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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

c.3.15pm
Bach: Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen, BWV 12
Monteverdi Choir
English Baroque Soloists
John Eliot Gardiner , conductor
Recorded at Dvořák Hall, Rudolfinum

c.3.40pm
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
Smetana Trio:
Jitka Cechova , piano
Radim Kresta , violin
Jan Páleníček , cello
Recorded at the Convent of St Agnes of Bohemia, Prague

3 hours

Music Played

  • Antonín Dvořák

    Svatebni kosile [The spectre's bride] - dramatic cantata Op.69

    Singer: Eva Hornyáková. Singer: Richard Samek. Singer: Adam Plachetka. Choir: Pražský filharmonický sbor. Conductor: Lukáš Vasilek. Orchestra: Symfonický orchestr Českého rozhlasu. Conductor: Christian Arming.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Cantata no. 12 BWV.12 (Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen)

    Choir: Monteverdi Choir. Orchestra: English Baroque Soloists. Conductor: Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
  • Alexander von Zemlinsky

    Trio in D minor Op.3 for clarinet (or viola), cello and piano

    Ensemble: Smetanovo trio.
  • Leonard Bernstein

    Suite from 'West Side Story', for piano trio

    Ensemble: Smetanovo trio.
  • Bedrich Smetana

    Trio in G minor Op.15 for piano and strings

    Ensemble: Smetanovo trio.
  • Edvard Grieg

    Waltz, Op 12 No 2 (Lyric Pieces)

    Performer: Leif Ove Andsnes.
    • EMI.

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