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Czech Chamber Music Society • Kirill Gerstein


Programmes of the Czech Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra are usually prepared by the concertmasters. That will be different this season. One renowned artist leading the group will be pianist Kirill Gerstein.

Subscription series I | Duration of the programme 1 hour 50 minutes | Czech Chamber Music Society

Programme

Antonín Dvořák
Serenade for winds, cello, and double bass in D minor, Op. 44 (23')

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Symphony No. 38 in D major, K 504 “Prague” (30')

— Intermission —

Ludwig van Beethoven
Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major, Op. 15 (34')

Performers

Czech Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra

András Schiff piano, artistic direction 

Kirill Gerstein piano, artistic direction

Jan Fišer artistic direction

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Czech Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra  

“It is the fulfilment of a dream we shared with Jiří Bělohlávek: after two years of preparations, we are ushering in concerts of the Czech Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra. This name does not stand for one particular ensemble; instead it represents a project in which the orchestra members will be performing in various chamber groups,” said David Mareček, Chief Executive Officer of the Czech Philharmonic, in the spring of 2018. Jiří Bělohlávek was convinced that it was healthy for the Czech Philharmonic to play in a smaller ensemble with a repertoire spanning the Baroque to the present, where the musicians can hone their intonation, phrasing, and collaboration as individuals within a whole group. The Czech Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra, consisting exclusively of the members of the Czech Philharmonic assembled for a specific occasion, was officially established in the Czech Philharmonic’s 123rd season. Since then, the ensemble has already prepared fifteen projects presented both during the orchestra’s regular season at the Rudolfinum and at festival appearances.

Jan Fišer  violin

Jan Fišer

Jan Fišer is one of the most impressive young Czech violinists. He has been notably successful at international competitions and has collaborated with a number of leading orchestras and chamber music performers at home and abroad. Since 2004 he has been the concertmaster of the Prague Philharmonia, and since 2020 he has held the same position with the Czech Philharmonic. With the pianist Ivo Kahánek and the cellist Tomáš Jamník he belongs to the Dvořák Trio, which enjoys success on concert stages both in the Czech Republic and abroad. Jan Fišer also teaches—he is one of the mentors of the MenART Scholarship Academy, and he gives instruction regularly at music courses including the Ševčík Academy in Horažďovice and at the Music Academy in Telč. He is a graduate of the Prague Conservatoire, where he studied violin under Jaroslav Foltýn, and in 2003 he completed his studies at Carnegie Mellon University under Andrés J. Cárdenes. Thereafter he took part in masterclasses with Stephen B. Shipps, Pinchas Zukerman, Gil Shaham, and Joseph Silverstein. He plays a French violin from the early 19th century attributed to Francois-Louis Pique, which has been lent to him through the generosity of the Fidula Foundation.

Kirill Gerstein  piano, artistic director

Kirill Gerstein

The multifaceted pianist Kirill Gerstein has rapidly ascended into classical music’s highest ranks. His early training and experience in jazz has contributed an important element to his interpretive style. 

Mr. Gerstein is the sixth recipient of the prestigious Gilmore Artist Award. Since receiving the award in 2010, Mr. Gerstein has shared his prize through the commissioning of boundary-crossing works by Timo Andres, Chick Corea, Alexander Goehr, Oliver Knussen, and Brad Mehldau. Mr. Gerstein was awarded First Prize at the 2001 Arthur Rubinstein Piano Competition in Tel Aviv, received a 2002 Gilmore Young Artist Award, and a 2010 Avery Fisher Grant. 

In the 2018/2019 season Gerstein gives the world premiere performance of Thomas Adès’ new Piano Concerto with the Boston Symphony Orchestra conducted by the composer, with performances in Boston and in Carnegie Hall, New York. Elsewhere in this season, Gerstein appears with the London Symphony Orchestra and Sir Mark Elder. He performs in China with the Shanghai and Guangzhou Symphony Orchestras, with the Rotterdam Philharmonic, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra, Dresden Staatskapelle, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Helsinki Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony, and the Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paolo. He plays recitals in London, Stuttgart, Lisbon, Singapore, Melbourne and Copenhagen, as well as chamber performances with the Hagen Quartet, Veronika Eberle and Clemens Hagen in Lucerne, and with actor Bruno Ganz for recitals in Germany and Austria. 

In autumn 2018 Gerstein’s recording of Scriabin’s Prometheus: The Poem of Fire, with the Oslo Philharmonic and Vasily Petrenko was released on LAWO Classic’s. Future recording releases this season include Busoni’s Piano Concerto on myrios classics in spring 2019 and Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto Nos. 1–3 in summer 2019, part of Semyon Bychkov’s Tchaikovsky Project recorded for Decca with the Czech Philharmonic. 

Born in 1979 in Voronezh, in southwestern Russia, Mr. Gerstein studied piano at a special music school for gifted children and while studying classical music, taught himself to play jazz by listening to his parents’ extensive record collection. After coming to the attention of vibraphonist Gary Burton, who was performing at a music festival in the Soviet Union, Mr. Gerstein came to the United States at 14 to study jazz piano as the youngest student ever to attend Boston’s Berklee College of Music. After completing his studies in three years and following his second summer at the Boston University program at Tanglewood, Mr. Gerstein turned his focus back to classical music and moved to New York City to attend the Manhattan School of Music, where he studied with Solomon Mikowsky and earned both Bachelors and Masters of Music degrees by the age of 20. He continued his studies in Madrid with Dmitri Bashkirov and in Budapest with Ferenc Rados. An American citizen since 2003, Mr. Gerstein now divides his time between the United States and Germany. 

