Classics at Golden Prague

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You've probably noticed this image for the 49th Golden Prague International Television Festival around Prague.

The Classical Music of’Golden Prague’

“Television” is probably not the first thing that comes to mind when you think of classical music.

However, now through Wed, Oct 17, you can watch more than a hundred documentaries and programs about art topics including classical music and dance, at the Zlatá Praha Mezinárodní Televizní Festival (“Golden Prague,” the 49th International Television Festival).

Free access to the Festival’s video library is available daily from 9 am to 7 pm in the Great Hall at Zofín Palace.

The high-quality video selections, some in competition for Festival awards, some not, are “aimed at a highly educated and discerning audience,” according to Miroslava Němcová, chair of the Festival’s Chamber of Deputies. The videos all come from European art channels, such as BBC Classical Music Television, Arte France, and Česká Televize.

You can watch Czech-connected titles such as “The Bartered Bride – World Premiere of the First German Version, Commissioned by Smetana Himself;” a documentary on Mahler during his creation of the Resurrection Symphony in “Of Love, Death, and Beyond;” a contemporary version of Dvořák’s Rusalka; and “All the Prodigies, the Second Encounter,” a Czech Television follow-up documentary six years after the producers first profiled eight talented children in Brno’s Amadeus Piano Competition.

The Festival also offers a number of live presentations and events. “A Tribute to Boris Eifman” Mon, Oct 15 features the Russian choreographer presenting his best work. Extracts from films featuring choreographies of Roland Petit will be presented Tues, Oct 16. And the official awards ceremony for winners of those documentaries from the video library will be held on Wed, Oct 17. The ceremony will also be broadcast live on Czech Television.

The Festival also offers a discussion program on Tuesday on “Rights Management in the Digital Era,” and an earlier program Sunday featured the premiere of “Agony and Ecstasy,” a BBC documentary on ballet superstar Daria Klimentová, and an appearance by the dancer herself. — oo

– Mary Matz

Photo Credits: International Television Festival Golden Prague, Česká Televize

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