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Dvořák Prague International Music Festival 2018

Antonín Dvořák's monumental sacred works, piano virtuosos, world-class orchestras, and great soloists, the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the founding of Czechoslovakia, a tribute to Leonard Bernstein, a series of chamber music concerts, and young talents — that describes this year's eleventh annual Dvořák Prague International Music Festival, to be held from 7 to 21 September. This year, the key programme series Dvořák Collection will complete a two-year cycle presenting the master's oratorios, cantatas, and masses. The festival has entrusted Jakub Hrůša and the Czech Philharmonic, the festival's orchestra-in-residence, with performing the monumental choral works The Spectre's Bride and Saint Ludmila. A rarity in the repertoire will also be performed — the cantata The American Flag, Dvořák's only setting of a text in English, as well as the seldom heard Lužany Mass in the composer's own arrangement for the Rudolfinum.

The festival's collection of prestigious orchestras will expand to include the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment from the UK, the Camerata Salzburg from Austria, and London's Academy of St Martin in the Fields, which has earned long-lasting acclaim for its superb interpretations of Mozart. The Staatskapelle Dresden is returning to Prague after a two-year absence, this time with the conductor Manfred Honeck and the enchanting Bernarda Fink. Representing today's greatest instrumentalists on the festival programme are the pianists Krystian Zimerman, Evgeny Kissin, and Valentina Lisitsa and the violinist Janine Jansen. The Israeli clarinettist Sharon Kam will be the first woman to serve as curator of the chamber music series.

Added: 20 May 2018

Added: 23 July 2016

Odyssey Opera Boston presents concert performance of Dvorak's Dimitrij

Boston’s most original and innovative opera company, Odyssey Opera,  announced its season-opening performance of Antonín Dvořák’s epic work Dimitrij, marking the opera’s Boston premiere. Sung in Czech with projected English translations, this concert production is led by conductor Gil Rose, with performances by the Odyssey Opera Orchestra and the award-winning tenor Ales Briscein in the role of Dimitrij.

The Czech National Museum buys unknown letter by Antonín Dvořák

The Czech National Museum has gained a letter that Antonin Dvorak wrote to Austrian music critic Eduard Hanslick in 1882. The museum bought the letter, which has been unknown until now, at a Berlin auction for 9500 euros on Tuesday. The museum's experts said the letter from Dvorak to Hanslick, one of then most prominent music critics, is unique not only because of the two men, but also because of its contents. Dvorak writes about the premiere performance of his opera The Cunning Peasant that took place on October 24, 1882 in the Dresden Hofoper. He asks Hanslick to write about the opera in the Neue Freie Presse newspaper in order to help it be staged at the Viennese Opera. The letter shows the close relation between Dvorak and Hanslick.

Added: 9 April 2016

Dvořák Prague Festival to host the world's leading orchestras

The Dvořák Prague International Music Festival has unveiled the program and begun selling tickets for the upcoming season. Dedicated to commemorating the legacy of the musical genius of Czech composer Antonín Dvořák, this year's nin th edition of the event held during 5 to 24 September 2016 will feature leading orchestras and soloists from the Czech Republic as well as top - class ensembles and renowned musicians from abroad.

The opening concert will be presented by one of the best European orchestras, Staatskapelle Dresden under the direction of Christian Thielemann. Apart from the orchestra in residence, the Czech Philharmonic conducted by Jiří Bělohlávek and Jakub Hrůša, the Rudolfinum Concert Hall will host such ensembles as the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Gianandra Noseda, which will accompany Czech cellist Jiří Bárta. The lineup also includes phenomenal violinist Gidon Kremer and his ensemble Kremerata Baltica and the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia under the direction of Antonio Pappano, which will perform the closing concert of this year's Dvořák Prague. In line with its goal to present both well - and lesser - known compositions of its namesake musical genius, Dvořák Prague's this year's offering includes all Dvořák's concert overtures and symphonic poems inspired by the Bouquet, a collection of ballads written by poet Karel Jaromir Erben.

Added: 5 April 2016                                                          ► Detailed information and ticket sales on the festival's website.


► Antonin Dvorak on Himself

Added: 27 November 2015


► Antonin Dvorak in Visual Arts

Added: 28 September 2015


Added: 1 September 2015

Yo-Yo Ma wins Antonin Dvorak Prize 2015

Famous Chinese American cellist Yo-Yo Ma has been awarded this year’s Antonin Dvorak Prize. Turning sixty years old this year, Yo-Yo Ma stands among the very highest elite of solo performers and is often called the greatest cellist of the present day. He collaborates with numerous first-class conductors, orchestras, and soloists, and has received many prestigious awards including the National Medal of Arts, the Glenn Gould Prize, and multiple Grammy Awards. The institution that awards the Antonin Dvorak Prize has since 2009 been the nonprofit association called the Academy of Classical Music, the organizer 
of the Dvorak Prague International Music Festival. The mission of this project
is the recognition of personalities who by their lifelong work or extraordinary artistic endeavours have in significant measure contributed to the propagation and popularization of Czech classical music in the Czech Republic and abroad.


► Antonin Dvorak in Film  l  ► Antonin Dvorak in Literature

Added: 2 August 2015

Dvorak complete set with Jose Serebrier is being released

One of the most recorded conductors of his generation, Jose Serebrier has completed his much lauded survey of Dvorak's symphonies, adding Nos. 1, 4 and 5 to a series of Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra performances that have been praised for their considerable expressivity, remarkable handling of detail and supreme orchestral balance. The works are accompanied by a variety of other concert pieces, among which are a selection of Dvorak's lively, nationalist-driven Slavonic Dances as well as the wonderfully lyrical Legends, endearing miniature tone poems which reveal the composer's mastery of the shortest forms.


