Antonín dvořák - ivan moravec - biblical songs; evening song; songs my mother taught me



Julian Rachlin – Artist-in-Residence of the Festival
In 2018, the violinist, violist, and conductor Julian Rachlin will be the artist-in-residence of the Prague Spring festival. He will be presenting the entire breadth of his talents at four festival concerts. First, he will be the soloist in Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto on 14 May. At his recital on 16 May, accompanied by the pianist Itamar Golan, he will be heard playing the famed Stradivarius “ex Liebig” violin built in 1704, and also a superbly crafted viola from the workshop of Lorenzo Storioni (1785). This promises to be an experience that (not only) lovers of chamber music should not miss. He will be playing quartet music at his third appearance on 21 May, and on 23 May he will conduct the Prague Philharmonia. To open the concert, he will be accompanying the winner of last year’s Prague Spring International Music Competition, the violinist Olga Šroubková. In the final round of the competition, she dazzled the jury with her performance of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto. At Prague Spring 2018, she will be playing another of the famous and extremely demanding works of the Romantic era, Brahms’s Violin Concerto in D Major.

Prague Spring as the Venue of World Premieres
Prague Spring is the sole Czech representative in the prestigious International Society for Contemporary Music (ISCM). This is in accordance with the fact that world premieres of works written on commission for the festival are an integral part of Prague Spring programming. Michal Nejtek’s scope as an artist is remarkable: he has received commissions for new works from such renowned festivals as Warsaw Autumn and the Donaueschinger Musiktage. At the beginning of this season, the National Theatre in Brno performed his opera The Rules of Good Manners with great success. As was mentioned above, at Prague Spring the Warsaw Philharmonic will be playing the world premiere of his composition Ultramarine. The prestigious ensemble Klangforum Wien will then give the world premiere of a work by Luboš Mrkvička.
Besides these two works commissioned by Prague Spring, the festival is also proudly presenting the world premiere of a song cycle titled Little Works by Marko Ivanović (performed by the Swedish mezzo soprano Katarina Karnéus).
Adding to the list of world premieres will be an appearance by the Epoque Quartet, which will be presenting the first performance of the compositions EQ172 Alexey Aslamas and Sundial by Jan Kučera. In celebration of the hundredth anniversary of the founding of Czechoslovakia, Michal Müller has composed Passacaglia 1918, which will likewise be given its world premiere at the festival in a performance by the Czech Nonet.
The Graffe Quartet and the horn player Jan Vobořil will be presenting André Previn’s new Quintet for Horn and String Quartet, which was commissioned to be premiered at Prague Spring by the Terezín Music Foundation. In collaboration with that foundation, a work by Jiří Gemrot will be given its premiere at a concert of the vocal ensemble Martinů Voices. The same programme will also feature the Czech premieres of works by Sivan Eldar and Eric Whitacre. The festival has also commissioned Jiří Gemrot to compose a compulsory composition to be played by contestants in the second round of the Prague Spring International Music Competition for French horn.
Jana Boušková and the Prague Philharmonia will give the Czech premiere of the Concerto for Harp and Orchestra by Lukáš Sommer. Czech audience members will also be hearing the composition Karakuri by Ondřej Adámek for the very first time. That will take place at the festival appearance by the ensemble Prague Modern under the baton of the Swiss conductor Baldur Brönnimann, a specialist in contemporary music. The programme will also present classics of contemporary music, including works by Gérard Grisey, Jonathan Harvey, and Salvatore Sciarrino.

Three festival evenings will be devoted exclusively to contemporary music. Besides Prague Modern, they will feature the Austrian ensemble Klangorum Wien and the vocal group Neue Vocalsolisten from Stuttgart, Germany.
Klangforum Wien is today regarded as one of the world’s top ensembles in the interpretation of contemporary music. Besides the aforementioned world premiere of a work by Mrkvička, it will also be playing two compositions belonging to its established repertoire of Austro-German provenience: Monadologie XII by Bernhard Lang and Speicher I by Enno Poppe, who has in recent years become one of the chief representatives of the middle generation of German composers.
The ensemble Neue Vocalsolisten does not regard itself as a choir, but rather as a chamber ensemble consisting of seven vocal soloists. They are a superior ensemble on the European scene specializing in the interpretation of contemporary compositions that make special demands and require an innovative, creative approach. This will be their first appearance at Prague Spring, and they will be presenting the best of their contemporary repertoire. All three of the works they will be performing were composed for and premiered by Neue Vocalsolisten. The programme will feature Liebesgedichte by Georg Friedrich Haas and Le premier jour by Giovanni Bertelli, then the evening will conclude with Twelve Madrigals by Salvatore Sciarrino.

