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Czech Philharmonic, Tomáš Netopil, Christian Teztlaff

Rudolfinum: Dvořák HallAlšovo nábřeží 12, Prague, Central Bohemian Region, Praha 1, Tschechien
Datum/Zeit in Prague Zeitzone
Freitag 10 September 202120:00

“I need not give an account of myself to anyone. Only to my own conscience and to our noble lady music,” the composer Josef Suk once said. His Fantasy in G minor for violin and orchestra will be on the first programme of the Czech Philharmonic at this year’s event. The Dvořák Prague Festival is presenting the music of Dvořák’s son-in-law with growing frequency, and this work for violin and orchestra shows Suk as a dramatic composer of music full of surprising turns and inner turmoil.

A very rarely played work by Suk’s and Dvořák’s contemporary Zdeněk Fibich has not appeared previously on our festival programmes, so we are repaying this debt with a performance of the overture to his opera The Tempest. This adds yet another piece to the mosaic of Czech music of the latter half of the nineteenth century and the first decade of the twentieth. The performance of the Symphony No. 2 in E minor by Suk’s contemporary Sergei Rachmaninoff on the second half of the concert highlights the fact that the two Czech composers deserve to rank as equals to the greatest of history’s musicians. The concert has been entrusted to Tomáš Netopil, a regular guest conductor of the Czech Philharmonic who is also a welcome guest at the Dvořák Prague Festival. The violinist Christian Tetzlaff, the soloist in Suk’s Fantasy, returns to the Dvořák Prague Festival after having appeared with the pianist Ivo Kahánek in 2015. He is also a laureate of the competition Concertino Praga, which he won at the beginning of his successful career.

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