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Mo 8 09:00 International Music Competition - round 1, harpsichord category Tu 9 09:00 International Music Competition - round 1, violin category Th 11 09:00 International Music Competition - round 2, harpsichord category 20:00 Informal Festival Prelude ATTENTION PLEASE Fr 12 09:00 International Music Competition - round 2, violin category 10:00 Tribute to Bedřich Smetana 16:00 Open air broadcast of the opening concert 20:00 Opening Concert: Daniel Barenboim & Wiener Philharmoniker Sa 13 11:00 Morning Concert I Marek Švejkar & Lenka Korbelová 14:00 A Musical Walk Through Prague 16:00 Prague Spring International Music Competition, finals, harpsichord category (part 1) 20:00 Daniel Barenboim & Wiener Philharmoniker 20:00 Prague Spring International Music Competition, finals, harpsichord category (part 2) Su 14 10:00 The Best of Prague Spring Festivals 16:00 Prague Spring International Music Competition, finals, violin category (part 1) 20:00 Prague Spring International Music Competition, finals, violin category (part 2) 20:00 Rocío Márquez Mo 15 20:00 Ensemble Inégal 20:00 Quasars Ensemble Tu 16 20:00 Diana Damrau We 17 20:00 La Compagnia del Madrigale Th 18 10:00 A day with the Czech Radio station Vltava 19:00 Laco Déczi & Celula New York 19:00 Krakatit 20:00 Česká filharmonie, Kristjan Järvi & Lukáš Vondráček Fr 19 18:00 Pavel Kohout 20:00 Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Peter Oundjian & Maxim Vengerov Sa 20 11:00 Morning Concert I Michal Šupák 14:00 A Musical Walk Through Prague 20:00 Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Peter Oundjian & Jan Lisiecki Su 21 20:00 Jinhyung Park Mo 22 20:00 Česká filharmonie, Jiří Bělohlávek - ATTENTION PLEASE 20:00 EntreQuatre & Epoque Quartet Tu 23 20:00 Shanghai Dance Theatre 21:30 Nocturno I Alexander Lonquich We 24 20:00 Filharmonie Brno & Dennis Russell Davies Th 25 20:00 Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment & WIlliam Christie Fr 26 20:00 Symfonický orchestr hl. m. Prahy, Łukasz Borowicz & Huw Morgan 20:00 Alexander Lonquich, Vilde Frang & Nicolas Altstaedt Sa 27 11:00 Morning Concert III Boris Prýgl & Jana Nagy-Juhász 14:00 Lobkowicz Trio 14:00 A Musical Walk Through Prague 17:00 David Oistrach Quartet 20:00 Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt & Jan Simon Su 28 10:30 Suk's Křečovice 11:00 Prague Philharmonia Wind Quintet 14:00 Dvořák Piano Quartet 17:00 Martinů Quartet 20:00 Concerto Zapico Mo 29 20:00 Musico-technical Inventions 20:00 Sacconi Quartet & Wihan Quartet Tu 30 13:30 ZUŠ Open 20:00 Prague Spring Debut,
Baborák/Mráček/
Heyward
20:00 Forma Antiqva
We 31 20:00 Orchestre de Paris, Thomas Hengelbrock & Kate Lindsey 21:30 Nocturne II Tomáš Jamník & Frode Haltli Th 1 20:00 Berg Orchestra, Peter Strenáčik & Peter Vrábel - ATTENTION PLEASE 20:00 Camerata Salzburg & Alexander Lonquich Fr 2 20:00 Closing Concert: Krzysztof Penderecki & Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra
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Quasars Ensemble 15/5, Monday 20:00
/Rocío Márquez © Alex Rademakers
Rocío Márquez 14/5, Sunday 20:00
15. 5. / Mo / 20.00
Ensemble Inégal
venue Rudolfinum - Dvořák Hall price 150 - 700 CZK end of the concert 22.15

 

Jan Dismas Zelenka (1679 – 1745) was a Czech Baroque composer, and the revival of his music is literally rewriting the history of Baroque music. He first came to the attention of musicians and researchers through his trio sonatas, which are some of the most demanding works of the Baroque oboe repertoire. It was those pieces that really ignited the present-day interest in Zelenka, who quite rightly tends to be compared with Johann Sebastian Bach because of his boldness and originality. Ensemble Inégal plays quite an important role in the dissemination of Zelenka’s legacy and especially in the performing of his music, not only presenting his compositions regularly on its concerts in this country and abroad, but also making world premiere recordings of his works. The ensemble’s efforts towards new discoveries climax with a specialized festival, which includes a musicological conference, with presentations by the leading figures from the area of Zelenka research.

Jan Dismas Zelenka was an enormously successful musician who enjoyed the recognition of is contemporaries, including Johann Sebastian Bach and Georg Philipp Telemann. He was also a central figure of musical life at the royal court in Dresden, one of Europe’s leading musical centers in the first half of the eighteenth century. It was there that he composed the oratorio Gesù al Calvario ZWV 62 (Jesus at Calvary) for Holy Week of the year 1735. In the libretto by Michelangelo Boccardi, the figure of a “Testa” or narrator is absent and is replaced in the text by characters who portray the action and by a mixed choir. The whole work opens with a French overture featuring a central fugal section framed by a dramatic introduction and conclusion. The main characters – the Virgin Mary, Mary Magdalene, Mary Cleophas, Jesus, and St John – embody the good; Zelenka entrusted the negative emotions to the choir.

Ensemble Inégal is a versatile musical ensemble with a broad repertoire ranging from the music of the Renaissance to contemporary works. It gives concerts at leading Czech and foreign music festivals (Prague Spring, Musica Atiqua Brugy, Oude Muziek Utrecht), and it regularly appears on television and radio broadcasts (BBC, Czech Television, Czech Radio). Its recordings have received several prestigious awards (Diapason d’or, IRR Outstanding, Goldberg 5 Stars et al.). Since 2007, it has been holding its own concert series titled “Czech Baroque Music – Discoveries and Surprises”, introducing its listeners to newly discovered or rediscovered works by Czech baroque composers, with the music of Jan Dismas Zelenka at the forefront.

The organist and conductor Adam Viktora is the founder and artistic director of the Czech Organ festival and the artistic director of Ensemble Inégal and the Prague Chamber Soloists, with which he has given a number of modern-era premiere performances and recordings of the European Baroque repertoire. “The enormous wave of ‘authentic’ performing of early music in the latter half of the last century brought about extraordinary progress. In the last two decades, however, its task has changed greatly. Rather than freedom in the search for values in interpretation, generally very visible representatives of the musical mainstream are coming to the fore, and they are successfully presenting unerringly correct solutions. For this reason, each year Ensemble Inégal presents unknown Baroque music, and it has to its credit so many modern-era premieres of Zelenka because it does not wish under any circumstances to be part of that mainstream, and it is convinced that there is enormous power in music, but only until the moment when fear takes over, dictating proven solutions for interpretation that are guaranteed to be correct, until it uses celebrities just to fill concert halls and make money, or until it relies on proven repertoire that certainly won’t leave one dry eye in the house,” says Adam Viktora, explaining his ensemble’s vision. He appears regularly at music festivals all over Europe, and his great interest in historical organs is accompanied by lectures and concert performances at international congresses. He also serves as an advisor on expert committees for the restoration of important historical organs. He is one of the key figures in the process of the rediscovery of the music of the Czech Baroque composer Jan Dismas Zelenka.

 


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