Updates: 10/13/2021 11:07 PM
Released: 13.10.2021, 21:40
Prague – The oldest Czechoslovak folk group Spiritual Quintet played the last of a series of fourteen farewell concerts today in the sold-out Prague Lucerna. After several additions, she ended her 60-year concert activity with the song Fresh Wind from the album of the same name since 2012, which was sung with it by a moved audience. During the concert, the founding member Jiří Tichota thanked the publication for his long-standing favor. “Without you, the Spirit song wouldn’t be that long,” said the 84-year-old musician.
The end of the performance, which the band did last year on the rosary. However, due to the coronavirus epidemic, its farewell to the public lasted until this autumn. The Spiritual Quintet launched a series of fourteen concerts last March 1. However, he managed to play only two until the declaration of a state of emergency. Then, last April 16, at the age of 82, singer and double bassist Dušan Vančura died suddenly. “Compared to the first concert, we lack one microphone,” stated Tichota.
Even before the first composition, the Spiritual Quintet on the screen remembered its former members Růžena Helebrantová called Odetta, Honza and František Nedvěd, Eva Lifková, Jarka Hadrabová, Irena Budweiserová, Lenka Slaba, Oldřich Ortinský or Karla Zicha.
The concert was opened by the song Green Plains. “Each of the songs that will be heard today will have a finale in our performance,” Tichota said to the storm of applause from the audience. Veronika Součková (vocals, percussion), Zdenka Tichotová (vocals, percussion), Jiří Cerha (vocals, percussion), Jiří Holoubek (vocals, guitar) and Pavel Peroutka (vocals, double bass) formed the farewell group of the Spiritual Quintet.
“I am convinced that none of us who have stood on that stage tonight and played in the Quintet for ten, fifteen or sixty years will ever experience anything like this in the musician’s life. It is unrepeatable. I once heard that the Spiritual Quintet is not just a band, but also a cultural and social phenomenon. When I was known to the Spiritual, I would resist it, now I can say that I agree, “Holoubek told ČTK.
The band offered their listeners their ballads and spirituals such as Tread on, The War of the Roses, Thirst or the Tower of Babel. She also welcomed the opera singer Dagmar Pecková, who was sitting in the auditorium and who performed with them some time ago. She joined the band with her singing in the restriction of dinner. The lyricist František Novotný was also a great success, traditionally composing a poem on the spot for four words randomly chosen by those present.
Even after the break, they waited for contemporary songs that many of them sang. Among other things, one of the oldest compositions of the Spiritual Wide Pride was heard, people joined the song Whistling Gypsy and sang hits with the band such as When the Right Comes Back to Us, Cruel War, For Your Truth to Stand, The Wayfarer or One Will Go On, the Czech version of the traditional We will overcome.
The Spiritual Quintet was founded in 1960 as a men’s quartet. In addition to guitarist Tichota, bassist Ivo Mácha, tenor Miroslav Keller and baritone Miloslav Kastelovič stood at his birth. The band, professionalized after 1989, had thousands of shows and sold hundreds of thousands of records. Her concerts were mostly sold out during communist totalitarianism.