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Mo 8 10:00 International Music Competition - round 1, harpsichord category Tu 9 10:00 International Music Competition - round 1, violin category Th 11 09:00 International Music Competition - round 2, harpsichord category 20:00 Informal Festival Prelude ATTENTION PLEASE Fr 12 10:00 Tribute to Bedřich Smetana 10:00 International Music Competition - round 2, violin category 17:00 Open air broadcast of the opening concert 20:00 Opening Concert: Daniel Barenboim & Wiener Philharmoniker Sa 13 11:00 Morning Concert I Marek Švejkar & Lenka Korbelová 16:00 Prague Spring International Music Competition, finals, harpsichord category (part 1) 20:00 Prague Spring International Music Competition, finals, harpsichord category (part 2) 20:00 Daniel Barenboim & Wiener Philharmoniker Su 14 16:00 Prague Spring International Music Competition, finals, violin category (part 1) 20:00 Prague Spring International Music Competition, finals, violin category (part 2) 20:00 Rocío Márquez Mo 15 20:00 Ensemble Inégal 20:00 Quasars Ensemble Tu 16 20:00 Diana Damrau We 17 20:00 La Compagnia del Madrigale Th 18 19:00 Krakatit 19:00 Laco Déczi & Celula New York 20:00 Česká filharmonie, Kristjan Järvi & Lukáš Vondráček Fr 19 18:00 Pavel Kohout 20:00 Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Peter Oundjian & Maxim Vengerov Sa 20 11:00 Morning Concert I Michal Šupák 20:00 Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Peter Oundjian & Jan Lisiecki Su 21 20:00 Jinhyung Park Mo 22 20:00 Česká filharmonie, Jiří Bělohlávek, Jiří Vodička, Jakub Fišer & Kostas Smoriginas 20:00 EntreQuatre & Epoque Quartet Tu 23 20:00 Shanghai Dance Theatre 21:30 Nocturno I Alexander Lonquich We 24 20:00 Filharmonie Brno & Dennis Russell Davies Th 25 20:00 Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment & WIlliam Christie Fr 26 20:00 Symfonický orchestr hl. m. Prahy, Łukasz Borowicz & Huw Morgan 20:00 Alexander Lonquich, Vilde Frang & Nicolas Altstaedt Sa 27 11:00 Morning Concert III Boris Prýgl & Jana Nagy-Juhász 14:00 Lobkowicz Trio 17:00 David Oistrach Quartet 20:00 Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt & Jan Simon Su 28 10:30 Suk's Křečovice 11:00 Prague Philharmonia Wind Quintet 14:00 Dvořák Piano Quartet 17:00 Martinů Quartet 20:00 Concerto Zapico Mo 29 20:00 Musico-technical Inventions 20:00 Sacconi Quartet & Wihan Quartet Tu 30 20:00 Prague Spring Debut,
Baborák/Mráček/
Heyward
20:00 Forma Antiqva
We 31 20:00 Orchestre de Paris, Thomas Hengelbrock & Kate Lindsey 21:30 Nocturne II Tomáš Jamník & Frode Haltli Th 1 20:00 Berg Orchestra, Skety & Peter Vrábel 20:00 Camerata Salzburg & Alexander Lonquich Fr 2 20:00 Closing Concert: Krzysztof Penderecki & Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra
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Nocturne II Tomáš Jamník & Frode Haltli 31/5, Wednesday 21:30
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Prague Spring Debut,
Baborák/Mráček/
Heyward 30/5, Tuesday 20:00
31. 5. / We / 20.00
Orchestre de Paris, Thomas Hengelbrock & Kate Lindsey
buy tickets venue Municipal House - Smetana Hall price 400 - 3700 CZK end of the concert 22.00

Programme

  • Maurice Ravel: Daphnis et Chloé, Suite No. 2
  • Joseph Canteloube: Chants d’Auvergne (selection)
  • Modest Petrovich Musorgsky / Maurice Ravel: Pictures at an Exhibition

 

