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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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StockholmLindgren, Martinů, Poulenc, Britten

Lindgren, Martinů, Poulenc, Britten
Lindgren, Martinů, Poulenc, Britten
Ensemble Misto

LondonEnglish Symphony Orchestra

© Satoru Mitsuta
Martinů, Mozart, Kaprálová, Dvořák
English Symphony Orchestra; Kenneth Woods; Noriko Ogawa

New York CityMartinů’s Concerto for Two Pianos

Martinů, Strauss R.
New York Philharmonic Orchestra; Semyon Bychkov; Katia Labèque; Marielle Labèque

StockholmMartinu and Smyth

Martinu and Smyth
Martinů, Smyth
Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra; Sakari Oramo; Paulina Pfeiffer; Catriona Morison; Michael Weinius; Tuomas Pursio

ClevelandSmetana's Má vlast

Glanert, Martinů, Smetana
The Cleveland Orchestra; Semyon Bychkov; Katia Labèque; Marielle Labèque

LondonCzech Roots: Hadland

Martinů, Vorísek, Janáček, Smetana
Christian Ihle Hadland, Piano

SingaporeSSO Chamber series: Temptation of the Saintly Pot

SSO Chamber series: Temptation of the Saintly Pot
Martinů, Françaix, Farrenc
Members of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra

RotterdamDvořák's Eighth

Dvořák, Martinů
Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra; Manfred Honeck; Frank Peter Zimmermann
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In Prague, an orchestra in transition

Jakub Hrůša, Frank Peter Zimmermann and the Czech Philharmonic © Petra Hajská
After blazing new trails abroad, the Czech Philhamonic keeps its hometown fans happy with a rousing return to form.
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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.
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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.
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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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