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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, Skety & Peter Vrábel 20:00 Camerata Salzburg & Alexander Lonquich Fr 2 20:00 Closing Concert: Krzysztof Penderecki & Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra
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Jinhyung Park 21/5, Sunday 20:00
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A Musical Walk Through Prague 20/5, Saturday 14:00
20. 5. / Sa / 20.00
Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Peter Oundjian & Jan Lisiecki
venue Municipal House - Smetana Hall price 350 - 1900 CZK end of the concert 22.00

Programme

  • Bedřich Smetana: The Bartered Bride, overture to the opera
  • Robert Schumann: Piano Concerto in A minor Op. 54
  • Béla Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra

 

“He may be young but Jan Lisiecki plays Schumann like a legend.” (Classic FM)

The phenomenal Canadian pianist Jan Lisiecki first thrilled the public with a performance of Schumann’s Piano Concerto in A minor Op. 54 in 2013, when he made his debut at the famed BBC Proms. And this was also the concerto that he included on his third album, published in early 2016 on the prestigious Deutsche Grammophon label. That recording, on which Lisiecki is accompanied by the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia under the baton of Sir Antonio Pappano, has received enthusiastic reviews from critics all around the world. It appears that the Schumann Piano Concerto is playing an important role in Lisiecki’s brilliant career. The many successes he already has to his credit are increasing the eager anticipation of his Prague Spring debut.

Robert Schumann (1810–1856) composed his only piano concerto between 1841 and 1845. The composer, whose promising career as a concert pianist had been ruined by the injury of a finger on his right hand, wrote the concerto for his young wife, the outstanding pianist Clara Schumann, who premiered it in January of 1846. The first movement, which begins with a lovely, lyrical theme in A minor, had already been composed in 1839 as the Phantasie for Piano and Orchestra, but at his wife’s request, Schumann added the second and a third movements, which are played without a break, so the romantic melody of the Intermezzo gives way to an energetic finale in triple meter. Because virtuosity is kept in the background deliberately, the work is more of a vast musical poem than a concerto in the traditional sense of the word, and in it the passages for piano solo are amazingly integrated with the orchestral accompaniment.

The evening’s programme opens with the stirring overture to the opera Prodaná nevěsta (The Bartered Bride) by Bedřich Smetana (1824–1884), a piece that demands extraordinary virtuosity from all of the sections of the orchestra. The conductor Karel Ančerl was fond of performing the piece. The present principal conductor of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra chose the work in reference to the dedication of the concert to Ančerl, who was at the orchestra’s helm from 1969 to 1973. The Concerto for Orchestra by Béla Bartók (1881–1945) is one of the most frequently played and recorded orchestral works of the twentieth century, and rightly so. Like the overture to The Bartered Bride that opens the concert, the closing work on the evening’s programme places demands of the highest order on the orchestra.

Although Jan Lisiecki, a native of Calgary, Canada, just celebrated his twenty-second birthday this year, his career has earned him considerable respect. A winner of a number of awards (Diapason Découverte, Jeune Soliste des Radios Francophones, Leonard Bernstein Award), he has given recitals in Carnegie Hall and Wigmore Hall. He has made solo appearances with orchestras including the Orchestre de Paris, the New York Philharmonic, and the BBC Symphony under the baton of such figures as Sir Antonio Pappano and Pinchas Zuckermann, who said of the young pianist: “A talent like this comes two or three generations apart!” He also had the opportunity to demonstrate his talent in March of 2013, when he readily stood in for Martha Argerich at the Bologna Festival, playing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 under the baton of Claudio Abbado. Since 2012 he has been recording regularly for the prestigious Deutsche Grammophon label, and in 2009, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation made a documentary about him with the title The Reluctant Prodigy.

 


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