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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
/Diana Damrau © Jürgen Frank
Diana Damrau 16/5, Tuesday 20:00
/Ensemble Inégal
Ensemble Inégal 15/5, Monday 20:00
15. 5. / Mo / 20.00
Quasars Ensemble
venue Prague Conservatoire Concert Hall price 300 CZK end of the concert 21.50

Programme

  • Michael Jarrell: Assonance VI
  • Kaija Saariaho: Terrestre
  • Ivan Buffa: Identity (world premiere)
  • Gérald Grisey: Vortex Temporum I, II, III

 

For its debut performance at the Prague Spring festival, the Slovak Quasars Ensemble has selected a programme consisting of works by leading foreign composers. At the forefront of this concert’s dramaturgy is a portrait of the colorful, dynamic world of spectral music. An emblematic work of compositional poetics or technique, which paved the way for the latest major step along the path of the development of European musical thought, is the vast three-part composition titled Vortex temporum (Vortex of Time) by the father of spectral music, the brilliant French composer Gérard Grisey. The overwhelming energy of the vibrating garlands of six instruments is a true delicacy par excellence from the world of contemporary, virtuosically conceived music. The premiere of this work, which now has a cult following, took place almost exactly 20 years ago.

The Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho is the first lady of the world of complex, rhythmicized specters. Her humorous, extraordinarily popular “mini-concerto” for solo flute and small chamber ensemble was created as a transcription of the second part of her flute concerto with the title L’Aile du Songe.

The Swiss composer Michael Jarrell, like Kaija Saariaho, studied in Klaus Huber’s famed composition studio in Freiburg. As the composer of an extensive cycle of chamber works with variable instrumentation titled Assonance, he is constantly attempting to illustrate through music the property of the imperfect yet all the more sonorous manner of rhyming vowels instead of syllables, familiar from the language arts.

One member of Michael Jarrell’s composition studio is the versatile Slovak musician Ivan Buffa, whose new chamber symphony titled Identity represents something of a summary of his efforts towards a symbiosis of spectral color with organically interlinked rhythm.

Since its founding in 2008, the Quasars Ensemble has been one of the most interesting professional musical ensembles of its kind in Slovakia. Besides contemporary art music, the group also focuses on the works of past epochs, boldly programming interesting combinations of music. The ensemble has presented several concert profiles of leading contemporary composers from around the world (Bent Sørensen, Michael Jarrell, Kaija Saariaho), and it has collaborated with such artists as Camilla Hoitenga, Mario Caroli, Dalibor Karvay, and Lionel Peintre. It has performed at a number of prestigious contemporary music festivals (Warsaw Autumn, Arcus Temporum in Pannonhalma, Ostrava Days of New Music), and it makes regular appearances at the Bratislava Music Festival and the Melos-Étos festival.

Ivan Buffa studied piano and composition at the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava and at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna. His compositions have been heard on such festival stages as Wien Modern, Aspekte Salzburg, and the ISCM World Music Days. In 2007, his composition Ritual won the prestigious Ján Levoslav Bella Prize, and for his work Organismi he was nominated for a Tatra Banka Prize. In 2013, together with the members of the Quasars Ensemble, of which he has been the artistic director since 2008, he received the most important arts prize in Slovakia – the Crystal Wing Award. His repertoire ranges from romanticism, impressionism, expressionism, and the post-war avant-garde to the most recent musical creations.

 


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