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Dana Burešová (Libuše) © Jakub Gulyás
Prague

A cultural touchstone takes centre-stage at Prague's National Theatre

By , 14 September 2018
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Pavel Kolesnikov © Eva Vermandel
London

Magnificent Pavel Kolesnikov outshines the Czech National Symphony Orchestra

By , 16 April 2018
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Louis Lortie © Elias
Manchester

Unpolished gems: Saint-Saëns, Smetana, Sinfonietta and Chasse royale

By , 12 January 2018
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Jakub Hrůša © V. Krsul
London

Prom 56: Jakub Hrůša raises Czech music to celestial Bohemian heights

By , 26 August 2017
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© Pinchas Steinberg
Tokyo

Pinchas Steinberg brings Bohemia’s woods and fields to the heart of Tokyo

By , 13 May 2017
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The Vienna Philharmonic plays Má vlast © Ivan Malý
Prague

A crashing disappointment to open Prague Spring

By , 12 May 2017
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Santtu-Mathias Rouvali © Kaapo Kamu
London

Geographical and astrological surveys from the Philharmonia

By , 23 April 2017
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Sergey Khachatryan © Marco Borggreve
Washington

Water-themed music presents rich diversity

By , 20 April 2017
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Stephen Hough, Elim Chan and the Hong Kong Philharmonic © Cheung Wai Lok | HK Phil
Hong Kong

Pride and joy with Elim Chan and the Hong Kong Phil

By , 01 April 2017
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Ray Chen © Sophie Zhai
New York City

Dawning of the Raybaes: Eschenbach, Bamberg and Ray Chen at Carnegie Hall

By , 08 February 2017
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Gautier Capuçon © Gregory Batardon
San Francisco

A walk through Bohemia with Gautier Capuçon and the PKF Prague Philharmonia in San Francisco

By , 29 January 2017
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Franz Welser-Möst © Roger Mastroianni
Chicago

Pure gold from the Clevelanders and Welser-Möst in Chicago

By , 21 January 2017
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Edward Gardner © Benjamin Ealovega
London

Extreme sports: Gardner leads the BBCSO in a thrilling Central European expedition

By , 07 January 2017
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Giselle Allen © Hazard Chase
Belfast

A sweepingly romantic evening with the Ulster Orchestra

By , 25 November 2016
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Libor Pešek © IMG Artists
London

Stately Dvořák and Smetana from Libor Pešek and the Czech National Symphony Orchestra

By , 09 November 2016
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Jakub Hrůša © Pavel Hejný
Boston

Blood, guts and a little bit of danger: Jakub Hrůša’s auspicious debut with the Boston Symphony

By , 14 October 2016
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Juanjo Mena © Sussie Ahlburg
Manchester

Juanjo Mena conducts a Bohemian programme in Manchester

By , 28 February 2016
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Iván Fischer © Budapest Festival Orchestra
Vienna

Schiff, Fischer and the Budapest Festival Orchestra delight and inspire at the Konzerthaus

By , 10 December 2015
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Nikolaj Znaider © Lars Gundersen
Montreal

OSM in gripping and intense performance of Dvořák’s Seventh

By , 02 December 2015
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Jakub Hrůša © Pavel Hejný
Amsterdam

Jakub Hrůša's striking debut with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

By , 29 November 2015
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Christoph von Dohnányi © Fotostudio Heinrich
Cleveland

A concerto for two violas marks Christoph von Dohnányi's return to Cleveland

By , 19 November 2015
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Jiří Bělohlávek © Lloyd Smith
Pittsburgh

From Prague to Pittsburgh: Bělohlávek leads a triumphant Má vlast

By , 13 November 2015
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Anthony Marwood © Pia Johnson
Sydney

My Country, My Life: Czech repertoire and a Mackey concerto from the Sydney Symphony

By , 03 June 2015
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Joshua Bell © Eric Kabik
London

A fiery farewell from Joshua Bell and friends at Wigmore Hall

By , 23 May 2015
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Dana Burešová (Milada) and Alžběta Poláčková (Jitka) © Mark Allan | BBC
London

The Czech Fidelio: Bělohlávek leads a fine account of Smetana’s Dalibor

By , 02 May 2015
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© David Karlin
Budapest

