The programme of the PKF – Prague Philharmonia 26th season 2019–2020 is announced! What have we prepared for you?
Fascinating dialogues between composers across centuries · A composition by artificial intelligence AIVA · A trip to the world of fantasy and a meeting with a robot in the Rudolfinum concerts for children · A concert in the swimming pool in the former army barracks as part of the Beauty of Today series…
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
Artists in the Orchestral Series A
In the next season, we shall welcome both internationally established artists as well as young musicians – the ‘rising stars’. The PKF will open the season with the Fifth Piano Concerto in E-flat Major ‘Emperor’ by Ludwig van Beethoven (Smetana Hall 11. 9. 2019); the soloist will be the excellent Macedonian pianist Simon Trpčeski, a recipient of many prestigious awards for his recordings and a regular guest of world orchestras and well-respected concert series, including at the Wigmore Hall. Also on the programme will be the trio Baiba Skride, Harriet Krijgh and Lauma Skride (Rudolfinum 3. 12. 2019) performing Beethoven’s Triple Concerto for Violin, Piano and Cello in C Major; Peter Nekoranec (Rudolfinum 15. 11. 2019) in Britten’s Les Illuminations, the French mezzo-soprano Stéphanie d´Oustrac – the great niece of Francis Poulenc and Jacques La Presle – in Berlioz’s The Death of Cleopatra (Rudolfinum 5. 6. 2020). The young French violinist Eva Zavaro will perform Wissmer’s Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 2 (Rudolfinum 8. 3. 2020). She is a pupil of Julia Fischer and the overall winner of the Johannes Brahms International Competition 2018 in Pörtschach, Austria, where she also received Vadim Repin’s Prize for best interpretation of a W. A. Mozart piece. The concert will be conducted by the twenty-eight-year-old Jiří Rožeň, who will have his debut in the 2019–2020 season also with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London. The season will see the return of Kaspar Zehnder to the orchestra for the first time since leaving the position of PKF chief conductor, and taking on the double role of conductor and flutist (Rudolfinum 28. 10. 2019). Another double-role of violinist and conductor will be taken up by Julian Rachlin in a Mozart-Schubert program in which he will be accompanied by violist Sarah McElravy (Rudolfinum 10. 5. 2020). Simon Krečič can be called the dark horse of the season; he is a Slovenian conductor, artistic director of the Opera of Slovenian National Theatre in Maribor and this concert will be his Czech debut (Rudolfinum 3. 12. 2019).