Prague Spring Festival
Dvorak's dramatic cantata The Spectre's Bride, a Bach chorale and the premiere of the suite from West Side Story arranged for piano trio, performed at the Prague Spring Festival.
Dvořák's dramatic cantata The Spectre's Bride, a Bach Chorale & the premiere of the suite from West Side Story arranged for piano trio, all performed at the Prague Spring Festival.
The Spectre's Bride was commissioned for the 1885 Birmingham festival but first tried out in the Bohemian city of Pilsen a few months earlier. Based on a poem by Karel Jaromír Erben, about a young girl who is abducted by a ghost she believes to be the spirit of her lover, it is a wonderful example of Dvořák's ability to combine folkloric qualities with brilliant compositional technique – with the added bonus of a solid morality tale. Later in the afternoon we'll hear a concert by the Smetana Trio featuring music by Zemlinsky, Smetana and an arrangement of some very familiar Bernstein.
Dvořák: The Spectre's Bride, op. 69
Eva Hornyáková , soprano
Richard Samek , tenor
Adam Plachetka , bass-baritone
Prague Philharmonic Choir
Lukáš Vasilek , choirmaster
Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra
Christian Arming , conductor
Recorded at Smetana Hall
Bach: Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen, BWV 12
English Baroque Soloists
John Eliot Gardiner , conductor
Recorded at Dvořák Hall, Rudolfinum
Zemlinsky: Piano Trio in D minor, op. 3
Bernstein: Suite from 'West Side Story', for piano trio (Premiere)
Smetana: Piano Trio in G minor, op. 15
Jitka Cechova , piano
Radim Kresta , violin
Jan Páleníček , cello
Recorded at the Convent of St Agnes of Bohemia, Prague