvořák Collection series. The composer’s early Concerto for Cello and Piano in A Major will be heard in a later orchestral arrangement by the leading expert on Dvořák’s music Jarmil Burghauser. The soloist will be the successful young Czech cellist Tomáš Jamník, who has long been proponent of incorporating this concerto into the standard solo cello repertoire. The programme will include a work that is extraordinarily popular with audiences by Dvořák’s pupil and son-in-law Josef Suk, the suite from incidental music to Zeyer’s dramatic fairytale Radúz and Mahulena, and Brahms’s equally popular Tragic Overture. The Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra will perform under the baton of the British conductor James Judd.

  • Dress code: dark suit
  • Doors close: 19.55
  • End of concert: 21.50

Artists

Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra

For many decades, the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra has been a universal symphonic ensemble with a wide range of repertoire including concert music and opera, and it is one of the most important and oldest orchestras in the Czech Republic. Among the permanent or guest conductors to have collaborated with the orchestra have been Václav Talich, Karel Ančerl, Václav Neumann, Vladimír Válek, and Charles Mackerras. Its present chief conductor is Alexander Liebreich. A number of foreign composers have conducted their own music with the orchestra, including Sergei Prokofiev and Aram Khachaturian. The orchestra has always devoted itself intensively to recording, and it has to its credit the making of audio recordings of many Czech classics that are not a usual part of the repertoire. This is not the orchestra’s first appearance at the Dvořák Prague Festival: back in 2014 it took part in the festival’s world premiere complete performance of Dvořák’s first opera Alfred with its original German libretto.

Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra

James Judd

The beginnings of the artistic career of the British conductor James Judd are connected with his studies at London’s Trinity College. As one of the school’s exceptionally successful graduates, he was appointed as an assistant to the legendary conductor Lorin Maazel. His wealth of artistic activities has included collaborations with renowned orchestras including the Berlin Philharmonic, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, and the London Symphony Orchestra. His chief domain as a conductor has been the music of British and American composers and in particular Edward Elgar, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland, and George Gershwin. Besides his concert activities, he has been a frequent guest of opera houses (English National Opera) and festivals (Wexford Festival and the Glyndebourne Opera Festival), where he has conducted productions of the operas Il trovatore, La traviata, Rigoletto, The Barber of Seville, and The Marriage of Figaro. He has made a number of recordings for the Decca, EMI, and Philips labels. For his recording of Mahler’s First Symphony, he won the prestigious Diapason d’Or. Since the 2017/18 concert season, he has been the chief conductor of the Slovak Philharmonic.

James Judd - conductor

Tomáš Jamník

Tomáš Jamník is one of the most successful Czech performers of the younger generation. He began devoting himself systematically to playing cello at the age of five, and after graduating from the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague under the guidance of Prof. Josef Chuchro, he furthered his studies in Leipzig and Berlin. At the age of twenty-one, he won the 2006 Prague Spring International Competition, where he also was awarded several other special prizes. In 2010 he won an audition earning him a place in the renowned Karajan Academy in Berlin. In that context, he performed as a member of the Berlin Philharmonic and in various chamber music ensembles with members of that orchestra. Since 2011 he has been collaborating with a number of top artists including Simon Rattle, Reinhard Goebel, and Leif Ove Andsnes. Together with the violinist Jan Fišer and the pianist Ivo Kahánek, he is a founding member of the Dvořák Trio. For the Supraphon label, he has recorded the complete works of Antonín Dvořák for cello and orchestra, including the virtually unknown Cello Concerto in A Major in a special arrangement based on an orchestration by Jarmil Burghauser.

Tomáš Jamník - violoncello

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.