Bach. Mozart

Orchestral series A


Dvořák Hall Rudolfinum
Jan Palach Square 79/1, Prague


CZK 900 | 760 | 580 | 390 (SL/E*) | CZK 150 (ST*)
Donor’s ticket CZK 3 000
*SL/E partial view and organ gallery above the stage
*ST standing

Individual tickets are available from June 14th, 2021.

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Johann Sebastian Bach, arr. Igor Stravinsky
Four Preludes and Fugues from The Well-Tempered Clavier
Johann Sebastian Bach
Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major BWV 1068
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, arr. Harry Bicket
Fantasia in F minor/major (after Fantasia in F minor KV 594)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Symphony No. 34 in C major KV 338

Combination of the old and the new

Every concert of classical music represents a certain clash of past and present. In the dramaturgy of the second subscription concert, however, the combination of the old and the new is even more consistent. We will move to German-speaking countries that have shaped the musical culture of Europe just like France.

The focus of the program is the music by Bach and Mozart, composers whose opuses are considered pillars of classical music. We will hear the geniuses of Bach and Mozart “in the original” in musical genres quite characteristic of the time in which they lived.

Bach’s Orchestral Suite No. 3 is generally known mainly for Air, its only movement which is not a dance. Mozart’s jubilant Symphony No. 34 in C major came into being at the end of one period of the composer’s life – it is the last symphony he wrote in Salzburg. Other compositions in the program prove that the works of Bach and Mozart have been and still are an inspiration for younger creators. The orchestration of four preludes and fugues from Bach’s iconic Well-Tempered Clavier was created in 1969 as the very last work by the equally iconic Igor Stravinsky.

A curious piece in the program is the arrangement of Mozart’s Fantasia in F minor, which was commissioned for a musical clock, a popular mechanical toy in its time. It was transformed into an orchestral form by Harry Bicket, a renowned specialist in the music of Baroque and Classicism, who will also take up the baton tonight. 

Harry Bicket conducting at BBC Proms

Harry Bicket, credit: Richard Haughton

Harry Bicket — conductor

The British conductor, harpsichordist and organist, Harry Bicket, is an internationally recognised interpreter of the Baroque and Classical repertoire. In 2013 the artistic director of the respected The English Concert orchestra was named chief conductor of the opera in Santa Fe, where he opened the 2014 season with a wonderful production of Beethoven’s Fidelio.

As an opera conductor, he has also worked with the Lyric Opera of Chicago (Carmen, Rinaldo), the Canadian Opera Company (Maometto II, Hercules) and the Metropolitan Opera in New York (Rodelinda, La Clemenza di Tito, Giulio Cesare). He has appeared as a guest director with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, the Rotterdam Philharmonic and the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra. He is a regular guest at numerous prestigious festivals and opera houses (Glyndebourne Festival, Bavarian State Opera, Royal Opera House). He has been nominated several times for a Grammy for his recordings.

He studied at the Royal College of Music in London and at Oxford University. 

With support
Hl.město Praha
Ministerstvo kultury
General partner
Komerční banka
Principal partner
General media partner
Česká televize
Principal media partner
Hospodářské noviny
Centrální depozitář cenných papírů
Mozart Prague