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Velvet Revolution Concerts

Rudolfinum: Dvořák HallAlšovo nábřeží 12, Prague, Central Bohemian Region, Praha 1, République tchèque
Dates/horaires selon le fuseau horaire de Prague
mercredi 16 novembre 202219:30
jeudi 17 novembre 202219:30

As students, we did not have many chances to learn the French repertoire. Mostly Russian was taught at schools, and teachers were intimidated by the stylistic shading of French music. I, however, have always felt a natural affinity for French music. Even at the piano I chose either Bach or French music, and mainly Debussy and Ravel. Then I spent time living in a French environment, where my musical comprehension tied in with daily practice. At the concert, besides Ravel’s Greek Songs, I will be singing Bartók’s Hungarian Songs, which are a real rarity that my husband discovered, and are seldom heard in concert. Bartók himself orchestrated the whole cycle. With just a few exceptions, the songs tend to be serious and dark. They are terribly interesting and rich harmonically. This will be a linguistic challenge for me because I will be singing in Hungarian for the first time in my life.

Magdalena Kožená

It isn’t often that I fall in love with an orchestra, and most of my relationships with orchestras date back quite a while. But when I conducted the Czech Philharmonic for the first time, the kind of music I would like to hear the orchestra play occurred to me immediately. It has been able to preserve its own typical sound, which is perfectly suited to Mahler. One of my old mentors was Berthold Goldschmidt, who conducted the British première of Mahler’s Third Symphony, among other things. Of the many wonderful things he told me about Mahler’s Ninth, one thing really stuck with me: “Remember that Mahler put everything he hated about Austria into the first scherzo and everything he hated about Vienna into the second one. If you have that in mind, you’ll never be far off the mark.”

Simon Rattle

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