A committed teacher and pedagogue, Gerstein taught at the Stuttgart Musik Hochschule from 2007–2017 and from autumn 2018 he teaches as part of Kronberg Academy’s newly announced Sir András Schiff Performance Programme for Young Artists.

Compositions

Antonín Dvořák
Serenade for winds, cello, and double bass in D minor, Op. 44

Antonín Dvořák’s Serenade in D minor, Op. 44, is a work of lightness and ease, entirely in line with the historical role of compositions of this genre. Originally, serenades were musical pieces performed by lovelorn cavaliers under the windows of their fair ladies. The instrumental form of the serenade had a cyclical structure imitating such an early evening performance, including the arrival of musicians, gallant courtship, and love songs. Dvořák’s Serenade in E major, Op. 11, of an earlier date was written for strings, and it became so popular that he composed another such work for instruments from different families, namely the winds accompanied by a cello and a double bass. The Serenade in D minor, Op. 44, came into being in two weeks in January 1878. The classical Mozart-type serenade has been transformed by Dvořák into a presentation of the Czech form of this composition, most notably in the Minuetto movement which is more reminiscent of the Czech folk dance sousedská with traces of the rhythm of a furiant in the middle section. After the lyrical Andante comes the final movement, characterized by a polka rhythm.

Ludwig van Beethoven
Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major, Op. 15

The first unfinished attempt at a piano concerto by Ludwig van Beethoven dates from 1784. Between 1787 and 1790 Beethoven composed Piano Concerto in B flat major, Op. 19. He revised it several times, and this is why it is designated as his second piano concerto (the first being Piano Concerto in C major, Op. 15, although it came into being as late as 1795). In total, Beethoven composed five piano concertos, leaving the sixth one uncompleted. The Piano Concerto in C major is evidently influenced by Mozart. However, advances in piano construction had enabled Beethoven to enrich the solo part with new elements, to deepen the links between musical ideas of the individual movements in the formal structure, and to considerably expand the harmonic aspect and instrumentation of the accompanying orchestra – in the Piano Concerto in C major he used timpani, clarinets and trumpets in the orchestra for the first time. The first movement opens with an exposition of a march-like character played by the orchestra, which also introduces the second theme. The recapitulation concludes with a technically demanding solo piano cadenza. The cadenzas were originally improvised and formed part of the spontaneous compositional process of Beethoven as both composer and performer; however, in 1809 he worked out a notated cadenza and did so for his subsequent concertos. The final movement in rondo form shows Haydn’s influence in its humorous character. The Piano Concerto in C major was probably first heard on 29 March 1795 in the Hofburg Theater in Vienna on a special concert held for the benefit of the Vienna Composers Society, which looked after the welfare of musicians’ widows and orphans. The main number on the program was an oratorio to the libretto Gioas re di Giuda by Pietro Metastasio, set to music by many composers, this time by the now forgotten Antonio Casimir Cartellieri (1772–1807), a musician in the service of the Lobkowitz family. Beethoven’s new piece was performed as an interlude. “The renowned Ludwig van Beethoven earned the undivided applause of the audience with a completely new concerto on the pianoforte written by himself,” wrote the Wiener Zeitung on 1 April 1795. However, according to some musicologists Beethoven actually played the Piano Concerto in B flat major on this occasion, and the Piano Concerto in C major was likely premiered on 18 December of the same year at an academy in the Redoutensaal hosted by Haydn, who invited Beethoven there. On 29 March 1800, the Wiener Zeitung published the following announcement: “On 2 April 1800, Herr Ludwig van Beethoven will have the honor to give a grand concert for his benefit in the Hofburg Theater.” There the Piano Concerto in C major was performed in its revised, definitive version.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Symphony No. 38 in D major, K 504, “Prague”

Following the success of the first Prague performance of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, which took place in December 1786 at the Nostitz (Estates) Theater, “a group of great connoisseurs and lovers of music” – as Leopold Mozart wrote to his daughter on 12 January 1787 – invited the composer to Prague. Mozart did indeed come to Prague the following month, saw his Figaro and conducted the performance himself on 22 January 1787. Three days before, on 19 January, he had held a musical academy at the Nostitz Theater, during which he played the piano and performed his Symphony in D major (KV 504), which later became to be known as the Prague Symphony. Mozart scholars are still not agreed on the original purpose for which it was composed, perhaps for the (undocumented) academy in Vienna. This would suggest that Mozart sketched the final movement as early as the spring of 1786, but then set the work in progress aside. Further information about the new symphony is in Mozart’s own list of compositions from early December 1786. Whether the work was completed for a forthcoming trip to Prague or for another occasion, the Prague concert is in any case its first demonstrable performance. The symphony is in three movements, without a dance movement, and even on this point musicologists are not agreed; some believe that Mozart deliberately returned to an earlier type of Italian sinfonia, others claim that during the course of the work he felt the minuet to be too different in style, or that he excluded it because it was no longer “fashionable”, or that the reason was simply the lack of time. The first movement in sonata form begins with a slow introduction, the longest Mozart ever wrote, which foreshadows the overture to Don Giovanni; the allegro section is one of the most beautiful examples of Mozart’s polyphonic artistry, the rhythmical aspect of which is characterized by forward rushing syncopations. The second movement’s quiet, highly chromaticized andante, orchestrated without trumpets and timpani, is also in sonata form and is followed by a buffo finale. Its opening theme is reminiscent of the duet of Susanna and Cherubino from Act II of Le nozze di Figaro, so for the Prague audience it was a reference to a work they knew well. Like in the previous movements, Mozart works only with the main theme in the sonata development. The musicologist Alfred Einstein considered the finale of the Prague Symphony to be “one of those peculiar Mozartian movements that, in spite of seeming joyfulness and perfection, leave a wound in the soul: here, beauty is associated with death.”

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