Leoš Janáček

Like Bedrich Smetana and Antonín Dvorák, Leoš Janáček is indissolubly linked with the traditional line of Czech national music. Many of his works, such as the operas "Jenufa", "Katia Kabanova" and "Příhody Li?ky Bystrou?ky" ("The Cunning Little...  more

Overture to "From the House of the Dead"

Ludwig van Beethoven

Ludwig van Beethoven, born in December 1770 in Bonn into a musical family, attracted attention early in his life thanks to his outstanding musical talent. In 1792 the Prince Elector of Bonn sent him to Vienna to enable him to perfect his knowledge...  more

Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 3 in C minor, Opus 37

"One of the most splendid pieces ever written in this genre," said Friedrich Rochlitz, editor of the Allgemeine Musikalische Zeitung, in a review of Beethoven´s third piano concerto published in the early 19th century. When Beethoven composed this...

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Intermission

Antonín Dvořák

Born on September 19th 1841 in today´s Czech Republic, Antonín Dvořák was regarded by his contemporaries as a kind of composing "nature boy" - inspired, unacademic and drawing directly from the sources of Czech and Slavic folklore, he ranks along...  more

Symphony No. 6 in D major, Op. 60

The Symphony No. 6 is the first symphony by Antonín Dvořák, which was not composed for a desk drawer, but rather for the discerning audience of the Vienna Philharmonic. Preceded by the marketing idea of his publisher Simrock, who – spurred on by the...

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Jakub Hrůša, conductor

Born in the Czech Republic and described by Gramophone as ‘on the verge of greatness’, Jakub Hrůša is Chief Conductor of Bamberg Symphony, Permanent Guest Conductor of the Czech Philharmonic, Principal Guest Conductor of Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony...  more

Arcadi Volodos, piano

Acclaimed as a “keyboard genius”, Arcadi Volodos is without a doubt one of the world’s finest and most prominent pianists. His boundless virtuosity along with his unique sense of phrasing, colour and poetry have made him an ideal “narrator” of...  more