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Morning Concerts • Six Saturday morning concerts

The Zemlinsky Quartet, pianist Marek Kozák or the Czech Brass ensemble are part of this varied series. The Prague Philharmonic Children’s Choir presents Martinů’s music during the Advent. Outstanding French organist Thierry Escaich introduces himself as a composer. The Czech Philharmonic Wind Harmony and conductor Ondřej Vrabec close the season.

Morning Concerts

Since the beginning, the Saturday Matinees have been a very popular concert series thanks in part to their variety. Besides familiar Czech ensembles and performers, the Zemlinsky Quartet, and pianist Marek Kozák, the Czech Brass will also be appearing. They will play not only music that has passed the test of time, but also a world premiere of a composition by Jiří Gemrot and a number of pieces from the 20th century. During Advent, you will also hear the Prague Philharmonic Children’s Choir and works by Bohuslav Martinů, Zdeněk Lukáš, Slavomír Hořínka, and Benjamin Britten. One of the concerts is devoted to a foreign soloist –outstanding French organist Thierry Escaich, who will also introduce himself as a composer. The final concert will feature the Czech Philharmonic Wind Harmony led by Ondřej Vrabec. That programme will include a seldom-heard work by Paul Hindemith that is a staple of the viola repertoire, the viola concert titled Der Schwanendreher.

DK1 — Czech Chamber Music Society • Czech Brass

Martinů Hall

What's on

Claudio Monteverdi
Sinfonias, ritornellos and organ arias from the opera L’Orfeo (arr. Stanislav Penk)
Samuel Scheidt
Galliarda Battaglia (arr. Stanislav Penk)
Adam Michna z Otradovic
Czech Lute – selection (arr. Stanislav Penk)
The Wedding Day)
The Virtues of the Glorious Mother of God
Virgin Love
The Bridal Wreath
The Fellowship of Angels
Samuel Capricornus
O felix jucunditas
Marc-Antoine Charpentier
Te Deum – Preludium. Marche en rondeau (arr. Stanislav Penk)
Johann Heinrich Schmelzer
Sonata à 7
Johann Sebastian Bach
Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F major, 
BWV 1047, 3rd movement – Allegro assai (arr. Jiří Gemrot)
Lukáš Matoušek
Czech Intrada (for brass septet) – Czech premiere
Kateřina Horká
Intuitions for Brass Septet Part II – world premiere
Jiří Gemrot
Grotesques for brass septet – selection – world premiere 
3. Moderato e libero. Animato assai
4. Andante non troppo
5. Allegro
Juraj Filas
“Life is Beautiful” for brass septet and timpani, Part 1, Moderato-Allegro vivo-con passione



Czech Brass
Marek Zvolánek, Stanislav Masaryk, Martin Pavluš trumpets
Lukáš Moťka, Stanislav Penk, Pavel Debef trombones
Karel Malimánek tuba

Robert Hugo organ, positive organ
Jakub Tengler timpani, baroque percussion
Lukáš Brabec timpani, baroque percussion


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DK2 — Czech Chamber Music Society • Prague Philharmonia Wind Quintet

Martinů Hall

What's on

Antonín Rejcha
Wind Quintet in E minor, Op. 88, No. 1

Darius Milhaud
La cheminée du roi René, Op. 205, suite for wind quintet

Václav Trojan
Divertimento for wind quintet

Norman Hallam
Dance Suite


Prague Philharmonia Wind Quintet
Jiří Ševčík flute
Jan Brabec clarinet
Vladislav Borovka oboe
Václav Fürbach bassoon
Mikuláš Koska French horn

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DK3 — Czech Chamber Music Society • Prague Philharmonic Children’s Choir

Martinů Hall

What's on

Zdeněk Lukáš
Missa brevis for three female voices and baritone solo, Op. 176 (13')
Agnus Dei

Slavomír Hořínka
Terni Psalmi, three psalms for à cappella children’s choir (18')
Domine, non est exaltatum
Quam dilecta tabernacula tua
Laudate Dominum

Bohuslav Martinů
Three Sacred Songs (Three Legends) for female chorus and violin, H 339 (11')
The Birth of Our Lord
The Ascension
The Way to Paradise

Benjamin Britten
A Ceremony of Carols for treble voices and harp, Op. 28 (22')
Wolcum Yole!
There is no rose
That yongë child
As dew in Aprille
This little babe
In Freezing Winter Night
Spring Carol
Deo gracias


Prague Philharmonic Children’s Choir
Petr Louženský choirmaster

Roman Janál baritone
Slavomír Hořínka violin
Kateřina Englichová harp

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DK4 — Czech Chamber Music Society • Thierry Escaich and Roman Hoza

Martinů Hall

What's on

Alexandre Pierre François Boëly
Fantasia and Fugue in B flat Major, Op. 18, No. 6

César Franck
Panis Angelicus
Chorale No. 2 in B Minor

Nicolas de Grigny
Hymn “Verbum supernum”

Thierry Escaich
Évocation IV (paraphrase of Nicolas de Grigny’s hymn “Verbum supernum”)
Improvised Fantasia and Fugue
Poémes Nos. 1 and 3 for Organ: Eaux natales – Vers l’espérance

Olivier Messiaen
Alleluias sereins, from the suite “L’Ascension” (1933–1934)
Joie et clarté des corps glorieux, from the suite “Les corps glorieux” (1939)

Maurice Duruflé
Toccata from the Suite for Organ, Op. 5

Thierry Escaich
Suite de danses improvises


Thierry Escaich organ

Roman Hoza baritone

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DK5 — Czech Chamber Music Society • Zemlinsky Quartet

Martinů Hall

What's on

Bedřich Smetana
String Quartet No. 2 in D minor (18')

Jan Novák
Quadricinium fidium, string quartet (18')

— Intermission —

Vítězslav Novák
Piano Quintet in A minor, Op. 12 (30')


Zemlinsky Quartet
František Souček violin I
Petr Střížek violin II
Petr Holman viola
Vladimír Fortin cello

Marek Kozák piano

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DK6 — Czech Chamber Music Society • Czech Philharmonic Winds

Martinů Hall

What's on

Igor Stravinsky
Concertino for 12 instruments (6')

Paul Hindemith
Der Schwanendreher, concerto for viola and small orchestra (28')

— Intermission —

Richard Strauss
Serenade in E flat major, Op. 7, for 13 wind instruments (10')

Leoš Janáček
Capriccio for piano left-hand and wind ensemble (20')


Czech Philharmonic Winds

Pavel Ciprys viola
Martin Kasík piano

Ondřej Vrabec conductor

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