the concert will finish at 10 pm
Prokofiev. Haydn. Beethoven: Classicism Three Times, Always Different
The fourth concert in the Orchestral series (A) under the baton of the Slovenian conductor Simon Krečič will assure us that Classical clarity and elegance are topical even in today’s world. In order to provide a complete picture of the style, the programme comprises its three different forms. The first is represented by Joseph Haydn. In the oeuvre of this oldest composer from the First Viennese School, the classical form and style crystallised and the symphony, one of the most important musical genres ever, took shape. Haydn composed more than one hundred symphonies. The last of them will be on the programme, the Symphony No. 104, called London, being one of the twelve symphonies in the series dedicated to the London impresario Johann Peter Salomon, who first introduced Haydn to ‘the city on the river Thames’. In Ludwig van Beethoven’s work, Classicism is considered to have achieved its consummate form, but the composer also heralds the up-coming Romanticism. Already at the time of its writing, Beethoven considered his Triple Concerto for Violin, Cello and Piano in C major a piece demonstrating a new approach and to this day, it remains the most important work for this instrumental set-up. In Prague, it will be performed by the remarkable Latvian female trio led by the excellent Baiba Skride. The search for new simplicity in the first half of the 20th century also led Sergey Prokofiev to classical methods. In an innovative combination of earlier practices and his own, modern musical language, he became one of the most significant representatives of neo-classicism. The premiere in 1918 of the transparent and above all very musically witty Symphony No. 1 opened for its composer the gates into a great musical world.
Baiba Skride plays LIVE Beethoven´s Violin Concerto in D major
Baiba Skride — violin
The British magazine Gramophone wrote that: “Skride has real feeling for the music’s extravagant yearning and she conveys it without ever slipping into cloying sentimentality.” One of the most distinctive artists of her generation, she is sure to be a highlight of the 2019-2020 season. Her career was boosted when she was a winner at the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels in 2001. Since then she has played with the world’s leading orchestras — the Berlin Philharmonic, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, the Boston, London and Chicago symphony orchestras, New York Philharmonic, Concertgebouw Orkest Amsterdam and Orchestre de Paris. Her CV includes appearances at the BBC Proms, the Tanglewood Music Festival, Schubertiade, at concert halls in London (Wigmore Hall), Hamburg (Elbphilharmonie), Vienna (Musikverein), Amsterdam (Concertgebouw), Paris (Louvre, Philharmonie de Paris) and other capital cities. She regularly works with conductors such as Christoph Eschenbach, Andris Nelsons, Kiril Petrenko, Yannick Nézet-Séguin and Susanna Mälkki. She is also a great promoter of contemporary music. For example, in 2019 she premiered Sebastien Currier’s Violin Concerto, and she will soon premiere the “Offertorium” Violin Concerto and Triple Concerto for Violin, Cello and Bayan by Sofia Gubaidulina. She has also left her mark on Czech music in a very original way. In 2007 she recorded Janáček’s Violin Concerto “Pilgrimage of the Soul’” with the Berlin Radio Orchestra.
Harriet Krijgh — cello
At the age of 27 the Dutch cellist, Harriet Krijgh, recipient of the title “Rising Star” for the 2015-2016 season from the European Concert Hall Organisation ECHO, can already boast of prestigious engagements with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, the London and Bamberg symphony orchestras, the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, the Boston Symphony Orchestra (debut at Carnegie Hall in 2017) and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France. In the 2018-2019 season she made her debut with the Munich Philharmonic, she performed for the first time for audiences in Asia, and was awarded the title of artist in residence as part of the leading European festival Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. She has not only made her mark as a soloist with prominent orchestras, but also as a chamber musician. In 2019 she became a member of the Artemis Quartet, she is a member of the Skride Quartet, and she has worked with the Quatuor Modigliani as well as the Signum Saxophone Quartet. In 2017 she took over the post of artistic director of the International Chamber Music Festival in Utrecht from Janine Jansen. In 2018 she signed an exclusive contract with Deutsche Grammophon.
Lauma Skride — piano
Lauma Skride is the youngest in the musical Skride family. Her older sisters are violinists and cellist, but she opted for a career as a concert pianist, which turned out to be very fortunate and a great bonus for the musical world. As a soloist she has appeared with orchestras such as the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, hr-Sinfonieorchester Frankfurt and the Dresden Philharmonic under the baton of conductors including Andris Nelsons, Yan Pascal Tortelier, Kristjan Järvi, Muhai Tang and Xian Zhang. Her career as a chamber musician has perhaps been even more interesting. Together with her sister Baiba, Harriet Krijgh and Lise Berthaud, she formed the Skride Quartet in 2016, which quickly became established as one of today’s most sought-after string quartets. It has performed at Vienna’s Musikverein, Laeiszhalle Hamburg, Concertgebouw Amsterdam and at the prestigious International Chamber Music Festival in Utrecht and the Schubertiade in Hohenems in Austria. She and her sister Baiba created the well-known brand name Duo Skride. At the same time, Lauma Skride also works with other outstanding musicians – Sol Gabetta, Jörg Widmann, Christian Tetzlaff, Daniel Müller-Schott and others. In 2007 she was awarded the ECHO Klassik prize in the category “Best Young Artist” for her recording of the piano cycle Das Jahr by Fanny Hensel. She has been particularly commended for her German repertoire and in 2008 she was awarded the Beethoven Ring. We can, therefore, be assured of a remarkable performance of Ludwig van Beethoven’s Triple Concerto.
Simon Krečič — conductor
The conductor Simon Krečič might be labelled the “dark horse” of the 2019-2020 season. The artistic director of the Opera Slovene National Theatre Maribor studied piano and conducting in Ljubljana and Bern. He was a winner at the Grosseto international conductors’ competition in Italy. He works regularly with the Slovenian Philharmonic and the RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra, and as an opera conductor with the Teatro Real in Madrid, the Teatro Verdi in Pisa, the Teatro Regio di Parma, the Teatro Verdi di Trieste and with opera festivals, particularly in Italy and Slovenia — Opera in piazza in Oderzo, the Verdi Festival in Busseto and the Dubrovnik Summer Festival. It is no surprise that the focal point of his opera repertoire is the French and Italian works of Rossini, Donizetti, Puccini, Verdi, Offenbach and Massenet, although he also presented Wagner’s Ring Cycle in Maribor in 2017. He has worked with top international singers such as José Cura, Piero Giuliacci and Bruno de Simone. He is making his Czech debut with the PKF — Prague Philharmonia.