Czech Philharmonic
Katia a Marielle Labèque

Czech Philharmonic

This entire programme could be given the title “Double”. You will be hearing a unique collection of three different works that share the theme of musical pairs in different forms and treatments. While Martinů composed his Double Concerto for Two String Orchestras, Piano, and Tympani in 1938 during the tense period preceding the Munich Agreement, the Concerto for Two Pianos, on the other hand, is jubilant and brilliant. In it, the shadow of approaching war is replaced by joy over success in America and the desire to create a virtuosic, radiant concert in which the pianos are not a part of the orchestra, but prominent solo voices.

In view of the length of the compositions and the work required to reset the stage, we have decided to divide the programme into three sections with two intervals. Besides musical themes, the programmed works also all have in common Semyon Bychkov’s personal ties with them: the Double Concerto was the first Czech work that he performed as the new chief conductor of the Czech Philharmonic. He often performs the Concerto for Two Pianos with his wife Marielle Labèque and her sister Katia, and he has consulted personally with Henri Dutilleux on that composer’s Second Symphony (“Le Double”) and has recorded it on CD.

The word Double in the title of Dutilleux’s symphony refers to the standing of a group of twelve musicians in opposition to the whole orchestra, allowing the composer all kinds of combinations in dialogue or contrast and the use of polyrhythms and polytonality. The programme of this entire Czech Philharmonic concert is being recorded for the Deutsche Grammophon label.

Subscription series B
Duration of concert 2 hod
Rudolfinum — Dvorak Hall


Česká republika Praha 1 Alšovo nábřeží 12 110 00
Wed 22 Jan 2020 / 7.30pm
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Thu 23 Jan 2020 / 7.30pm
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Fri 24 Jan 2020 / 7.30pm
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