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Prague Spring Festival

The opening concert of the 2018 Prague Spring Festival: the Czech Philharmonic performs Ma Vlast, which has opened every festival since 1952. Presented by Fiona Talkington.

Opening concert of the 2018 Prague Spring International Music Festival: the Czech Philharmonic performs Ma Vlast which has opened the Festival every year since 1952 on 12th May, the anniversary of Smetana's death. The concert was dedicated to the memory of Jiří Bělohlávek, long-time President of the Festival.
After the opening concert we'll hear the first of four Bach motets this week, performed by the Monteverdi Choir & English Baroque Soloists under John Eliot Gardiner plus Julian Rachlin joins the Prague Symphony Orchestra to play Mendelssohn's perennially popular violin concerto, and Katarina Karnéus sings Wagner's sumptuous Wesendonck Lieder which set five poems by Mathilde Wesendonck with whom the composer had fallen in love.
Presented by Fiona Talkington.

Smetana: Má vlast
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Tomás Netopil , conductor
Opening concert of the 2018 Prague Spring Festival, recorded at Smetana Hall

c.3.15pm
Bach: Wachet! Betet! Betet! Wachet!, BWV 70
Monteverdi Choir
English Baroque Soloists
John Eliot Gardiner , conductor
Recorded at Dvořák Hall, Rudolfinum

c.3.40pm
Schoenberg: A Survivor from Warsaw, op. 46
Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto in E minor, op. 64
Ysaÿe: Sonata for Solo Violin No. 3 in D minor, op. 27 ('Ballade')
Julian Rachlin , violin
Prague Symphony Orchestra
Tomáš Brauner , conductor
Recorded at Smetana Hall

c.4.25pm
Wagner: Wesendonck Lieder, WWV 91
Katarina Karnéus , mezzo-soprano
Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra
Marko Ivanović , conductor
Recorded at Smetana Hall

3 hours

Music Played

  • Bedrich Smetana

    Ma vlast [My country] - cycle of symphonic poems

    Orchestra: Czech Philharmonic. Conductor: Tomáš Netopil.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Cantata no. 70 BWV.70 (Wachet, betet, seid bereit allezeit)

    Choir: Monteverdi Choir. Orchestra: English Baroque Soloists. Conductor: Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
  • Arnold Schoenberg

    A Survivor from Warsaw Op.46

    Orchestra: Prague Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Tomáš Brauner.
  • Felix Mendelssohn

    Concerto in E minor Op.64 for violin and orchestra

    Performer: Julian Rachlin. Orchestra: Prague Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Tomáš Brauner.
  • Eugène Ysaÿe

    Sonata no. 3 in D minor Op.27`3 (Ballade) for violin solo

    Performer: Julian Rachlin.
  • Richard Wagner

    Wesendonck-Lieder

    Singer: Katarina Karnéus. Orchestra: Symfonický orchestr Českého rozhlasu. Conductor: Marko Ivanovic.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    Rondo in G minor, Op.94

    Performer: Steven Isserlis. Performer: Stephen Hough.
    • HYPERION.

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