FOK & Pietari Inkinen
Date of EventMonday, 20. 5. 2019 from 20.00
Expected end of the concert 21.50
Event placeMunicipal House – Smetana Hall
Price250 - 700 CZK Sold out
- Jean Sibelius: King Christian II, suite Op. 27 (Czech premiere)
- Petr Eben: Piano Concerto
- Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5 in D minor Op. 47
- Prague Symphony Orchestra
- Pietari Inkinen - conductor
- Terezie Fialová - piano
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Even during his very first concert at the Prague Spring in 2015, a performance which saw his inauguration as Chief Conductor of the Prague Symphony Orchestra, Finnish conductor Pietari Inkinen was quick to convey his artistic vision at the helm of this orchestra. On this occasion he presented the Czech premiere of a work by his compatriot, Finnish composer Einojuhani Rautavaara, along with A Relay Race by Jan Hanuš, a distinguished Czech composer active during the latter half of the 20th century. Inkinen continued his quest to unveil the hidden gems of Finnish and Czech music in subsequent seasons. Prague audiences thus had the opportunity not only to hear the Czech premiere of Sibelius’s choral symphony Kullervo, but they now regularly encounter pieces by less frequently performed Czech authors, such as Ladislav Vycpálek and Josef Bohuslav Foerster. Pietari Inkinen also promotes Czech composers abroad, above all, Bohuslav Martinů – not so long ago he conducted the composer’s Concerto for Two Pianos in Milan, and in 2018 Martinů’s Violin Concerto No. 2 in Cologne, featuring the superb soloist Carolin Widmann.
The maestro’s conception of Czech-Finnish dialogue underlines this concert as well. The programme includes the Czech premiere of Jean Sibelius’s suite King Christian II, a colourful musical depiction of the dramatic love story of the powerful ruler of Denmark, Sweden and Norway, who falls in love with an ordinary Dutch girl. Czech music will be represented by Petr Eben’s Concerto for Piano and Orchestra, one of his finest works. The concerto displays all the traits of the genre – a brilliant stylisation of the solo part, stirring rhythms, youthful elan and focused, at times fierce, energy.
The soloist for the evening will be young pianist Terezie Fialová, who attended Prague’s Academy of Music under Ivan Klánský; she studied chamber music at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hamburg with Niklas Schmidt and participated in a series of master classes headed by the likes of Menahem Pressler and Emanuel Ax. In addition to her solo career she is increasingly engaged in chamber music and teamed up with violinist Roman Patočka and cellist Jiří Bárta to form the Eben Trio, which promotes the oeuvre of Petr Eben, among others. The ensemble is the holder of the Czech Chamber Music Society Award for 2012, that same year they also won the international chamber music competition in Lausanne and were subsequently invited to the prestigious Verbier Festival Academy for young artists in Switzerland in the summer of 2013. It was here that the pianist gave the premiere of Edward Nesbit’s Like Some Forgotten Music.
In the second half of this concert you’ll be treated to the stunning Symphony No. 5 by Dmitri Shostakovich. The work requires a huge, Mahleresque orchestra and its at times almost bizarre sound quality and monumental form eerily conjure up the dismal period of the beginning of Stalin’s dictatorship. Shortly after its premiere, the symphony travelled round the world and Shostakovich consolidated his reputation as a major symphonist of international stature.