IMF Dvořák Prague Festival - 2021

Czech Philharmonic, Sir András Schiff

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8:00 PM

Rudolfinum - Dvořák Hall

Praha 1

590 - 1990 CZK



The closing of this year’s Dvořák Prague Festival will be a true grand finale. The festival’s orchestra-in-residence, the Czech Philharmonic, will join forces with the Dvořák Prague Festival artist-in-residence, Sir András Schiff, who will take the stage not just as a pianist, but also – perhaps a bit surprisingly for some – as a conductor. However, no one familiar with his work at the helm of his Cappella Andrea Barca (the ensemble’s name is a translation of the maestro’s name into Italian) should be surprised; they know this is something to absolutely look forward to. Popular masterpieces by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Antonín Dvořák shine when given first-class performances by masterful interpreters.

The gates to Mozart’s music will be thrown open twice by dramatic chords in D minor – first with the overture to Don Giovanni, which was given its world premiere at Prague’s Estates Theatre, a venue that remains fantastic for Mozart’s music to this day. The ominous sound of the orchestra in D minor also opens a beautiful piano concerto, reminding us perhaps even more that Mozart’s music never fails to enthral, even at moments of seriousness.

The festival’s final moments will be devoted to the first series of Slavonic Dances. They give the impression that Dvořák had simply jotted them down during a moment of great joy. Concealed beneath the spontaneous surface of these wonderfully composed pieces is the touch of a master who can seemingly do whatever he wishes with music. Surprisingly, this performance, alongside the second series of Slavonic Dances, to be performed by the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra with Jakub Hrůša, will be the first playing of the orchestral versions of Dvořák’s Slavonic Dances in the festival’s history. The significance of this is further underscored when considering that both orchestras and Sir András are artists-in-residence at the 2021 Dvořák Prague Festival.



A. Mozart
Don Giovanni, Ouverture, K. 527

A. Mozart
Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 20 in D minor, K. 466

Antonín Dvořák
Slavonic Dances, series I, Op. 46, B. 83




SIR ANDRÁS SCHIFF conductor, klavír

Length 100 minutes
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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Antonín Dvořák

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