Prague Spring Debut
Concert of the Friends of the Prague Spring
Date of EventFriday, 22. 5. 2020 from 20.00
Expected end of the concert 21.40
Event placeMunicipal House – Smetana Hall
Price350 - 900 CZK
- Richard Strauss: Růžový kavalír, suita z opery
- Nikolaj Rimskij-Korsakov: Overture on Three Russian Themes Op. 28
- Nikolaj Rimskij-Korsakov: Trombone Concerto
- Christian Lindberg: Golden Eagle
- Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra
- Robert Kružík - conductor
- Christian Lindberg - trombone
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The Prague Spring Debut will present another promising Czech conductor who has been given the opportunity to demonstrate his skills alongside some of the best. “Robert Kružík has built up a superb reputation as Permanent Guest Conductor of the Brno Philharmonic and also as a conductor engaged at Brno’s Janáček Opera and the National Moravian-Silesian Theatre in Ostrava, where he is highly accomplished in a wide range of repertoire. Yet he has had to wait until now for his Prague debut” says Prague Spring dramaturge Josef Třeštík.
A native of Brno, Robert Kružík, who also studied the cello, established himself at a relatively young age as permanent conductor of the Janáček Opera at Brno’s National Theatre. “Conductor Robert Kružík constructed Libuše with the appropriate contrast between the lyrical and the flamboyant; his conception has emotion, vibrant colour and dramatic impact. The orchestral introduction, in particular, and the ensemble in Act Three, in combination with the relaxed dance sequences, made for a truly memorable experience,” stated theatre critic Radmila Hrdinová in her assessment of the 2018 production on the website Novinky.cz. Kružík was appointed Permanent Guest Conductor of the Brno Philharmonic at the start of last season.
His highly appealing debut programme opens with Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s poetic Overture on Three Russian Themes, which the composer wrote at the age of twenty-two, shortly after completing his first symphony. Yet the work shows us a seasoned composer well-versed in the art of orchestral instrumentation. Through its enchanting solos the piece allows the individual sections of the orchestra to come into their own and thus provides the ideal introduction for the concert.
The finest trombonist in history
“I am delighted that the Prague Spring has brought Robert Kružík together with Christian Lindberg, arguably the finest trombonist in history, a performer who has expanded the repertoire of his instrument like no other,” dramaturge Josef Třeštík points out. Lindberg is a highly versatile artist who has more than seventy solo recordings to his name. Alongside Miles Davis and Louis Armstrong, he is regarded by critics as one of the greatest brass players of the 20th century. At Lindberg’s instigation, over three hundred new works have appeared in the trombone repertoire, and he has also contributed to the popularisation of historical compositions – a fact documented in effect by his Prague appearance. Here he will present the virtually unknown Trombone Concerto by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908), a work Lindberg has immortalised in his now legendary recording. The recording includes Lindberg’s own cadenzas displaying technical brilliance and modern instrumental techniques (such as multiphonics), namely achievements Rimsky-Korsakov couldn’t even have dreamed of.
Lindberg will demonstrate his creative talent to the fullest extent in the next piece on the programme – his own trombone concerto entitled Golden Eagle. Lindberg’s concerto is “made to measure”, a glittering piece radiating the characteristic traits of Lindberg’s personality: a unique sense of humour and his beguiling charisma, which caused a critic for The New York Times to remark: “You could stick a kazoo in his hands, and he’d sell the concert hall out.”
The concert will close with Richard Strauss (1864-1949) and the Rosenkavalier Suite, which is derived from the themes of his highly successful comic opera written to a libretto by Hugo von Hofmannsthal. The vigorous music filled with sparkling melodies and charming waltzes will certainly make for a wonderful finale to round off this inspired concert programme.