Updates: 09/24/2021 22:04
Released: 24.09.2021, 22:04
Prague – Closing concert of the 14th Dvořák International Music Festival Prague today in the Prague Rudolfinum offered music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Antonín Dvořák performed by the Czech Philharmonic. The leading Czech orchestra was conducted by András Schiff, who performed Mozart’s Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 20 in D minor in his better-known role as a pianist. The British conductor of Hungarian origin, after performing a solo work of this work, experienced a standing ovation before the break.
The concert was sold out. This year, the organizers met again with great public interest, according to their information, the festival was visited by almost 15,000 spectators. “We are extremely pleased with the interest of the spectators in each individual concert, and we are pleased that in accordance with the valid regulations, the program was achieved in all its planned breadth,” said Jan Simon, the director of Dvořák’s Prague.
Today’s performance began with a prelude to Mozart’s opera Don Giovanni, which the author wrote directly for Prague in 1787 and also personally conducted at the Estates Theater, then the Nostic Theater. This was followed by the Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 20 in D minor, after which the enthusiastic audience applauded the addition. After the break, the festival ended with the first line of Dvořák’s Slavonic Dances, which followed on from this year’s performance of the 2nd. a series of Slavonic dances performed by the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra with Jakub Hrůša.
One of the world’s most respected pianists, Schiff, performed for the third time today at this year’s Dvořák’s Prague Festival, of which he was a resident artist. During a solo recital on September 17, he performed compositions by Leoš Janáček and Robert Schumann, and on September 20, together with members of the Panoch Quartet and cellist Petr Hejný, he presented both Dvořák’s Piano Quintets and Trivia for Two Violins, Cello and Harmony. He also received the Antonín Dvořák Award in 2021.
Dvořák’s Prague was opened on September 6 in Rudolfinum by the Cello Concerto in B minor and Antonín Dvořák’s New World Symphony performed by Filarmonica della Scala. The festival offered visitors 28 events, including 25 concerts. Six programs were designed for children and students, three of which were master classes. Ten orchestras performed at the festival, five of them foreign, four Czech and one student. Over 60 adepts of performing arts from among the students received the opportunity on the stage of Dvořák’s Prague in addition to the top performers and in direct comparison with it, gradually more than 700 artists took turns on the stages.
The organizer of the festival, the Academy of Classical Music, is also a co-organizer of the Concertino Praga competition with Czech Radio. The public final rounds of this year’s competition in the chamber and solo category will take place at the festival on 17 and 18 September. They also christened two recording projects there – on September 8 a set of four CDs with a complete piano work by Antonín Dvořák interpreted by Ivo Kahánek and on September 11 a CD Gingerbread Cottage by Jan Kučera and the Prague Children’s Opera.
The fifteenth year of Dvořák’s Prague will take place from 8 to 25 September 2022. More information can be found at pages festival.