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1943, Darien, USA © Bohuslav Martinu Centre in Policka
1943, Darien, USA
© Bohuslav Martinu Centre in Policka
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Year of birth1890
Year of death1959
NationalityCzech Republic
Period20th century
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PragueDvořák, Gemrot, Martinů, Honegger

Dvořák, Gemrot, Martinů, Honegger
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra; Jakub Hrůša; Frank Peter Zimmermann; Kateřina Kněžíková; Jan Martiník; Prague Philharmonic Choir

ViennaDvořák & Martinu

Dvořák, Martinů
Vienna Symphony Orchestra; Alan Gilbert; Stephen Hough; Barbara Rett

StockholmBlumer, Roussel, Bonis, Martinů

Blumer, Roussel, Bonis, Martinů
Blumer, Roussel, Bonis, Martinů
Andreas Alin; Bengt Forsberg; Emily Hultmark; Hermann Stefánsson

BambergMartin Fröst & Bamberger Symphoniker

Copland, Martinů, Mozart
Bamberg Symphony; Jakub Hrůša; Martin Fröst; Ivo Kahánek

StockholmSoup Concert

Soup Concert
Bach, Clarke, Martinů
Anna Stefánsson; Nadine Jurdzinski; Stefan Lindgren

SeattleBrahms, Martinů, and Beethoven

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Brahms, Martinů, Beethoven
Matthew Lipman; Andrew Armstrong; Scott St John; Sharon Wei

PragueKalabis, Dvořák, Martinů

Kalabis, Dvořák, Martinů
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra; Jakub Hrůša; Pierre-Laurent Aimard

CambridgeBritten Sinfonia: At Lunch Two (Cambridge)

Bach, Janáček, Messiaen, Finnis, Martinů
Britten Sinfonia; Emer McDonough; Thomas Gould; Caroline Dearnley; Huw Watkins
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Lords and ladies of the dance: the LPO and Orozco-Estrada

Andrés Orozco-Estrada © Martin Sigmund
Andrés Orozco-Estrada and the LPO offer an eclectic and unusual mix of works which, despite commendable playing, never quite added up to a satisfying whole.
****1
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A celebration of Czech musical defiance from the LPO

Borodin Quartet © Simon Van Boxtel
In a typically ambitious programme, Vladimir Jurowski and the London Philharmonic Orchestra explored how four Czech composers responded to imprisonment, exile and renewal.
****1
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A masterclass in chamber playing at Suntory Hall

Tatsuki Narita, Mami Hagiwara and Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi © Suntory Hall
Intergenerational ensemble-making was the key feature of the opening concert of Suntory Hall's Chamber Music Garden festival, produced by eminent cellist and the hall's President Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi.
****1
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Gerhardt stars in Martinů cello concerto with Belgrade Philharmonic

Alban Gerhardt © Kaupo Kikkas
Alban Gerhardt in Martinů’s Cello Concerto no. 1 was a dazzling achievement in the Belgrade Philharmonic’s concert under Uroš Lajovic, along with atmospheric Sibelius and polished Tchaikovsky.
****1
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Ticciati revisits former glories with his SCO team

Robin Ticciati © Giorgia Bertazzi
Is there any instrument more bittersweet than the viola? The violin does the acrobatics, the cello is more conventionally beautiful, but the viola sits in the middle of the orchestral palette like no other instrument. Neither high nor low, it’s perfectly placed to embody the contradictory and the conflicted, ideal for a sense of desire denied or of fulfilment deferred.
****1
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Top notch musicianship from the Schubert Ensemble

Schubert Ensemble © John Clark
Top notch musicianship from the Schubert Ensemble in their final appearance at King’s Place. 
*****
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A native son returns triumphant to Prague

Tomáš Netopil © Divisek
Conductor Tomáš Netopil combines the best of two worlds at the Dvořákʼs Prague festival.
****1
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Raising Czech music to celestial Bohemian heights

Jakub Hrůša © V. Krsul
The effervescent conductor took six little-known Czech works into another ether: one in which the footprints are invisible.
*****
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