András Schiff & The Panocha Quartet
Date of EventWednesday, 3. 6. 2020 from 20.00
Expected end of the concert 22.10
Event placeRudolfinum – Dvořák Hall
Price250 - 900 CZK
- Antonín Dvořák: Piano Quartet No. 2 in E flat major Op. 87
- Antonín Dvořák: Piano Quintet No. 2 in A major Op. 81
- Antonín Dvořák: Bagatelles Op. 47
- András Schiff - piano
- Panocha Quartet
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Antonín Dvořák (1841-1904) wrote Bagatelles for Two Violins, Cello and Harmonium in 1878 for his friend, Josef Srb-Debrnov, a service he did for practical reasons: a small music circle would gather in Srb’s flat consisting of an unusual line-up – two violins, a cello and a harmonium – but the group didn’t have a suitable repertoire. While Dvořák respected the given requirements, that the work was chiefly intended for domestic music-making, the resulting five-movement composition is a fine piece of writing. The lively and energetic Bagatelles was performed in public for the first time in Prague in February 1879 at a concert organised by the artists’ association Umělecká beseda; Antonín Dvořák himself sat at the harmonium. The work was published that same year in an arrangement for four-hand piano, and a year later in its original version as well.
The programme also features Piano Quartet in E flat major and Piano Quintet in A major, which used to be one of Dvořák’s most popular pieces. The piano parts on this occasion will be undertaken by celebrated Hungarian pianist András Schiff, Artist-in-Residence of the Prague Spring 2020, who has been working regularly with the Panocha Quartet since the 1990s.
The Panocha Quartet was established in 1968 by students of the Prague Conservatoire studying under Josef Micka. After demonstrating their excellence at master classes held by Raphael Hillyer in Weimar, the ensemble members were soon performing in concert venues abroad (USA, Canada, Japan, Australia) and appearing at a number of prestigious music festivals (Edinburgh, Salzburg, Tel Aviv, Mondsee). They have won a series of important awards, including first prize at the Prague Spring International Music Competition (1974), a Gold Medal at the Bordeaux festival (1976), Supraphon’s Platinum Disc (2008), and an award for their recording of the complete Dvořák chamber works (2010).
It is incredible that the Panocha Quartet has been performing since 1971 in the same line-up – Jiří Panocha, Pavel Zejfart, Miroslav Sehnoutka and Jaroslav Kulhan – namely, for a period of almost fifty years. During this time the ensemble has not only become a world leader in the interpretation of the quartet repertoire, but it has also cultivated and developed the celebrated Czech quartet tradition, which harks back to the legendary Czech Quartet. The ensemble’s vast repertoire includes both Viennese Classicism and music by 20th century composers. At the same time, particular emphasis is placed on Czech music, primarily works by Bedřich Smetana, Leoš Janáček, Bohuslav Martinů and Antonín Dvořák, whose complete chamber oeuvre the ensemble captured on a number of fine recordings.