Czech Philharmonic
Special New Year’s Eve Dress Rehearsal

Czech Philharmonic

This year, we have decided to welcome in the new year with you in Czech style with four beautiful works, each of which is original and a supreme musical celebration.

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Duration of the programme 2 hod
Rudolfinum — Dvorak Hall

Rudolfinum

Czech Republic Praha 1

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This year, we have decided to welcome in the new year with you in Czech style with four beautiful works, each of which is original and a supreme musical celebration. Antonín Dvořák, who conducted the very first Czech Philharmonic concert, composed three concert overtures titled In Nature’s Realm, Carnival, and Othello in 1891. Carnival Overture is the most impressive of these works, and it is part of the worldwide core orchestral repertoire. It has a brilliant violin solo in common with Suk’s Praga, which follows. The second half opens with another depiction of Carnival, this time by Bedřich Smetana. Suk dedicated his symphonic poem Praga to the “Royal City of Prague”, while Janáček dedicated his Sinfonietta to Brno. Although the two works share dedications to the two largest Czech cities, they differ entirely in terms of their character and overall tone. Suk’s monumental symphonic poem builds upon the traditions of Smetana and Dvořák. It takes a look back at Prague’s history, and through a recollection of a lyrical theme from his suite A Fairy Tale, it drives towards a tremendous hymn-like conclusion supported by the sound of organ and bells. Janáček’s immediate stimulus for composing the Sinfonietta was a request from the newspaper Lidové noviny that he write a greeting for the All-Sokol Rally. This resulted in the creation of the opening and closing fanfares, which later grew into a brilliant five-movement composition filled with mysticism, excitement, and grandeur. The Czech Philharmonic gave the premiere with Václav Talich in June 1926 as part of the cultural programme of the VIIIth All Sokol Rally at the Rudolfinum.

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