Tag: Jiří Bělohlavek

Secret Life of the Czech Philharmonic

The Czech Philharmonic strips down to jeans and trainers, to reveal top (musical!) secrets to a curious audience. Renowned conductor Jiří Bělohlávek, popular presenter Marek Eben, and leading scriptwriter/filmmaker Alice Nellis – together with the Czech Philharmonic – took the stage in February. But not for a normal concert. They were there to disclose the behind-the-scenes work of Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier and Janáček’s Příhody lišky Bystroušky (The Cunning Little Vixen),…

To the Moon and Back / Na Měsíc a Zpět

Autentickou českou verzi článku najdete níže. To the Moon and Back Jiří Bělohlávek Conducts Mr Brouček to the Moon … and Back Perfection and ebullience are the two words that concisely describe Jiří Bělohlávek’s conducting of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra. This was clear during the performances Oct 17-19 of Janáček’s suite from the opera The Excursions of Mr. Brouček, Dvořák’s Biblical Songs, and Stravinsky’s suite fromPetrushka. Playing and listening to…

Tuesday, April 10, 2012: Spring Blue

Spring Blue The color blue has taken over the streets of Prague. Leaping from billboards, jumping from the sides of trams, enveloping bus stops, the blue is announcing to pedestrians and passersby that Prague Spring is bound to arrive soon — at least the musical spring. Since 1946 the blue and the elegant violin f-hole logo designed by the painter and typographer František Muzika have symbolized the most significant and…

Monday, May 16,2011:The Score

Red, white, and blue triangles painted on teenagers’ faces; on car side mirrors. The colors stitched on fabric, stretched across restaurant courtyard fences; draped around the shoulders of a chubby guy parading proudly down the sidewalk. These ebullient displays of the Czech Republic’s flag show once again that national pride tends to bubble up quickly and fervently in Bohemia, even two decades after its Velvet Revolution for political independence. Bedřich…

Monday, May 9, 2011: Rehearsing the Dream

Picture this: You’re 18 years old and into music. And on Thursday you’re in an orchestra that’s going to play one of the most iconic — and demanding — pieces in your entire country’s repertoire of music. Under the baton of an internationally-known conductor. In your country’s most famous music festival. And the performance is going to be broadcast live on television. Sounds like one of those I-forgot-my-pants dreams, doesn’t…