Czech Philharmonic
Semyon Bychkov

Czech Philharmonic

Smetana’s My Homeland is more closely associated with the history of the Czech Philharmonic than perhaps any other work except for the New World Symphony. On the first radio broadcast of a concert in this country on 11 May 1925, the Czech Philharmonic played Má vlast. Four years later, the work was chosen for the orchestra’s first phonograph recording with Václav Talich for the His Master’s Voice label. During the Second World War, Talich included the entire work including the banned movements Tábor and Blaník on the programme of the concerts of the Czech Philharmonic in Berlin and Dresden, and by doing so he got the ban lifted in Prague as well. The legendary recording of the concert at the National Theatre in 1939, at the end of which the public spontaneously sang the national anthem, was released by Supraphon eight years ago. The Czech Philharmonic played Má vlast at the time of the Velvet Revolution, and upon the return of Rafael Kubelík from exile the orchestra opened the Prague Spring festival with the work in 1990 and played it in June of that year on Old Town Square. Má vlast has to be a part of the core repertoire of every chief conductor of the Czech Philharmonic, and for foreign artists, performing it at the Rudolfinum is always a special experience. Semyon Bychkov has been preparing himself diligently for these subscription concerts since last year, and he has already performed Má vlast with orchestras in Munich, Cologne, Hamburg, Madrid, Amsterdam, and Cleveland.

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


Česká republika Praha 1 Alšovo nábřeží 12 110 00
Wed 9 Oct 2019 / 10.00am / Final rehearsal
Wed 9 Oct 2019 / 7.30pm
Thu 10 Oct 2019 / 7.30pm
Fri 11 Oct 2019 / 7.30pm

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