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Helping with the Czech Philharmonic IV
Simon Rattle, Magdalena Kožená
Final concert from the series Helping with the Czech Philharmonic wants to emphasize the importance of regular blood donation. Czech Philharmonic and Czech Student Philharmonic will be led by conductor Sir Simon Rattle. Slavonic Dances by Dvořák are on, mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kožená will sing songs by Mahler and Berio.
Slavonic Dances, set II., Op. 72
No. 1 H major Molto vivace (Odzemek)
No. 2 E minor Allegretto grazioso (Mazurka)
No. 3 F major Allegro (Skočná)
Slavonic Dances, Set II., Op. 72
No. 8 A♭ major Grazioso lento, ma non troppo, quasi tempo di Valse (Polonéza)
No. 5 B minor Poco adagio (Špacírka)
Slavonic Dances, Set I, Op. 46
No. 8 G minor Presto (Furiant)
Folk songs for mezzo-soprano and orchestra
Slavonic Dances, Set II, Op. 72
No. 4 D♭ major Allegretto grazioso (Dumka)
No. 6 B major Moderato, quasi Minuetto (Dumka)
No. 7 C major Allegro vivace (Kolo)
Magdalena Kožená mezzo-soprano
Czech student philharmonic with music school pupils
Simon Rattle conductor
Concert will be broadcasted on ČT art and streamed on facebook pages of the Czech Philharmonic and other partners.
"Last season my long-time colleague and friend, Simon Rattle, conducted the Czech Philharmonic for the first time. He clearly loved the Orchestra AND we have managed to persuade him to join Magdalena Kozena and conduct this year's Helping with the Czech Philharmonic IV. Given by an orchestra made up almost equally of Czech Philharmonic musicians and members of the Czech Student Philharmonic, the concert is in aid of the Magdalena Kožená Endowment Fund which aims to raise awareness of and support for the education provided by Czech arts schools," said Chief Conductor and Music Director Semyon Bychkov. "Welcome back, Simon and Magdalena!"
"Of course it is always a huge pleasure to work with the Czech Philharmonic, one of the world’s truly great orchestras but after the last months of silence, the possibility to actually make music in a room together will be particularly emotional, a feast after a famine. I felt that a program in this time needs an element of joy, and that the Dvorak dances with their melancholy joy, or maybe joyful melancholy, were the ideal pieces.They also make a frame around two great song cycles for Magdalena, including one of the most communicative and appealing versions of folk songs from over the world. Hopefully this will feel like a real celebration of the chance to open up our musical life once more," Sir Simon Rattle explained.
Final concert from the series Helping with the Czech Philharmonic wants to emphasize the importance of regular blood donation. It will also support Magdalena Kožená Endowment Fund and music schools in the Czech Republic. Watch live on ČT art or on Facebook of the Czech Philharmonic.