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Performance type Classical Concert
Running time 110-130 minutes
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Dvorak's Prague Festival 2019 at the Rudolfinum (Dvorak Hall)

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Performance Details
Dvořák's Prague Festival is a major series of concerts held annually to celebrate the life and works of Antonín Dvořák, the great Czech composer.

Performances feature pieces by Dvořák, as well as works by well-known international composers, and are performed by Czech and International orchestras.

The concerts are performed in the stunning Dvořák Hall, the main hall at the Rudolfinum.

10 September 2019 - 20:00

Chamber Series Opening

Violin: Gil Shaham
Violin: Josef Spacek
Viola: Pavel Nikl
Violoncello: Kian Soltani
Piano: Gerhard Oppitz.

Antonín Dvořák
Piano Quintet No.2 in A major, Op.81, B. 155 Johannes Brahms
Piano Quintet in F Minor, Op.34.

Great chamber music works by two close friends - that would be a possible way to characterise briefly the content of the opening concert of the Dvořák Prague Festival Chamber Music Series. The Piano quintets of Antonín Dvořák and of his great artistic model Johannes Brahms are some of the finest chamber music to have been composed during their times.

Doors close: 19:55
Running Time: 110 minutes
Dress Code: Dark Suit OR Shirt, Tie & Smart Trousers.

11 September 2019 - 20:00

Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: James Judd
Violoncello: Tomás Jamník.

Johannes Brahms
Tragic Overture, Op.81
Antonín Dvořák
Concerto for Cello and Piano in A major, B10.

This concert is carrying out our long-term plans for familiarising audiences with Dvořák’s less frequently played works within the framework of the Dvořák Collection series. The composer’s early Concerto for Cello and Piano in A major will be heard in a later orchestral arrangement by the leading expert on Dvořák’s music Jarmil Burghauser. The soloist will be the successful young Czech cellist Tomáš Jamník, who has long been proponent of incorporating this concerto into the standard solo Cello repertoire.

Doors close: 19:55
Running Time: 110 minutes
Dress Code: Dark Suit OR Shirt, Tie & Smart Trousers.

17 September 2019 - 20:00

Czech Philharmonic
Conductor: Semyon Bychkov
Cello: Gautier Capuçon.

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Serenade for Strings in C major, Op.48
Variations on a Rococo Theme in A major for Cello and Orchestra, Op.33
Symphony No.5 in E Minor, Op.64.

At this year’s Dvořák Prague Festival, the plan is to draw attention to the artistic and personal relations between Antonín Dvořák and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, and this is clearly reflected in the programming of the second Czech Philharmonic concert at the festival, featuring exclusively the music of the Russian master.

Doors close: 19:55
Running Time: 130 minutes
Dress Code: Dark Suit OR Shirt, Tie & Smart Trousers.

19 September 2019 - 19:00

The Modern Premiere - Opera in Concert

Soprano: Kateřina Knezíková
Tenor: Richard Samek
Baritone: Roman Hoza
Bass: Jozef Benci
Mezzo-soprano: Lucie Hilscherová
Tenor: Josef Moravec
Soprano: Dana Burešová
Soprano: Jana Sibera
Bass: Jan Štáva
Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Tomáš Brauner
Prague Philharmonic Choir
Choirmaster: Lukáš Vasilek.

Antonín Dvořák
King and Collier, a comic opera in three acts, 1st musical setting, B. 21.

After the world premiere of Dvořák’s first opera Alfred at the 2014 Dvořák Prague Festival, this year’s festival will present another unique event: a performance of the composer’s first musical setting of the libretto King and Collier, the original manuscript material for which has now been digitised at the initiative of the Academy of Classical Music.

Doors close: 18:55
Running Time: 110 minutes
Dress Code: Dark Suit OR Shirt, Tie & Smart Trousers.

20 September 2019 - 20:00

Piano: Boris Giltburg.

Franz Liszt
Transcendental Études, S. 139
Sergej Rachmaninov
13 Preludes, Op.32.

Boris Giltburg’s recital promises to be a special experience for the audience: the Israeli pianist of Russian origin will present himself to the festival public with a complete performance of Liszt’s Transcendental Etudes, which are among the greatest challenges for performers in the worldwide Piano literature. A similarly challenging task is the cycle of Thirteen Preludes by Serge Rachmaninoff, one of the greatest Piano virtuosos in history and a composer who succeeded in his works at giving a uniquely exhaustive demonstration of the beauty of the Piano’s sound.

Doors close: 19:55
Running Time: 130 minutes
Dress Code: Dark Suit OR Shirt, Tie & Smart Trousers.

21 September 2019 - 20:00

Czech Philharmonic
Conductor: Semyon Bychkov
Violin: Renaud Capuçon.

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D major, Op.35
Symphony No.6 in B Minor, Op.74, Pathétique.

This year’s festival is focusing on the music of Dvořák’s friend and artistic ally Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. One high point will be a concert featuring two of the composer’s greatest works.

Doors close: 19:55
Running Time: 125 minutes
Dress Code: Dark Suit OR Shirt, Tie & Smart Trousers.

22 September 2019 - 20:00

Piano: Ivo Pogorelich.

Johann Sebastian Bach
English Suite No.3 in G Minor, BWV 808
Ludwig van Beethoven
Piano Sonata No.11 in B flat major, Op.22
Fryderyk Chopin
Barcarolle in F sharp major, Op.60
Prelude in C sharp Minor, Op.45
Maurice Ravel
Gaspard de la Nuit - Piano cycle after poetry collection by Aloysius Bertrand.

The recital by the pianist Ivo Pogorelich is one of the most eagerly anticipated events of this year’s Dvořák Prague Festival. This "enfant terrible" of the world’s stages is regarded as one of today’s most original pianists, and he will be presenting his brilliant Piano technique and his individual interpretive approach to stylistically quite diverse repertoire with a programme ranging from the Baroque master Johann Sebastian Bach, the formal perfection of one of Ludwig van Beethoven’s sonatas, and the melancholy musical language of Frédéric Chopin to one of the key modern works penned by Maurice Ravel. Ivo Pogorelich’s concert promises to be an unforgettable experience.

Doors close: 19:55
Running Time: 120 minutes
Dress Code: Dark Suit OR Shirt, Tie & Smart Trousers.

23 September 2019 - 20:00

Closing Concert

Estonian National Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Neeme Jarvi
Violin: Nicola Benedetti.

Heino Eller
Dawn, Symphonic Poem
Jean Sibelius
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D Minor, Op.47
Anton Bruckner
Symphony No.4 in E flat major, WAB 104, Romantic.

To conclude this year’s Dvořák Prague Festival, we are welcoming Neeme Jarvi to the Rudolfinum. The famed Estonian conductor, the Nestor of a conducting dynasty, and his "own" Estonian National Symphony Orchestra will be introducing to the festival public less familiar music by his compatriot Heino Eller as well as a great work of Nordic provenience, the Violin Concerto in D Minor by Jean Sibelius. The Scottish violinist Nicola Benedetti, who is well known to the Czech public, will bring to the solo part the virtuosity and fervour for which she is noted. Drawing this year’s festival to a close will be the Fourth Symphony, subtitled Romantic, by Dvořák’s contemporary Anton Bruckner. Like Dvořák, Bruckner was a man of deep religious faith, and this is reflected in his musical legacy.

Doors close: 19:45
Running Time: 130 minutes
Dress Code: Black Tie or Dark Suit, Shirt & Tie.