Barber. Mendelssohn. Tchaikovsky
6.00 pm Welcome drink and a tour of the exhibition
6.30 pm Meeting with Stories from the Arts. The curators of the Lobkowicz Collections reveal their treasures
7.00 pm Concert in the Imperial Hall
8.15 pm Meeting the musicians over a glass of wine with refreshments prepared by the Chef of the Lobkowicz Palace
“We portray our personality through our playing.”
He was only 21 when he became the first clarinettist of the Berlin Philharmonic, when in 2009 he swapped his studies at Harvard for a scholarship at the Orchestral Academy of this prestigious body. He is now 30 and is one of the most popular musicians of his generation with more than 50,000 fans on Facebook, which attracts mainly young audiences like a magnet.
He was the first solo clarinettist in history to sign an exclusive contract with Deutsche Grammophon. He has worked with Janine Jansen, Sol Gabetta and Yuja Wang, with whom he toured the world last year, including a stop at New York’s Carnegie Hall.
He began playing the clarinet when he was 13, following in the footsteps of his father and brother, who are linked to the competition – the Vienna Philharmonic.
Today he is a world celebrity in classical music, so we can safely assume that the new season will open in great style.
The final evening of this series features a very diverse programme, when we will hear works by three composers who wrote music at different periods and in different countries. The Adagio for Strings by the American conductor Samuel Barber became one of the most popular pieces of 20th-century classical music. Another composition purely for strings for this evening will be Petr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings. The four-movement composition was written in 1880. In the first part, Pezzo in forma di Sonata, Tchaikovsky refers to the music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, who he admired unreservedly. Primarily, however, the Serenade is proof of Tchaikovsky’s melodic mastery and shows him as a composer working along the lines of European Romanticism.
Alongside these works for strings, the programme also offers a selection from Felix Mendelssohn’s Songs Without Words. He himself invited the idea of songs without words and went on to write nearly four dozen of them for the piano. He composed some of the earliest for his sister, Fanny Mendelssohn, while one of the later volumes was dedicated to Clara Schumann. Here we will hear a selection of songs arranged for strings and clarinet: the solo part will be performed by the first clarinettist of the Berlin Philharmonic, Andreas Ottensamer.
Price of a season ticket: CZK 16 000.
The season ticket is valid for a calendar year and is transferable, covers all four concerts in the series, a designated seat in the hall, and an invitation to all of the evening’s activities.
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