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Guide to the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra

« The players of the Czech Philharmonic displayed a supreme flexibility that, when combined with their utter musical commitment, produced an ever-present nascent energy »
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Semyon Bychkov © Marco Borggreve
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The daddy of the Czech Philharmonic: Semyon Bychkov

The orchestra's new Chief Conductor talks about identity, Czechness, Tchaikovsky, Mahler, new music and why musicians must emulate the tiki-taka football of Barcelona.
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TaipeiSmetana, Tchaikovsky

Smetana, Tchaikovsky
Czech Philharmonic; Semyon Bychkov; Daishin Kashimoto

NagoyaSmetana, Tchaikovsky

Smetana, Tchaikovsky
Czech Philharmonic; Semyon Bychkov

YokohamaSmetana, Tchaikovsky

Smetana, Tchaikovsky
Czech Philharmonic; Semyon Bychkov

TokyoSemyon Bychkov conducts Czech Philharmonic Orchestra

Smetana, Tchaikovsky
Czech Philharmonic; Semyon Bychkov; Daishin Kashimoto

TokyoSmetana, Tchaikovsky, Dvořák

Smetana, Tchaikovsky, Dvořák
Czech Philharmonic; Semyon Bychkov; Daishin Kashimoto
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Searing Shostakovich from Bychkov and the Czech Phil

Semyon Bychkov conducts the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
Semyon Bychkov produces a gripping and soul-searching Shostakovich Eighth while soprano Elena Stikhina makes an impressive UK debut in Tchaikovsky.
*****
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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.
****1
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Bychkov and the Czech Phil explore the limits of Mahler 2

Semyon Bychkov conducts the Czech Philharmonic © Stefan Cohen
Semyon Bychkov and the Czech Philharmonic's performance of Mahler's “Resurrection” Symphony properly revealed the tensions between intensity and stillness, resistance and fragility. 
***11
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A fresh start for the Czech Philharmonic

Semyon Bychkov conducts the Czech Philharmonic © Petr Kadlec
Mahler's Resurrection Symphony provides both a thrilling opener and apt metaphor for the orchestra's new era under Chief Conductor Semyon Bychkov.
****1
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At Prague Spring, a light tribute to a heavyweight

Keith Lockhart conducts the Czech Philharmonic © Prague Spring | Petra Hajská
The Czech Philharmonic goes pops for a night to honor the life and legacy of Leonard Bernstein.
***11
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