the concert will finish at 10 pm
Beethoven & Bruckner: Heroic Entry into the New Season
Two Viennese masters, two majestic works, two first-class protagonists – all this suggests that the opening concert of the 26th season of PKF — Prague Philharmonia will be a grand event you should not miss. Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat Major that acquired the noble epithet Emperor and Bruckner’s Symphony No. 3 in D Minor, dedicated to the great Richard Wagner, are among the most recognised and most remarkable works by their composers. Ludwig van Beethoven’s Concerto is described as the last great concerto in the classical style and at the same the first Romantic piano concerto. The premiere of Anton Bruckner’s Symphony No. 3 had not been well received due to the unsuccessful conducting of the composer himself and the unwilling Vienna Philharmonic orchestra players. (Only seventeen people remained in the audience of the Musikverein, among them the famous Gustav Mahler, who out of respect for this grandiose piece later composed its piano version). Another admirer of the Symphony No. 3 was Richard Wagner whose musical quotes permeate the whole score — hence the nickname ‘Wagner-Symphonie’. Thanks to their monumentality and their decisive character both compositions are often described as ‘heroic’, Beethoven secured this characteristic even further by choosing the heroic key of E-flat Major, employed also in his Symphony No. 3 Eroica. A brilliant programme, the energetic chief conductor Emmanuel Villaume and the excellent skills of the pianist Simon Trpčeski promise to provide a truly impressive entry to the new 26th season.
Simon Trpčeski at the BBC Proms
Simon Trpčeski — piano
The Telegraph newspaper wrote that: “Trpčeski’s art is to probe deep beneath the notes and elicit the essential character and substance of a score.” Born in Macedonia, he has played with the world’s leading orchestras including the London and San Francisco symphony orchestras, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Orchester national de France, and the New York and Los Angeles philharmonics. He has taken his art to audiences in New York, London, Paris, Munich and Tokyo, to the most important global festivals in Aspen, Verbier, Bergen and the BBC Proms. In 2017 he was the resident artist at the Wigmore Hall in London. He has worked with such outstanding conductors as Gustavo Dudamel, Vladimir Jurowski, Susanna Mälkki, Andris Nelsons, Antonio Pappano, and Robin Ticciati, and he works in close collaboration with Vasily Petrenko. Practically all of his recordings have won awards: Diapason d´or, Gramophone Award, Editor’s Choice, etc. He continues to pass on his experience to young talents in his homeland of Macedonia. He starts the season with the PKF — Prague Philharmonia and the grandiose Piano Concerto No. 5 by Ludwig van Beethoven, popularly known as the “Emperor Concerto”.
Emmanuel Villaume — conductor
Emmanuel Villaume has been the principal conductor and music director of the PKF — Prague Philharmonia since the 2015-2016 season, and is in his seventh year as musical director of Dallas Opera. The 2019-2020 season sees his return to the Metropolitan Opera in New York, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London (with Puccini’s La Bohème in both cases), a gala concert with Plácido Domingo, and the very first classical music concert at the o2 universum in Prague, a newly established congress and cultural centre in Central Europe, with an international line-up for Ludwig van Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. Together with the soprano Diana Damrau he was awarded the prestigious ECHO Klassik award in the category Opera Album of the Year, for their recording of Meyerbeer’s arias in 2017. In December 2017 he conducted the much-anticipated Metropolitan Opera’s production of Puccini’s Tosca, broadcast as part of the MET: Live in HD to more than 2000 cinemas in 73 countries. He regularly works with prestigious opera houses around the world: the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, London; Deutsche Oper in Berlin, Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg, Metropolitan Opera New York, Lyric Opera in Chicago and San Francisco Opera. He has led productions in Washington National Opera, Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, Teatro Real in Madrid, Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, Bavarian State Opera and Teatro La Fenice. Maestro Villaume has conducted leading world orchestras: Bavarian Radio Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, Royal Philharmonic in London; Chicago, San Francisco and Boston Symphonic Orchestras, Los Angeles Philharmonic and NHK Symphony Orchestra in Tokyo. He is a sought-after partner of leading opera stars: Anna Netrebko, Diana Damrau, Bryan Hymel and Angela Gheorghiu. Born in Strasbourg in 1964, Emmanuel Villaume studied music at the Conservatoire de Strasbourg, followed by studies at École normale supérieure at the Sorbonne in Paris where he received degrees in literature, philosophy and musicology. As an author of noted articles on musicology, Emmanuel Villaume was appointed Dramaturge of the Opéra National du Rhin in Strasbourg at the age of 21. In the years 2001—2010 he was Music Director of Spoleto Festival. He holds an Honorary Doctorate from Indianapolis University.