At the beginning of September, Prague will resonate with tones that are familiar the world over. This year The Dvořákova Praha International Music Festival, named for the Czech composer Antonín Dvořák, will open its imaginary doors for the eighth time. Actually, eight years in the life of a festival is rather a short time. Despite (or, perhaps, thanks to) its youth, Dvořákova Praha is a musical feast extraordinaire. In SOFFA 10, we uncover some Czech musical gems under the guidance of three musicians, who for us have become the festival's faces this year, are just that: young.
We chatted with these three young and talented musicians, violinist Jan Mráček and pianists Ivo Kahánek and Lukáš Klánský, who share with you their rapport with Antonín Dvořák and with music.
And we have also prepared a short playlist of examples of Antonín Dvořák's works. It was put together for us by Jan Mráček, Ivo Kahánek and Lukáš Klánský, who selected their favourite compositions. We wish you pleasant listening!
PLAYLIST: FAVOURITE DVOŘÁK BY YOUNG ARTISTS FOR SOFFA
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Piano Trio No. 4 in E Minor, Op. 90 "Dumky" (chosen by Lukáš Klánský) - from album Smetanovo trio: Dvořák: Trio č.3 f moll, op. 65; Dumky, op. 90, Supraphon Music
Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104 (chosen by Lukáš Klánský and Jan Mráček) - from album Dvořák: Complete Cello Works, Supraphon
Piano Trio No. 3 in F minor, Op. 65 (chosen by Ivo Kahánek) - from album Smetanovo trio: Dvořák: Trio č.3 f moll, op. 65; Dumky, op. 90, Supraphon Music
Piano Quintet in A major, Op. 81 (chosen by Ivo Kahánek) - from album Dvořák: Smyčcový kvintet G dur, op. 77; Klavírní kvintet č.2 A dur, op. 81, Supraphon Music
Mazurek in E minor, Op. 49 (chosen by Jan Mráček) - from album The Best of Czech Classics. Dvořák - koncerty, Supraphon Music
Symphony No. 8 in G major, Op. 88 "English" (chosen by all three) - from album Symfonie č.8 G dur, op. 88, Česká filharmonie, Václav Talich, Supraphon
Would you like to get know more about Dvořákova Praha festival or buy tickets for a concert? The festival programme may be found at: www.dvorakovapraha.cz
All extracts by Supraphonline.cz.