Masterful Interpretations of Early Music
The Monteverdi Choir and the English Baroque Soloists are among the stars on today’s Baroque firmament. Together with their founder and artistic director Sir John Eliot Gardiner, they are coming to Prague to present selections from the cantatas of Johann Sebastian Bach. Cantatas constitute the bulk of the repertoire of both ensembles; their award-winning complete set of recordings of Bach’s 198 sacred cantatas says it all. It was recorded live during the Bach Cantata Pilgrimage, a gigantic tour with the two ensembles visiting over sixty churches in Europe and the USA. The Gramophone called the event “one of the most ambitious and uplifting musical undertakings ever.” The Prague Spring public still has vivid memories of the legendary performance of Bach’s B Minor Mass in 2010, when Gardiner also appeared with the Monteverdi Choir and the English Baroque Soloists.
The ensemble Accademia Bizantina will be yet another centerpiece of the Prague Spring early music series. It is noted for its distinctive sound based on the noble tradition of Italian chamber music. Together with its artistic director, the acclaimed harpsichordist Ottavio Dantone, it will be taking the concert audience back to the late Baroque period in Italy, the cradle of the instrumental concerto. Providing the framework for the programme will be works by Antonio Vivaldi, whose music is featured on several recordings of this unique orchestra, which enchants listeners not only in its native Italy.

For over half a century, Jordi Savall has been one of the most prominent figures of the world of authentic interpretation of early music. He rediscovers forgotten musical treasures, and he tirelessly engages himself in searching for unexpected interrelationships, emphasizing music’s reach and its power to influence history. At the same time, he reminds us that music is perhaps the best mirror of our history. Savall’s large-scale project Jerusalem , with which he is returning to Prague Spring after a nine-year absence, is also based on these principles. Jerusalem, a city with five thousand years of history, is a place where all three great monotheistic religious of the Mediterranean come together. During joyous times, it was a destination of pilgrims, and at other times the goal of conquerors. The usual etymological explanation for the name Jerusalem is the “city of two peaces”, . heavenly peace proclaimed by the prophets and earthly peace declared by political leaders. For this project, Jordi Savall and the members of the ensembles Hespèrion XXI and La Capella Reial de Catalunya have surrounded themselves with Jewish, Christian, and Muslim musicians from Israel, Palestine, Greece, Armenia, Turkey, England, France, Spain, Italy, and Belgium in order to present Jerusalem in its varied palette of colors, perhaps as a metaphor for today’s world.

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A Gamekeeper and his nephew, the Kitchen-Boy, note that the Prince is to be married to a mute and nameless bride. They suspect witchcraft and doubt it will last, as the Prince is already lavishing attentions on a Foreign Princess who is a wedding guest. The Foreign Princess, jealous, curses the couple. The prince rejects Rusalka. Rusalka then goes back to the lake with her father the Water Gnome. The Foreign Princess, having won the Prince's affection, now scorns it.

In January, there is a high-carat musical introduction to the cello focus of the upcoming Festival season, »Cellomania«. One of the instrument’s greatest protagonists of our times, the American virtuoso Yo-Yo Ma, makes a guest appearance at the Frauenkirche. The exceptional musician has 18 »Grammy« Awards and almost 100 CD recordings to his name and is always on the lookout for new resounding perspectives. His numerous projects always highlight music as a form of communication and a link between cultures and people. In his Dresden Music Festival debut, Yo-Yo Ma performs Johann Sebastian Bach’s Suites for Cello Solo BWV 1007-1012 – doubtlessly one of the pinnacles of cello literature.

Here you will find works for various ensembles: concertos (Kozeluch, Saint-Saëns...), chamber ensembles (octets, sextets...) vocal works (Shnittke's requiem, Martinu songs, Rachmaninov Vespers...) even the recent release of a concert by Mvravinsky in 1959.


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