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Czech Philharmonic • Simon Rattle
Magdalena Kožená and the song repertoire are made for each other. She will present selections from Dvořák’s Evening Songs along with songs by the Theresienstadt composers Hans Krása and Gideon Klein. Crowning the Czech programme will be the orchestral rhapsody Taras Bulba by Leoš Janáček.
Antonín Dvořák | arranged for orchestra by Jiří Gemrot
When I was looking to the sky, Op. 31
The trees fell silent, Op. 9
I dreamt last night, Op. 3
I am that knight, Op. 3
When God was in a happy mood, Op. 3
Oh what a lovely, golden dream, Op. 2
My heart often broods in pain, Op. 2
Four orchestral Songs, Op. 1
Gideon Klein | arranged for orchestra by Jiří Gemrot
Taras Bulba, rhapsody for orchestra
Magdalena Kožená mezzo-soprano
Simon Rattle conductor
Rudolfinum — Dvořák Hall
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Antonín Dvořák wrote his Evening songs for voice and piano. At first, Magdalena Kožená performed them that way, but she later asked the Czech composer Jiří Gemrot to orchestrate them. The result is the selection to be heard on these subscription concerts along with two more songs from Dvořák’s Op. 2. Jiří Gemrot also orchestrated Gideon Klein’s Lullaby, while Hans Krása’s Four Orchestral Songs are heard in their original instrumentation. “I’m very curious about what the songs will sound like and how much they will please the public,” say Magdalena Kožená.