the concert will finish at 9.30 pm
Lenka Řeřichová — flute
When perfect sound meets a composing genius…
When you say the name Beethoven, most of us immediately think of his symphonies. The music to the ballet The Creatures of Prometheus has been left somewhat on the side-line, despite the fact that it is comparable to his symphonic works in terms of its effect. Beethoven incorporated into it all of his passion from the Enlightenment, creating a very accessible, clear work based on an allegory of the creation of men and women. The concert also includes works by Gluck and Rameau. These two men significantly influenced the musical life of Vienna and Prague. Rameau created an entirely new musical language and laid the foundations of modern harmony. Gluck was fascinated by his work and it was not by chance that his musical voice underwent a significant transformation during his stay in Paris. A slightly unusual journey by the PKF into the Baroque repertoire, with Harry Bicket at the conductor’s stand, promises to be a pleasant diversion in the forthcoming season’s programming as well as for the PKF in general.
Read more in Ludwig van Beethoven’s lost cause?
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.