Music experts who follow the endlessly surprising musical output of violin improviser and innovator Iva Bittova would agree that one of her most sophisticated recordings has been her treatment of Bela Bartok's 44 Duets for two violins. Obviously, Bittova, who usually makes music on her own, needed a partner for this album. Her choice was a former colleague Dorothea Kellerova - they both studied violin with the same professor. Only few people were aware that even back then Kellerova had her own band, with the strange name "Quakvarteto", which over
...and I felt happy within these songs, in which sorrow is not reckless, laughter is not crooked, love is not ridiculous and hate is not apprehensive, where people love with their bodies and souls, where they draw knives or sabres in hatred, dance in joy, throw themselves into the Danube in despair, where, for that matter, love is still love and pain is still pain, where the original emotion is not yet devoid of itself and where values are still unravaged; and it seemed to me that within these songs I was at home, that I had my roots in there.
Our guest in today's Arts is young Czech jazz guitarist David Doruzka. Born in 1980, David started performing regularly at the age of fourteen. Ten years ago he received the "Best Talent of the Year" award from the Czech Jazz Society and in the following years he performed with leading musicians on the Czech jazz scene. In 1999 David Doruzka went to Boston to study at Berklee College of Music. Last June he recorded his first CD, called "Hidden Paths" in the United States. It was officially released here in the Czech Republic on Tuesday. When David Doruzka
You may remember an interview we broadcast last year with Zdenek Macal, when he was appointed chief conductor of the greatest of all Czech orchestras, the Czech Philharmonic. Despite a huge international reputation after many years with top orchestras abroad, Macal was not particularly well known in his native Prague. The Czech Philharmonic had been going through a difficult few years, with financial problems, internal disputes and even fears that its artistic standards were suffering. So Zdenek Macal inherited a difficult job. Today, just a few months
Although Czechs are generally considered to be a Slavic race, many of them will tell you that they also have some Celtic roots. Indeed, Bohemia is generally considered to be the place from which the Celts migrated across Europe nearly two millennia ago. In many ways, therefore, the Irish musicians arriving in Prague this week for an Irish music festival to celebrate St. Patrick's Day (March 17) could be enjoying a sort of homecoming. It will also give many Czechs an opportunity to reacquaint themselves - at least informally - with some aspects
When the "Year of Czech Music" was launched in January, the jazz flute player, Jiri Stivin, complained that this year's celebrations were focusing far too much on classical music. So I make no apology for departing from our usual classical themes in this week's Encore to look at a musician whose music comes closer to the beer hall than the concert platform. The thirty-year-old singer Raduza shot to fame a decade ago, when she shared a stage with Suzanne Vega here in Prague. She accompanies her songs on the accordion, and despite a huge and still
Hockey fans at the opera? Believe it or not Czechs are producing an opera about their 1998 hockey victory at the winter Olympics in Nagano. Democratic presidential frontrunner John Kerry and his distant relations in Europe: the American who is so popular three European states are laying claim to his ancestors. Czech chefs give the public a taste of the best -and demand recognition! And, the price of a condom rocks Parliament. Find out more in Magazine with Daniela Lazarova.
Ten years ago, on March 3rd, 1994, just four years after the collapse of communist rule, one of the icons of anti-communist resistance died at the age of fifty. Folk singer Karel Kryl emigrated from Czechoslovakia after the Soviet occupation but clandestine copies of his records circulated among people till the very end of the communist regime.
Welcome to the Arts. 2004 has been designated as the Year of Czech Music and will be marked with concerts, exhibitions, and festivals around the country. The reason - this year the Czech Republic commemorates as many as 60 anniversaries of important composers, musicians and music organisations. And some of those anniversaries fell on this week.
Czechs and Germans in 1930s Czechoslovakia: a complex picture
Wide range of events in store for Czechs this weekend as 30-year anniversary of Velvet Revolution reaches climax
Study: Airbnb to push Prague citizens out of wider city centre
Shabby pub profits from nostalgia
Hundreds of thousands again gather in Prague to voice their opposition to prime minister