Thursday, April 19, 2012: Harmonic Inspiration

Opus Osm Hudeček Špaček Mráček Matěják

Expressing the true joy of music (l-r):Václav Hudeček, Josef Špaček, Petr Matěják, Jan Mrácek, Praga Camerata.

Harmonic Inspiration on Dušní Street

The publishing of Vivaldi’s concertos numbered Opus 3 caused a sensation in the Amsterdam of 1711. The first set was dubbed “harmonic inspiration,” and that’s just what you could hear and see at the concert of this work at St Simon and St Jude April 11. The performance, which also caused a sensation there on Dušní Street, was dedicated to the 15th anniversary of the founding of violinist Václav Hudeček’s summer academy in Luhačovice for violinists.

Mr Hudeček, aside from being a master violinist and teacher, is also known for a few other qualities, listed in the program notes but also obvious on stage: his “nice” demeanor, his playing style, and simply his bursting joy in communicating through music. Imagine a humble, generous-spirited Jack Nicholson playing a masterful violin with a big grin, and you get the idea.

The concert also featured three internationally-recognized Czech violinists: Josef Špaček, Jan Mráček, and Petr Matěják. The oldest is 25.

To read the names of their international awards and prizes, their famous teachers, the stages and concert halls around the world where they’ve already performed, and the list of recordings they’ve already made is so long, it’s frankly – aside from their mothers’ probable opinion – a bit redundant, and ultimately exhausting.

It’s better to watch this short video clip of the four, from their performance of Vivaldi’s tenth concerto, the B Minor for Four Violins, Opus 3. This excerpt is their encore from the Allegro, after they had just performed all four movements of the full concerto. Aside from the exciting music, watch for the facial expressions, body language, and absolute joy emanating from all four players. (The excellent Praga Camerata ensemble accompanies them.)

And then make a note to look for the schedule of next season’s performances as soon as it’s published. Get your calendar apps ready. — oo

– Mary Matz

Photo Credits: Miroslav Setnička

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