China goes to the movies: The Dream of the Red Chamber at the Budapest Spring Festival

By , 25 April 2015
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Jos van Immerseel © Alex Vanhee
Bruges

The Czech masters as you've never heard them: Jos van Immerseel and Anima Eterna Brugge

By , 13 March 2015
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The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment © Richard Haughton
London

Unexpected insights and fresh perspectives from the OAE, Fischer and Mullova

By , 04 March 2015
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Viktoria Mullova © Alessandro Marcotulli
Basingstoke

Fischer and Mullova join the OAE for a thrilling evening of Romantic giants

By , 26 February 2015
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Kate Valentine (Mařenka) © Robert Workman
Leeds

Opera North's sunny and life-affirming Bartered Bride

By , 29 October 2014
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Jiří Bělohlávek © Martin Kabát
Milan

Czech Phil provide Bohemian flair at MITO Milan

By , 17 September 2014
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Chloë Hanslip © Benjamin Ealovega
Cardiff

A Slavic Centrefold to the Welsh Proms

By , 23 July 2014
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Steven Isserlis © Satoshi Aoyagi
Istanbul

Steven Isserlis' passionate and improvisatory reading of Dvořák in Istanbul

By , 04 June 2014
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Jerusalem Quartet © Felix Broede
Madrid

Jerusalem Quartet Plays the Stradivari of the Royal Palace of Madrid

By , 31 May 2014
*****
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Sitkovetsky Trio © Ivy Artists
Sydney

Passionate renditions of Smetana, Vine and Tchaikovsky from the Sitkovetksy Trio

By , 31 March 2014
****1
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Yannick Nézet-Séguin © Chris Lee
New York City

Philadelphia Orchestra and Radu Lupu at Carnegie Hall

By , 03 February 2014
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Joekyung Yoo and Yoon-Jee Kim © Miguel Bueno
Gstaad

Piano duo Yoo and Kim at Gstaad

By , 02 February 2014
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Jiří Bělohlávek with the Czech Philharmonic  ©  Martin Kovář
Birmingham

The Czech Philharmonic thrill a packed house at Symphony Hall, Birmingham

By , 12 April 2013
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©  Volksoper
Vienna

The Bartered Bride at the Volksoper doesn't make for a great deal

By , 13 March 2013
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The Sitkovetsky Trio
Bristol

The Sitkovetsky Piano Trio play Brahms and Smetana at St George's Bristol

By , 27 January 2013
****1
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Kent Nagano  ©  Ben Ealovega
Montreal

Experimental programming: 100 metronomes at the Maison Symphonique

By , 20 November 2012
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Igor Tchetuev
Bristol

Tchetuev, Förster and the Prague Symphony Orchestra at Colston Hall, Bristol

By , 14 November 2012
****1
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Anna Leese and Peter Wedd  ©  Neil Mackenzie
Auckland

New Zealand Opera's Bartered Bride: A Czech classic in English

By , 25 September 2012
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Matthew Stiff (Kecal), Katherine Crompton (Marenka) and Matthew Wright (Krusina)  ©  Clive Barda / ArenaPAL
London

British Youth Opera 25th anniversary season: The Bartered Bride

By , 08 September 2012
***11
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Cleveland Orchestra  ©  Roger Mastroianni
Edinburgh

Cleveland Orchestra 02 - Smetana, Lutosławski and Shostakovich

By , 22 August 2012
****1
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©  Roger Mastroianni
Edinburgh

Cleveland Orchestra 01 - Lutosławski & Smetana

By , 21 August 2012
****1
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Jiří Bělohlávek conducting the BBC SO in Prom 8 of 2011  ©  BBC / Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 15: A Slavic feast from Bělohlávek and the BBC Symphony Orchestra

By , 25 July 2012
***11
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John Gibbons
London

A UK Première of a Bruckner 9 Completion from Ealing Symphony Orchestra

By , 12 May 2012
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London

Stocken's Archangels fly over Woodford; Icknield Ensemble delight with Dvorak Quintet

By , 05 November 2011
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©  BBC / Chris Christodoulou
London

Two Czech Masterpieces

By , 20 July 2011
****1
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