The renowned Czech violinist Václav Hudeček has received the prestigious Italian award Cavaliere dell'Ordine della Stella d'Italia presented to artists for propagating the country’s good name abroad. Hudeček is one of the world’s leading interpreters of the music of Antonio Vivaldi and Niccolò Paganini. The award was presented to Hudeček at a special ceremony at the Italian embassy in Prague on Thursday.
One of the main events at this year’s Dvořák Prague Festival was without question Monday’s opening concert of Antonín Dvořák’s Symphony No. 2 and the composer’s Concerto for Cello and Orchestra, with world-renowned American cellist Yo Yo Ma. He first performed with the Czech Philharmonic back in 1989, under the baton of conductor Václav Neumann, just as Czechoslovakia was emerging from over 40 years of Communist rule.
Legendary cellist Yo-Yo Ma opened the eighth annual Dvořák Prague international music festival at Prague’s Rudolfinum on Monday night. The world renowned musician, accompanied by the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra with Jiří Bělohlávek at the helm, received a standing ovation for his performance of Dvořák’s famous B minor cello concerto. We spoke to the head of artistic planning for the festival, Guy Borg, about this year’s event.
The world-famous Russian soprano Anna Netrebko, along with her colleagues Ekaterina Gubanova, Aleksandrs Antonenko and Ildar Abdrazakov, charmed Prague opera lovers on Friday night with a concert in the Smetana hall in Obecní dům. The singers, accompanied by the Czech National Symphony Orchestra, performed selection of arias, duets, and quartets by Italian composers, and received several standing ovations. The concert, which was part of the Prague Proms series, was billed as one of the highlights of this year’s music scene and was sold out months in advance.
This Sunday falls on July 5, a public holiday in the Czech Republic marking the legacy of Saint Cyril and Methodius, two Christian missionaries, who arrived in Moravia in 863 to spread the gospel in the Slavic language. In this edition of Sunday Music Show we will listen to the Glagolitic Mass by Czech composer Leoš Janáček, a musical homage to the two missionaries. The version you are going to hear today is performed by the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Sir Charles Mackerras.
The 70th edition of the Prague Spring International Music Festival has just got underway. As every year, Tuesday’s opening concert at the Municipal Hall featured one of the greatest of Czech compositions, My Country by Bedřich Smetana. But this year, for the first time ever, a German orchestra performed at the curtain raiser for the biggest event in Czech classical music.
The 70th Prague Spring International Music Festival got underway on Tuesday morning with a memorial ceremony at the tomb of Bedřich Smetana at the city’s Vyšehrad cemetery. Dozens of people turned out to honour the composer on the anniversary of his death in 1844. Smetana’s My Country will, as is traditional, be performed at the opening concert of the Prague Spring at the Municipal Hall on Tuesday night, on this occasion by the North German Radio Symphony Orchestra.
In this week’s Arts, our guest is the New York-based jazz pianist and composer Dan Tepfer, who has received great acclaim for his take on J.S. Bach’s Goldberg Variations as well as other projects. Dan Tepfer was in the Czech Republic this week for a special performance at Prague Castle as part of the American Spring.
The multi-million selling classical crossover artist Maksim Mrvica is set to perform in the Czech capital for the first time next month. Ahead of that concert, the Croatian pianist, who looks like more like a rock star than most rock stars, stopped by at Radio Prague’s studios for a conversation that took in everything from his experiences as a teenager during the Yugoslav conflict to “Maksim-mania” in the Far East.