Added: 13 June 2015

Dvorak Prague Festival 2015 Announces Its Offerings. Festival To Be Launched by Yo-Yo Ma

The schedule of the Dvorak Prague Festival, planned for 7-23 September 2015, has been announced. Coming to Prague will be acclaimed ensembles like the Philharmonia Orchestra of London, led by Christoph von Dohnanyi, and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields. Soloists will include such brilliant artists as Piotr Anderszewski, David Garrett, Lisa Batiashvili, and Gautier Capuçon. Playing Dvorak's Cello Concerto in B minor in the official opening concert will be probably the greatest cellist of the present time, Yo-Yo Ma. The closing performance of the New World Symphony will be given by the Czech Philharmonic with maestro Semyon Bychkov. Curator of the successful 'Chamber Music Society' series is Ivo Kahanek. 

► Tickets to all festival concerts go
    on sale from Thursday 26 March 2015.


Added: 26 March 2015

 World premiere recording of the opera Alfred is being released

The ArcoDiva music agency and Czech Radio are just now placing on the market the very first recording of Dvorak’s first opera, Alfred. This almost forgotten work from 1870 has been staged only once, in 1938 in Olomouc in Czech translation. The world premiere with the original German libretto did not take place until September 2014, in the Dvorak Prague Festival in the form of a concert performance. Made from the concert and the dress rehearsal was this recording, being issued on a pair of compact discs.

Added: 16 January 2015, English translation: David R. Beveridge

Added: 31 October 2014

Manuscript of Dvorak's New World Symphony comes to New York

The Czech Philharmonic, under the direction of renowned conductor Jiri Belohlavek, will perform Antonin Dvorak’s symphony “From the New World” at Carnegie Hall in New York on November 16th – the eve of the 25th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution. The composer’s grandson will also be travelling to the US for the occasion. Czech cultural representatives are bringing to the US the original handwritten score which Dvořák wrote during his time in the United States. The score has not left the country in more than 100 years. The priceless manuscript will be on display at Bohemian National Hall at the Czech Center Gallery. The public is invited to view the exhibit November 17-21, from 1 pm to 9 pm daily.

Jiri Belohlavek wins Antonin Dvorak Prize 2014

Czech conductor Jiri Belohlavek has been honored with the Antonin Dvorak Prize for his work promoting Czech classical music and the music of Dvorak. The award will be given to Belohlavek at Carnegie Hall on November 16, following a performance he will conduct by the Czech Philharmonic. Belohlavek, 68, has been Chief Conductor of the Czech Philharmonic since 2012, and is also the President of The Dvorak Society for Czech and Slovak Music and of the Prague Spring International Music Festival. In April 2012, he was honored with the title Commander of the Order of the British Empire for services to music. Belohlavek has made numerous recordings. This year, the complete symphonies and concertos of Dvorak played by the Czech Philharmonic conducted by Belohlavek has been published by Decca Classics. 


Added: 19 September 2014  

Dvorak in German Schools
The German public station ARD has undertaken a remarkable project titled Das Dvorak-Experiment aimed at drawing the attention of school-age children to classical music. The main focal point will be a live broadcast of a performance of Dvorak's Ninth Symphony by the North German Radio Symphony Orchestra with conductor Thomas Hengelbrock on television, radio, internet, and large screens in more than two hundred German schools, scheduled for 19 September at 11:15 AM. Linked to the concert are many other events, e.g. a competition of children's visual art works inspired by Dvorak's music, student remixes of individual themes, a pantomime theatrical treatment of the symphony's first movement, and a competition of student films related to Dvorak.

   Added: 31 August 2014
   English translation: David R. Beveridge


An expected Dvorak complete set with Belohlavek is being released.

On 7 July the Decca label will place on the market a new complete recording of all Dvořák's symphonies and concertos with orchestra – an ambitious project of the Czech Philharmonic and its chief conductor Jiří Bělohlávek, who have made the recordings progressively over the course of the past two concert seasons. Sharing as soloists are the following renowned performers: pianist Garrick Ohlsson, cellist Alisa Weilerstein, and violinist Frank Peter Zimmermann. It has now been more than thirty years since the last complete recording of the composer's symphonies by the Czech Philharmonic, made early in the 1980s under the baton of Vaclav Neumann. The new set will be available in the form of six compact discs and also downloadable from the internet in MP3 and FLAC formats.

► For more information see the websites
of the Czech Philharmonic and Decca.

Added: 30 May 2014
English translation: David R. Beveridge

The 2014 Dvořák Prague Festival Offers Programming Treats

The recently-announced concert schedule for this year's Dvořák Prague Festival confirmed the striking change in the festival's direction, pertaining above all to original programming. For example those attending the festival will have an opportunity to visit the central-Bohemian town of Zlonice, where the composer lived during his youth and where his rarely-performed Symphony No. 1, The Bells of Zlonice, will be played in the local church, moreover in a historically-informed interpretation on period instruments.

  An extraordinary event will be a concert performance of Dvořák's first opera Alfred, which so far has been performed only once, in 1938 in Olomouc in Czech translation. In the festival it will sound for the first time with its original German libretto, in which respect the performance may be considered the world premiere. A recording planned to be made from this concert will also constitute the first-ever recording of this opera.

The festival also offers additional practically unknown works by the composer: the String Quartet in E minor / B major and the Concerto for Cello and Piano in A major. Also worthy of note is the first half of a complete performance of Dvořák's symphonies and concertos (the second half being planned for next year), as well as participation by numerous outstanding performers including many at the top of their field worldwide such as Zubin Mehta, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Jiří Bělohlávek, Vadim Repin, Krystian Zimerman, and the Israel Philharmonic.

Added: 8 May 2014
English translation: David R. Beveridge                               
► Detailed information and ticket sales on the festival's website.