Karel Plihal, one of the country's most popular musicians and songwriters has just released a new album and DVD to celebrate 25 years in the business. The double album called Karel Plihal in Olomouc features live performances from a December concert in his Moravian home town. The songs were selected by Karel Plihal himself. He says these songs have been closest to his heart in his musical career. Besides his most popular songs, it includes tracks that have never been released before, and forty short poems.
On Good Friday, the legendary underground band, The Plastic People of the Universe performed "Passion Play" which is about the crucifixion of Christ. They played it for the first time in 1978 at Vaclav Havel's country cottage but given the political situation back then, they were not able to play it again. After the fall of communism the band was reunited and recently decided to revive "Passion Play". They are now performing it in cooperation with Agon orchestra. Nikola Brabenec joins us now for an interview with her father, Vratislav Brabenec,
Antonin Dvorak's Stabat Mater has to be one of the most beautiful and most moving pieces of music ever to come out of the Czech lands. The text is a devotional poem written in Latin in the 13th century, probably by the Franciscan monk Jacopone da Todi. It opens with the grief of the Virgin Mary at Christ's crucifixion, but then turns into a prayer, written in the first person and addressed to the Virgin - in which the writer longs to be reunited with Christ. The poem ends with the hope of the resurrection. The poetry is powerful in its very
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the founding of legendary underground band- Prazsky Vyber. During the mid 1980s the band was blacklisted by the communist regime and became a symbol of resistance. Following the Velvet Revolution front man Michael Kocab acted as one of Vaclav Havel's main advisors and oversaw the withdrawal of Soviet troops. To celebrate the anniversary, Czech television has just released a documentary film which tracks the bands history and makes use a of a wide range archive material.
Traditional Indian sitar music is not the sort of sound you would expect at a festival traditionally associated with European classical music, but this year's "Prague Spring" international music festival will be different. The festival, which starts on May 12th, is celebrating its 60th birthday and among the artists from all over the world will be the famous Indian musician, Anoushka Shankar. She is the daughter of the legendary sitar virtuoso Ravi Shankar - who in the 60s even played with the Beatles. As Prague Spring director Roman Belor says,
Images of Helena Vondrackova, a famous Czech pop star whose music dates back to the 1960s - splashed across Czech newspapers on Tuesday. The singer had taken a well known music critic to court and won, for public statements he made about her which she says are slanderous. But Monday the Czech Constitutional Court annulled the ruling. Kate Barrette has been following the story and has more on the case.
Jan's guest in One on One is renowned Czech-Canadian pianist Antonin Kubalek, whose recordings and performances have captured audiences worldwide. In the 90s, Mr Kubalek returned for a series of triumphant performances in the Czech Republic, and continues to perform here regularly today. His recitals are most recommended, containing an incredible intensity; his repertoire includes Dvorak, Schubert, Smetana, and Brahms. But, how did Antonin Kubalek get involved in music? That was the first question I asked him when we met recently in downtown
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