One of the Czech Republic’s most popular band, Mňága & Žďorp, have recently released a new album marking thirty years on Czech music scene.. Founded in 1987 in Valašské Meziříčí, the alternative rock band shot to fame already with their first album called “Made in Valmez”, which was awarded Czech album of the 1990s. The band’s thirteenth album is called Třínohý pes or Three-legged dog and features a number of guest musicians, including autoharp and banjo player Fanda Holý and singer Nikola Mucha.
Legendary Czech pop singer Karel Gott is to make a return to the stage after illness with a first concert on May 31 at Prague’s Hybernia theatre. The concert will be billed ‘Karel Gott Still aLive,’ according to his manager. Seventy-seven year-old Gott was described as having recovered from the serious cancer non-Hodgkin lymphoma at the start of last year after being diagnosed in late 2015. He has not made any concert appearances since. The return concert will feature Gott’s greatest hits as well as guest appearances from music and show business personalities.
Over 50 musicians from different genres are set to perform in Prague’s metro stations on Thursday. The sixth edition of the event, organised by the Prague Public Transport Company in cooperation with the Jaroslav Ježek Conservatory, will take place at six metro stations, including the Muzeum and Můstek stations in the city centre. The performances last all day until 9 pm in the evening.
The latest album of Martinů’s compositions by one of the Czech Republic’s leading chamber ensembles, the Smetana Trio, has won a prestigious BBC Music Magazine Award. The album, featuring the complete piano trios by Bohuslav Martinů, was already been chosen as the magazine’s Disc of the Month in June 2016. The ensemble’s pianist Jitka Čechová received the prize on Wednesday evening at London’s King’s Place. The Smetana Trio already received the Music Magazine Award in 2007 for their recording of Dvořák trios.
Jan Dismas Zelenka is considered one of the most significant baroque composers, yet his music had been largely forgotten after his death and was only rediscovered 150 years later by the composer Bedřich Smetana. Today, each new discovery of Zelenka’s previously unknown works is a sensation of its kind. His Easter Mass, or Missa Paschalis, composed in 1726, saw its modern-day premiere just a few years ago, when it was performed by Prague’s Ensemble Inégal.
It’s not at all hard to see why Guru by Tomáš Palucha was named LP of the year for 2016 by Czech Radio’s youth and alternative station, Wave. The captivating and ambitious guitar-based record mixes up dreamy, atmospheric tracks with poppy moments, while the variety of guest vocalists (it is Palucha’s first release to feature voice) makes for a broad and highly satisfying palette.
One of the most outstanding personalities on the Czech pop and rock scene Věra Špinarová has died at the age of 65. Dubbed the Czech Tina Turner, Špinarová recorded her first album at the age of 16. There was no one to match her for voice range and power and her incredible vitality set her apart from other artists on the Czech pop scene. In a career spanning half a century she recorded dozens of albums and gave thousands of concerts at home and abroad. Her biggest hit is: Jednoho dne se vrátíš to the music from Once Upon a Time in the West.
Czech conductor Jakub Hrůša has made a dream come true after being been appointed one of the two principal guest conductors at the London Philharmonia Orchestra. Hrůša, along with Santtu-Matias Rouvali from Finland, will take up their shared roles at the start of the upcoming season. They will be the first conductors to hold the post since the death of Sir Charles Mackerras in 2010.
Czech singer Věra Špinarová has died at the age of 65, it was announced on Monday. Špinarová, who broke into the big time in the late 60’s and 70’s, collapsed after a heart attack at a concert in Čáslav last Wednesday. She was taken to Prague’s Motol hospital where she died on Sunday. She began her singing career at the age of 15 and her first success came with the group Flamingo and was followed up with the group Majestic. Czech prime minister Bohuslav Sobotka said that the Czech music scene has lost one of its jewels.
Lubomír Brabec is one of the country’s most brilliant guitarists and many rank him among the best guitar plyers in the world. In a career spanning over four decades he has captivated audiences at home and abroad, and recorded around 30 CDs. Critics have high praise for his immaculate technique as well as his inventive and original approach to music. Lubomír Brabec's many recordings include works by Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, Janáček and Prokofiev, but also Spanish music and hits by McCartney. In 1997 he became the first musician in the world to perform
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