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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,
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
Krakatit 18/5, Thursday 19:00
/Diana Damrau © Jürgen Frank
Diana Damrau 16/5, Tuesday 20:00
17. 5. / We / 20.00
La Compagnia del Madrigale
tickets sold out venue Church of St Simon and St Jude price 350 - 500 CZK end of the concert 21.50


  • Lacrime d’amante: a selection of madrigals by Claudio Monteverdi



The goal of all good music is to touch the soul.” (Monteverdi)

The Italian composer Claudio Monteverdi (1567–1643) is unquestionably the most important figure in music history from the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. A native of Cremona, Italy, his life and works are firmly associated with Saint Mark’s Basilica in Venice, and his vast oeuvre encompassed all of the chief musical genres of his time. It was in his madrigals that he was able to combine ingeniously the art of the High Renaissance masters with the new aesthetic of Baroque music, thereby creating a highly personal, innovative musical language.

In all, he wrote nine books of madrigals. The first four are dated to the years 1587–1603, and Monteverdi conceived them rather traditionally. The breakthrough came with his Book Five (1605), in which the composer takes a completely new approach to the text, the content of which is colorfully depicted using musical means. In Book Six (1614) we find a musical setting of Petrarch’s text Zefiro torna (The West Wind Returns) and especially the madrigal version of the famed Lamento d’Arianna (Ariadne’s Lament), which may be the most famous of all of Monteverdi’s madrigals. He based it on the aria with the same name from his opera L’Arianna (1608), which became so popular in its day that the composer decided six years later to recast it into a cycle of four madrigals. The best known of them is Lasciatemi morire (Let Me Die), which will be on the programme of the concert appearance by the ensemble La Compagnia del Madrigale. They will also be presenting other famous numbers from the first six books of madrigals by Monteverdi.

The ensemble is among the top in its field, and it will offer an evening full of captivating music, which still speaks to listeners across generations even after more than four centuries.

 “Their sound is beautifully focused with just enough expression to make the best of the music. […] What is also clear is that they are all fully inside Monteverdi’s style and his music.” (Gramophone) 

Since its founding in 2008, the Italian ensemble La Compagnia del Madrigale has earned a place among the leading performers of madrigals. A critic for Gramophone Magazine was unsparing with praise: “They are a superb ensemble with the wonderful Rossana Bertini as first soprano and with the tenor Giussepe Maletto. Their sound is beautifully focused, with just enough expression to make the best of the music without exaggerating anything.” Their repertoire includes works by important madrigal composers, with Claudio Monteverde, Carlo Gesualdo, and John Taverner at the forefront. As part of its concert activities, the ensemble makes regular appearances at leading early music festivals (MiTo, Unione Musicale Torino) and at important concert halls – this season they will be performing at London’s famed Wigmore Hall. Their recordings have repeatedly won the prestigious Diapason d’Or, and in 2014, an album also earned the title of Gramophone Magazine’s Album of the Year.


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