Chamber Orchestra of the CP
Sebastian Bru, Jiří Vodička

Czech Philharmonic

The third programme of Series K presents three works by young composers: Mendelssohn wrote his Octet when he was just sixteen years old, Janáček presented his Suite for Strings before enrolling at the Leipzig Conservatoire, and the Concerto for Violin and Cello by Antonín Rejcha is one of that composer’s early works.

Subscription series K
Duration of the programme 1 hod 30 min
Rudolfinum — Dvorak Hall

Rudolfinum

Czech Republic Praha 1
Sun 23 Feb 2020 / 3.00pm
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The third programme of Series K presents three works by young composers: Mendelssohn wrote his Octet when he was just sixteen years old, Janáček presented his Suite for Strings before enrolling at the Leipzig Conservatoire, and the Concerto for Violin and Cello by Antonín Rejcha is one of that composer’s early works. Both soloists are young as well – concertmaster of the Czech Philharmonic Jiří Vodička and the Austrian cellist Sebastian Bru, a member of the Vienna Philharmonic. Upon its premiere, critics called Mendelssohn’s Octet “a miracle of nineteenth-century music”. Inspiration from Goethe’s Walpurgis Night, quotes from Handel’s Messiah, and the masterful use of polyphony are all permeated with youthful musical invention and brilliant compositional technique. Janáček originally gave the movements of his composition titles that had been in use for French dance suites: Prelude, Allemande, Sarabande, and Air, but he quickly abandoned them because his style as a composer was simply too original to fit in with labels from the old dance suite. At the midpoint of the programme is a concerto by the world traveller and extraordinarily gifted composer, teacher, and theorist Antonín Rejcha (Anton Reicha). This successful professor at the Paris Conservatoire who had been a student together with Beethoven, had taken lessons from Haydn, and had also given instruction to such greats as Berlioz, Franck, Gounod, and Liszt, was made a Chevalier of the Légion d’honneur, and he became a member of France’s National Institute of Sciences and Arts.