Tag: Prague Philharmonic Choir

Beethoven’s Vibrant Ninth

It must be nice to be a member of the chorus during a performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony – even if you have to wait 45 minutes to sing … Otherwise known as “the Choral,” the symphony which is now generally acknowledged as Beethoven’s finest was also the first by a major composer to use a chorus. But that chorus doesn’t stand up to sing until the fourth and final…

Joyful Surprise

Joyful Surprise Conductor Petr Altrichter at the FOK The Prague Symphony Orchestra (FOK) kicked off its new season with opening concerts last Wednesday and Thursday. We were looking forward to a memorable concert, but we weren’t prepared for the surprise awaiting us. Sure, we expected to be impressed by Igor Tchetuev’s performance of Beethoven’s Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No 4 in G Major, and we were. We were looking…

Zrušení premiéry vedlo k ceně (Česká verze)

Zrušení premiéry vedlo k ceně v mezinárodní soutěži „Původně jsem skladbu napsal pro smíšené pěvecké kvarteto,“ říká skladatel. „Měla mít premiéru v pražské rotundě z jedenáctého století během večerních meditací.“ Ale premiéra Žalmu 57 skladatele Martina Klusáka byla nakonec zrušena. Pan Klusák (25), tedy skladbu přepracoval a přihlásil ji do První mezinárodní skladatelské soutěže sponzorované Pražským filharmonickým sborem. A vyhrál. „Získal první místo v kategorii skladeb pro smíšené sbory,“ oznámil…

Cancellation Leads to International Prize

How a Cancellation Led to an International Prize “It was supposed to be an a cappella quartet for mixed voices,” the composer says. “It was supposed to be premiered in the rotunda of a small, 11th century church in Prague, during an all-evening musical/spiritual program. It was supposed to be part of an evening of meditation.” But the premiere performance of composer Martin Klusák’s Psalm 57 was canceled. So instead,…

Monday, April 30, 2012: Darkness and Light

Darkness and Light The Spanish Hall in Prague Castle is one of the most opulent places in the Czech Republic, and likely the world. When Obama and Medvedev came to the Czech Republic to sign an historic missile treaty, this is the room they did it in. Now and again it is opened to the public for performances, and it does not disappoint. Such was the case on Apr 25…

Wednesday, April 25, 2012: Thanks-giving at Easter

The Prague Te Deum: Thanks-giving at Easter The Prague Philharmonic Choir (Pražský Filharmonický Sbor) offered listeners a very interesting concert as part of the recent Prague Easter Festival (Apr 3-24). The program presented four spiritual works, one each by a composer from a different era and in a different style. It concluded with Czech composer Petr Eben’s glorious Pražské Te Deum, which is not only appropriate at Easter time, but…

Monday, April 16, 2012: Spectre at the Castle!

The Spectre’s Bride Comes to the Castle! It is a tale that is common to cultures all across Europe, irrespective of language barriers. It is a close relative to tales of vampires and werewolves. About 150 years ago, this eery tale was retold to reflect profoundly Christian beliefs, and then set to music in 1884 by Antonín Dvořák. On the 25th of April, the Prague Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra, with the…

Monday, April 2, 2012: Easter Preview

What To Do: Easter Preview What special concerts await you in Prague during the coming Easter weekend? You might expect clouds of choirs and multiple orchestras breaking out in joyous music to welcome spring. Or humble soloists presenting selections from Masses or other religious works. Or at least some kind of dance during this season when everyone begins to wake up and move out of their winter lethargy. Oddly enough,…

Monday, December 12,2011: Father & Son

Father & Son Somebody should write a novel about this. The life, death, and sons of Jan Václav Antonín Stamic (or Johann Wenzel Anton Stamitz, if you prefer the German) is rife with the stuff to make a fantastic historical novel. Or a great romantic-mystery film. The musically-talented Stamic family was originally from Slovenia; Jan was born in today’s Czech Republic city of Havličkův Brod in 1717. He receives an…