Tag: Michaela Kapustová

Thursday, February 2, 2012: Meet Mr Foerster

Meet Mr Foerster Sometimes it seems that popular access to composers goes in rising and falling cycles. Concert offerings are rife, with different venues-same selections by a given composer everywhere. And then suddenly it seems nobody plays compositions by that composer for a while. Until once more … Such is the case with the Czech composer Josef Bohuslav Foerster (sometimes referred to as JB Förster). So read about him now…

Wednesday, January 25, 2012:Memory’s Treasure

Memory’s Treasure Have you ever heard a melody or theme which you know well but can’t identify? Trying to remember the name or composer of a piece of music can be one of the best ways people drive themselves towards heated arguments or even temporary insanity. Well, here’s some help. Antonín Dvořák’s “Songs My Mother Taught Me” is a beloved and popular song you probably know because it’s often featured…

Tuesday, January 10,2012: 60 Seconds with …

60 Seconds with … Golden Silence It was a magical final moment last Saturday afternoon. Pianist Daniel Wiesner and cellist Bledar Zajmi played sublime notes – of silence — at the end of one of their selections. Watch this video, of Josef Suk’s Ballad for Cello and Piano Opus 3 (Balada pro Violoncello a Klavír): It was as if Mr Zajmi was thanking his cello; and although you can’t see…

Thursday, January 5, 2012:Family Fare

Family Fare If you’re new to Prague classical music venues you may not know about a small, friendly concert hall offering quality performances. It’s the Atrium in Žižkov, formerly a Baroque church, now redone as concert and exhibition space. It’s a good place to bring the family for a pleasant introduction to classical music. This Saturday (Jan 7) the warm, intimate cultural center welcomes the crisp cello-piano duo Bledar Zajmi…