Toshio Hosokawa – written for PRSO
Rudolfinum, 14 June 2021 at 7:30 p.m.
Leoš Janáček: The Cunning Little Vixen Suite
Toshio Hosokawa: Concerto for violin and orchestra, Czech premiere co-commissioned by Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra
Alexander Zemlinsky: Lyric Symphony
Veronika Eberle – violin
Johanna Winkel – soprano
Adam Plachetka – bass baritone
Alexander Liebreich – conductor
The grand final concert will bring a combination of Central European music that originated in the 1920s and Japanese music from the beginning of the second decade of the twenty-first century. Before the pause, the suite from one of Leoš Janáček’s most original operas, The Cunning Little Vixen, and the Czech Premiere of Toshio Hosokawa’s Violin Concerto. One of the most important Japanese composers wrote the piece for the violinist Veronika Eberle, who will premiere the concerto in Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie. In the second half of the evening, the orchestra will be joined by the excellent German soprano Johanna Winkel and the Czech bass-baritone of world renown and a regular performer with the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, Adam Plachetka. Together with conductor Alexander Liebreich, they will perform the Lyric Symphony from the long-standing Chief Conductor of the New German Opera, Alexender Zemlinsky. The work, on texts from Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore, which is more of a large song cycle than a symphony in the traditional sense of the word, had its premiere in Prague in 1924. Its performance promises an impressive end to the season.