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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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StockholmBaltic Anniversary

Baltic Anniversary
Martinů, Vasks, Tüür, Bartók
Sinfonietta Rīga; Normunds Šnē; Tallinn Chamber Orchestra; Marc Bouchkov

WeimarSinfoniekonzert: Bernstein / Martinu / Brahms

Bernstein, Martinů, Brahms
Staatskapelle Weimar

BambergSeason Opening

Dvořák, Martinů, Brahms
Bamberg Symphony; Jakub Hrůša; Frank Peter Zimmermann

BambergLigeti, Martinů, Janáček

Ligeti, Martinů, Janáček
Bamberg Symphony; Jakub Hrůša; Frank Peter Zimmermann

PragueMacMillan, Robertson, Martinů, Suk, Kabeláč

MacMillan, Robertson, Martinů, Suk, Kabeláč
Jiří Rožeň; Jana Brožková; Czech Chamber Orchestra

Frankfurt am MainBamberger Symphoniker

Ligeti, Martinů, Janáček
Bamberg Symphony; Jakub Hrůša; Frank Peter Zimmermann

CopenhagenBamberger Symphoniker on tour

Dvořák, Martinů, Brahms
Bamberg Symphony; Jakub Hrůša; Frank Peter Zimmermann

PragueConcert for the 100th Anniversary of the Founding of Czechoslovakia

Traditional, Smetana, Martinů, Dvořák
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra; Semyon Bychkov; Ivo Kahánek; Michael Kroutil
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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Scottis Ballet in NY

Sophie Martin and Victor Zarallo in Bryan Arias' Motion of Displacement © Andy Ross
It was a successful program that showed off the considerable range of a talented and charming troupe.
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“More Light! More Light!”

Ludovic Morlot © Lisa-Marie Mazzucco
Ludovic Morlot and Seattle Symphony wrap up their two-year Beethoven cycle with a new perspective on the Fifth, by way of Bohuslav Martinů and a thrilling Bartók Second Piano Concerto featuring Bertrand Chamayou.
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