Olga Šroubková & Julian Rachlin & PKF – Prague Philharmonia
Mozart / Beethoven
Date of EventWednesday, 23. 5. 2018 from 20.00
Expected end of the concert 22.00
Event placeRudolfinum – Dvořák Hall
Price200 - 900 CZK Sold out
- Ludwig van Beethoven: Coriolan, Overture Op. 62
- Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Koncert pro housle a orchestr č. 5 A dur KV 219
- Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 in E flat major Op. 55 “Eroica”
- PKF – Prague Philharmonia
- Julian Rachlin - conductor
- Olga Šroubková - violin
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Last year, the violinist Olga Šroubková was the clear winner of the Prague Spring International Music Competition, where she dazzled the jury with her performance of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in the final round. At her Prague Spring performance she will be presenting to the audiences Mozart’s great Violin Concerto No. 5. Her musical partners will be the players of the PKF – Prague Philharmonia led by the star violinist and conductor Julian Rachlin, the Artist-in-Residence at this year’s festival. “I am eagerly anticipating what collaboration with the conductor/violinist Julian Rachlin will be like” says Olga Šroubková. “Since he has performed this Mozart concerto himself countless times, he will certainly have his own interesting ideas about its interpretation, and I hope we will both be contributing towards the best possible result,” says the young violinist.
W. A. Mozart wrote all five of his violin concertos during a single year, when he was serving as the concertmaster of the orchestra of the Archbishop of Salzburg. They are outstanding not only for their virtuosity (Mozart actually composed them for himself), but also for the fresh inventiveness of the young genius who was then just nineteen years old. mu “The polish, inwardness, and humour of this concerto have never been surpassed,” commented the famed Mozart scholar Alfred Einstein. Mozart did not hesitate to enrich the structure of this solo concerto with unexpected moments. For example, the third movement contains a surprising stylised passage of the “Turkish music” that was fashionable at the time.
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) has a warning printed in the first edition of his Symphony No. 3 in E flat major “Eroica” Op. 55. This innovative work, which in many ways surpasses the previous symphonies of its author and of his predecessors, was truly very long for its day. By comparison, the first movement alone is nearly as long as some of Haydn’s early symphonies. It is not, however, just its length that makes the piece so extraordinary, but also its completely original manner of working with musical themes, which would be a source of inspiration for many future generations of composers.
Beethoven composed his Eroica in the winter of 1803-1804, and it is unquestionably one of his most discussed works. The main reason is that besides the title Eroica (Heroic), the work has a subtitle: “composed in honour of the memory of a great man”. No specific name is given, but whether or not Napoleon Bonaparte had been intended, the unquestionable fact remains that today this wonderful symphony is one of the most frequently played works in the classical repertoire.
Olga Šroubková has been playing violin since she was four years old, when she began taking lessons from her mother Rimma Kotmelová, a graduate of the Moscow Conservatory. From the age of eight, she furthered her studies at the Music School of the City of Prague in the studio of Jiří Fišer, and under his tutelage she subsequently graduated from the Jan Neruda Grammar School with a music major, and also from the Prague Conservatory. Among her greatest successes so far have been last year’s first prize at the Prague Spring International Music Competition and fourth prize at the Michael Hill International Violin Competition in New Zealand. Since 2014, she has been studying at the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover under the guidance of Adam Kostecki.
“Julian feels music from the depth of his heart.”
The violinist, violist, and conductor Julian Rachlin is a graduate of the Vienna Conservatory (Boris Kushnir), and he was also a private student of Pinchas Zukerman. Winning the title of Eurovision Young Musician of the Year in 1988 was a major achievement for him, and it was followed by his debut with the Vienna Philharmonic under the baton of Riccardo Muti. His busy concert schedule includes collaborations with the Munich Philharmonic, the La Scala Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Bayerischer Rundfunk Symphony Orchestra. He plays the Stradivarius “ex Liebig” built in 1704.
The PFK – Prague Philharmonia was founded in 1994 at the initiative of the conductor Jiří Bělohlávek (1946-2017), under whose leadership it soon became a leading orchestra both in this country and on the international scene. The orchestra regularly tours abroad and makes recordings for leading labels. Since the 2015/2016, its leader has been the French conductor Emmanuel Villaume.