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Conductor Alain Altinoglu arranged Debussy’s opera Pelléas et Mélisande into the form of a suite. The programme of French music continues with a brilliant rhapsody for violin and orchestra by Maurice Ravel played by concertmaster Jiří Vodička. Also French is the performer of the organ part in Camille Saint-Saëns’s Symphony No. 3 “Organ”.

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Programme

Claude Debussy
Pelléas et Mélisande, suite from the opera (arr. Alain Altinoglu)

Maurice Ravel
Tzigane, concert rhapsody for violin and orchestra

— Intermission —

Camille Saint-Saëns
Symphony No. 3 in C minor, Op. 78 "Organ"

Performers

Jiří Vodička violin
Thierry Escaich organ

Alain Altinoglu conductor

Czech Philharmonic

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Rudolfinum — Dvořák Hall

2 Feb 2022  Wednesday 10.00am
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Tel.:  +420 227 059 227

E-mail: info@czechphilharmonic.cz

Customer Service office hours are on weekdays from 09:00 a.m. to 06:00 p.m.

Performers

Jiří Vodička  violin
Jiří Vodička

JIŘÍ VODIČKA
violin

Jiří Vodička, a concertmaster of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, soloist and chamber musician, is one of the most prominent and most sought-after Czech violinists. He made a name for himself in childhood by winning prizes in many competitions such as the Jaroslav Kocian International Violin Competition, Prague Junior Note, and “Čírenie talentov” Competition in Slovakia. In 2002 he won first prize in the international violin competition Beethoven’s Hradec, and in the same year he was awarded a prize as the best pupil attending Václav Hudeček’s violin classes. He later performed with Hudeček in dozens of concerts throughout the Czech Republic. In 2004 he became the absolute winner of the International Louis Spohr Competition for Young Violinists in Weimar, Germany. In 2008 he was awarded first and second prizes at the Young Concert Artist Competition, which took place in Leipzig, Germany and New York, USA, respectively. Jiří Vodička enrolled at the Institute of Art Studies at the University of Ostrava at the age of only 14. He studied there under Zdeněk Gola and graduated in 2007 with Master’s degree.

Jiří Vodička regularly performs as a soloist with many leading orchestras both in the Czech Republic (Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, PKF – Prague Philharmonia, Prague Symphony Orchestra, Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra) and abroad (Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra, Neue Philharmonie Westfalen). For many years he has been a soloist of the Wuhan Philharmonic Orchestra of China. He collaborated with the recently deceased conductor Jiří Bělohlávek and continues to work with other prominent conductors such as Jakub Hrůša, Tomáš Netopil and Semyon Bychkov.

In 2014 he recorded his debut solo album Violino Solo with Supraphon, featuring the most difficult compositions for solo violin. It received great critical acclaim in the Czech Republic and also abroad. Many of his concerts have been broadcast by Czech TV, Czech Radio as well as ARD broadcasting company of Germany.

As a chamber musician he performs with outstanding Czech pianists Martin Kasík, Ivo Kahánek, Ivan Klánský and Miroslav Sekera. In 2011 he was invited by the famous violinist Gidon Kremer to perform together with many world-famous musicians at his Kammermusikfest in Lockenhaus, Austria. He regularly appears at important festivals such as the Prague Spring, Janáček’s May, Hohenloher Kultursommer and the Choriner Musiksommer. Since 2012 he has been a member of the Smetana Trio, with whom he has recorded two CDs for Supraphon, which won the prestigious award of BBC Music Magazine and Diapason d’Or.

In 2015 Jiří Vodička became a concertmaster of the Czech Philharmonic. He teaches at the Prague Conservatory and at the Ostrava University. He plays an Italian instrument made by Joseph Gagliano in 1774.

Compositions

Maurice Ravel
Cikán, koncertní rapsodie pro housle a orchestr

Přesto, že se Maurice Ravel (1875–1937) nechal mnohokrát inspirovat španělským folklorem, v rapsodii pro housle a klavír Cikán,často hrané s později dokomponovaným orchestrálním doprovodem, se rozhodl pro stylizaci maďarské cikánské hudby. Dílo, premiérované 26. dubna 1924 v Londýně maďarskou houslistkou Jelly dʼAranyi, pro kterou skladatel tento mistrovský kus napsal, je koncipováno ve volné rapsodické formě a začíná dlouhou virtuózní kadencí sólového nástroje s úvodní částí hranou na G struně. Vychází z maďarského čardáše a uchvacuje množstvím dvoj- a trojzvuků, zdánlivě nehratelných čtyřmi prsty na čtyřech strunách, glissandovým spojováním tónů, dlouhými dvojhmatovými tremoly či chromatickými kroky zabarvenou melodií. Řadí se tak ke skladbám Paganiniho, Sarasateho či Wieniavského, navíc však okouzluje ravelovsky nezaměnitelným orchestrálním hávem.

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