This season we again aim to offer you ‘balanced diversity’, choosing themes that unite our programming and give them deeper meaning, a cause for reflection as well as a good story line. In the 2019—2020 season, our principal leitmotif will be compositions in which composers in various creative ways re-work, quote or reconstruct works of their contemporaries or predecessors, or have been inspired by them. You will hear for example Bruckner’s ‘Wagner-Symphonie’ with quotes from Richard Wagner’s operas, Tchaikovsky’s ‘Mozartiana’, Nostalgia for Mozart by Jan Klusák, Brahms’s Fourth Symphony built around the theme from the closing movement of Johann Sebastian Bach’s cantata Nach dir, Herr, verlanget mich, Ravel’s orchestration of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, and the audacious, but thoroughly ingenious re-working of Schubert’s last musical fragments by Luciano Berio in the piece Rendering.
This fascinating dialogue between composers across centuries is there for you to discover in all concerts throughout the new season. Yet I would like to bring to your attention one of them, as it is somewhat unusual. It is not a discourse between two human beings but between the composer and artificial intelligence in the latest stages of its development. A daring experiment that we shall present in November in our Orchestral Series.
AIVA / Antonín Dvořák: From the Future World – Part I, Ivo Kahánek – piano