The programme of the concert of the Orchestre de Paris revolves around the French composer Maurice Ravel (1875–1937). Dafnis et Chloé, the dramatic, pastoral love story about a goatherd and a shepherdess who are assisted in finding happiness by the mythological god Pan, received its premiere in ballet form in 1912. The famous Russian impresario Sergei Diaghilev commissioned the work from Ravel. Diaghilev is especially remembered in music history in connection with the scandalous premiere of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring (which did not occur until the following year). Ravel wanted the music of Dafnis et Chloé to have a life of its own beyond the confines of the theatre. Thanks to the suite that he assembled from the ballet, we can also be enchanted in the concert hall by his inventive orchestration and his radiantly colorful harmonies.

Introducing herself in a selection from Canteloube’s famed Chants d’ Auvergne will be the American mezzo soprano Kate Lindsey, who is known to the public at large mainly for the live broadcasts of performances of the Metropolitan Opera in New York. Joseph Canteloube (1879–1957) was a French composer, musicologist, and leading expert on French folklore. In this five-part collection, which he worked on from 1923 to 1930, he drew on his vast experience as a collector of folk songs, an activity to which he had devoted his entire life. The songs are surprising for the richness of their instrumentation and their unusual harmonies, through which the composer wished to give a vivid depiction of the outdoor atmosphere. One interesting aspect of the work is that Canteloube recorded the songs in the Occitan dialect (langue d’oc).

The evening will conclude with well-known Pictures at an Exhibition by Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky (1839–1881), originally a set of piano pieces that were ingeniously orchestrated by Maurice Ravel. Mussorgsky was inspired to compose the music by the experiencing of visiting a retrospective exhibition of the work of his friend Viktor Alexandrovich Hartmann. Ten miniatures – the individual pictures – are connected by the motif of the Promenades. The concert will be played under the baton of the magnificent conductor Thomas Hengelbrock, who received acclaim for his performance at the opening concert of the Prague Spring festival in 2015.

“No matter what genre she was singing, her interpretations managed to appear both well thought out and spontaneous…” (Washington Post)

The American mezzo-soprano Kate Lindsey is a graduate of Indiana University and of the three-year Lindemann Young Artist Development Program of the Metropolitan Opera, in which she made her debut in 2005 as Javotte (Manon). Angelina (La Cenerentola), Cherubino (Le nozze di Figaro), and Sesto (La Clemenza di Tito) are just a few of the roles that she has sung on the world’s leading stages (Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Bayerische Staatsoper, Los Angeles Opera). As a sought-after concert artist, she has made appearances with the New York Philharmonic, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Royal Concertgebouw, and many other ensembles.

Hengelbrock conducted in a noble, elegant manner – it was a pleasure to listen to the different colorful worlds of sound that he elicited from the orchestra. (Regionews.at)

The German conductor Thomas Hengelbrock got his start as an assistant to Antal Dorati, Witold Lutoslavski, and Mauricio Kagel, who shaped his interest in contemporary music at the very beginning of his career. The current principal conductor of the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra, director of the Balthasar–Neumann-Ensembles, and “Chef associé” of the Orchestre de Paris makes regular guest appearances with leading European orchestras (Vienna Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam) and collaborates with famed singers (Plácido Domingo, Cecilia Bartoli, Anna Netrebko). He is an acknowledged expert in the field of authentic interpretation of early music.

The European tour of the Orchestre de Paris in 2017 will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of its founding. The legendary conductor Charles Munch was behind the orchestra’s establishment in 1967. Among the conductors at the orchestra’s helm have been such figures as Herbert von Karajan, Sir Georg Solti, Daniel Barenboim, and Semyon Bychkov. It was the latter two who conducted the orchestra at its concerts at Prague Spring in 1986 and 1998. Daniel Harding has been appointed as the principal conductor during the current season, replacing Paavo Järvi. From 2010 to 2016, the orchestra was led under Järvi’s leadership, and January 2015 saw the grand opening of a modern concert hall called the Philharmonie de Paris by the architect Jean Nouvel, which has become the home stage for the Orchestre de Paris. Over a hundred concerts a year will take place there.


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