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Prague Philharmonic Choir

Date of Event

Sunday, 19. 5. 2019 from 20.00
Expected end of the concert 21.20

Price

250 - 450 CZK Sold out

Program

  • Franz Schubert: Psalm 23 "Gott ist mein Hirt" op. 132
  • Franz Schubert: Gesang der Geister über den Wassern D 714
  • Johannes Brahms: Schicksalslied op. 54
  • Zdeněk Lukáš: Requiem op. 252

Interprets

  • Prague Philharmonic Choir
  • Lukáš Vasilek - master
  • Eva Krestová - viola
  • Tomáš Krejbich - viola
  • Eduard Šístek - violoncello
  • Mikael Ericsson - violoncello
  • Petr Ries - double bass
  • Lenka Navrátilová - piano
  • Daniel Wiesner - piano
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Choirmaster Lukáš Vasilek has headed the Prague Philharmonic Choir for more than ten years. He brought new energy and motivation into the rehearsal room, which gave rise to highly positive reviews in the domestic and foreign press. His place at the helm of the choir is always an assurance of superb quality and an exceptional standard of performance. Where the purely vocal genre is concerned, the ensemble attracts a good deal of attention in Prague music circles, particularly through its Choral Series. “Clearly this is, and will continue to be, a very important and successful era,” wrote a reviewer for Harmonie magazine in March 2017.

To this day Franz Schubert’s choral works surprise audiences with their originality and contemporary feel,” says Lukáš Vasilek. “His Psalm 23 ʽThe Lord Is My Shepherdʼ is more traditional yet it is also one of the composer’s best known works. On the other hand, Song of the Spirits over the Waters, which is rarely performed in this country, bears all the hallmarks of Schubert’s seasoned mastery.

Johannes Brahms’s Song of Destiny is, in Vasilek’s view, “a philosophical disputation on the essence of human existence. The composer depicted it as a romantic, sweeping image which, in its timeless treatment, far surpassed the music of its time.

Lukáš Vasilek is a tireless promoter of contemporary works, as Prague Spring audiences will have noted during his various appearances at the festival with his ensemble Martinů Voices. And modern music is on the programme for this concert as well – on this occasion he opted for one of the most prolific Czech choral composers of the latter half of the 20th century, Zdeněk Lukáš, who died a few years ago. “I consider Requiem to be the pinnacle of his work,” Vasilek acknowledges. “It’s filled with original ideas, sophisticated “Lukášian” melodies, and mellifluous, but in no way banal, harmonies. You won’t find any false ostentation or pathos, and therein lies its incredible strength,” he concludes.