Drejsl & Voříšek – CANCELLED

12. říjen 2020

Rudolfinum, 12 October 2020, 7:30 pm.

Radim Drejsl: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra
Jan Václav Hugo Voříšek: Symphony in D Major, op. 23

Marek Šedivý – conductor
Karel Košárek – piano

The highly political composer Radim Drejsl, viewed by many as one of the most talented Czech composers of his generation, was more than just the author of communist propaganda songs: he also wrote wrongly overlooked concert works. He died in mysterious circumstances shortly before his thirtieth birthday. That was in 1953, after his return from the Soviet Union. The body of work he left included a Wind Quintet, a Symphony for Strings and a Concerto for Piano and Orchestra, which is considered his greatest work. “It’s remarkable that this piece was written as his diploma work for completing his composition studies at the Academy of the Performing Arts,” says the evening’s soloist, Karel Košárek. “It is the work of an extremely talented composer, who unfortunately died before his talent could make him one of the most interesting musical figures of the second half of the twentieth century.” The evening will culminate with the only symphony by Jan Václav Hugo Voříšek, the Czech composer, pianist, organist and conductor from the turn of the classical and romantic eras. He studied under Jan Tomášek and used to visit Beethoven, who praised his piano Rhapsody, in Vienna. Voříšek’s Symphony in D Major, an extremely inventive and energetic work, is one of his greatest works and bears comparison with the symphonies of Beethoven or Schubert. The performance of this composition, under the baton of chief guest conductor of the Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra, promises to be one of the high points of autumn part of the season.

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The organizer reserves the right to change the program and performers.

For safety reasons, the originally planned programme has been replaced by the above programme. We decided to change the programme because of the new measures announced by the Czech government and for preventive reasons (the number of performers for some pieces). Thank you for your understanding.

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