Czech Music

1. THE GENIUS OF BOHUSLAV MARTINÜ

Encountering Oneself in Life Through Art What is this?

Claude Debussy (1862- 1918)
L’isle joyeuse (Orch. by Bernardino Molinari) (1904)

Enrique Granados (1867- 1916)
Goyescas, Op. 11: Intermezzo (1911)

Bohuslav Martinü (1890-1959)
Fresky Piera della Franceska (Frescoes of Piero della Francesca) (1953)

1. Andante poco moderato
2. Adagio
3. Poco allegro

INTERVAL

Bohuslav Martinü (1890-1959)
Symphony No. 6 (Fantaisies symphoniques) (1953)

2. JOSEF SUK – THE FORGOTTEN MASTER

‘Enough! Withdraw your hand…’ What is this?

Josef Suk (1874- 1935)
Pohadka (Fairy Tale), Op. 16 (rev. 1912)

I. O vernem milovani Raduze a Mahuleny a jejich strastech (About the constant love of Raduz and Mahulena and their trials)
II. Intermezzo: Hra na labute a pavy (Playing at swans and peacocks)
III. Intermezzo: Smutecni hudba (Funeral music)
IV. Runy kletba a jak byla laskou zrusena (Runa’s curse and how it was broken by true love)

INTERVAL

Josef Suk
ASRAEL, Symfonie pro velký orchestr (C moll), Op. 27 (1905-06)

Andante sostenuto
Andante
Vivace
Adagio
Adagio e maestoso
Indisputably one of the greatest, yet remaining entirely and undeservedly little-played symphony of the early twentieth-Century.  It is one of the most heart wrenching works in the repertoire, with some of the most non-overtly sublime melodies one could ever hear in an orchestral work.  A piece that I adore and was fortunate to have taught to me by the late maestri: Sir Charles Mackerras and Otakar Trhlík. There are two superlative recordings of this work – one by Václav Talich, and a live performance captured in Sir Charles’s last concert with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra (both on Supraphon).  I warmly recommend that this piece be studied in minute detail.  The effort will transorm your understanding of Czech music in the post-Dvorák period.

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1ros A concert with one rosette is an excellent program for engaging new audiences.

2ros Two rosette programs present either works of lesser-known composers whose works I particularly admire; or pieces that have been unjustly neglected over the years, and which should be performed more regularly.

3ros Three rosette programs are a deeply considered exploration of a composer, or works composed in response to, or contemporaneous with, significant moments in history.

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