The Czech Ensemble Baroque invites you to watch a concert that will be streamed online from Besední dům. Händel’s oratorio will resound around the hall

16 February 2021, 1:00
The Czech Ensemble Baroque invites you to watch a concert that will be streamed online from Besední dům. Händel’s oratorio will resound around the hall

The Czech Ensemble Baroque is preparing for another live concert. This time, the Power of Music – the oratorio by Händel, one in which the author included all his theatre experience – can be watched from the comfort of your own home. Performed in English – with Czech subtitles available, the show will feature Markéta Böhmová, Jaroslav Březina and Jiří Miloslav Procházka as the key soloists.

When George Friedrich Händel arrived in London in 1710, the Italian opera was his main focus. For many years, his productions were well attended but gradually, as tastes began to change, his popularity with the public declined. Accordingly, Händel decided to regain the favour of the stiff English audience in the most direct way. In 1736, Newburgh Hamilton, a playwright and poet, encouraged Händel to set to music Alexander’s Feast, John Dryden’s famous poem, which the composer did, keeping the lyrics in English. “Händel added all his theatre-related experience to the original Purcell-like concept of his Ode for St. Cecilia’s  Day, making use, as much as possible, of the orchestral range of colours. He also avoided the risk of static description through surprising recitatives and orchestral colour, which corresponds to the poem’s title, the Power of Music,” as the conductor Roman Válek describes the composer’s approach. The live streaming of the concert will start at 7.30 p.m. on 17 February 2021. You can watch it on the YT channel of the ensemble.

Alexander’s Feast sings the celebration of Alexander the Great conquering Persia. Although the work highlights the power of the monarch, equally strong is the character of Timothy the Musician, who, through his artistic skills, prevails over the emotions of a powerful warrior to gradually reshape him with the power of music. The artist encourages Alexander to burn down the city of Persepolis in revenge for the murder of the Greeks. However, the story does not end with an ironic comparison of the power of a musician and the great strength of a conqueror. As the oratorio nears its end, Händel and Hamilton call upon St. Cecilia to help. While a humble servant may be strong, the best music always has more power to encourage and empower his listeners.

Georg Friedrich Händel: Alexander’s Feast, HWV75; the 5th concert within the series entitled Bacha na Mozarta! (translates as Bach & Mozart in Focus)

Soli: Jaroslav Březina – tenor, Markéta Böhmová – soprano, Jiří Miloslav Procházka – bass

Concertmaster: Elen Machová

Chorusmaster: Tereza Válková

Conductor: Roman Válek

Concert recorded by: Operachot

Recording director: Jakub Kořínek

CEB/ Photograph from the ensemble’s archives



No comment added yet..

As part of the Ibérica Festival, Catalan singer-songwriter Magalí Sare performed with guitarist Sebastià Gris from Mallorca on 17 June 2022 in Brno. The following interview was conducted immediately after the concert.  more

Last year they were the stars of Brasil Fest Brno. This year they will be welcomed to Náměšt’ nad Oslavou, where they will perform on 25 July at the Folk Holidays as part of an evening called Poetry in Every Song. In the meantime, they have played at the WOMEX world music fair in Portugal and the sold-out spring festival Budapest Ritmo. Above all, they were awarded the prestigious prize of Songlines magazine, today’s most respected periodical in world music. They call themselves Ayom, and alongside Brazilian singer Jabu Morales, they are made up of musicians from Angola, Greece, and Italy. Our questions were answered by accordionist and composer Alberto Becucci, guitarist Pedro Bastos João, and of course the charismatic singer and drummer.  more

On Friday, 29 July, at the Folk Holidays in Náměšt’ nad Oslavou, the group L’Alba from Corsica will perform, combining traditional Mediterranean polyphony with the music of many nations, not only from southern Europe. Its album A Principiu, released last March, was voted by the World Music Charts Europe jury as the sixth best album from around the world in 2021. guitarist and vocalist Ghjuvanfrancescu Mattei answers our questions on behalf of L’Alba.  more

This year’s 27th edition of the Concentus Moraviae Festival is history after almost a month of music. The gala closing concert at the Zlín Congress Centre presented a program of songs by Ernest Chausson, Igor Stravinsky, Johannes Brahms, Richard Strauss, Leoš Janáček and Antonín Dvořák. Magdalena Kožená, mezzo-soprano and patron of the show, performed as a soloist. She was joined by pianist and conductor Sir Simon Rattle, flutist and this year’s Artist in Residence Kaspar Zehnder, violinist Giovanni Guzzo, violinist Rahel Maria Rilling, violist Amihai Grosz, cellist Dávid Adorján, and clarinettist Christopher Richards. Dvořák’s songs were specially arranged for this ensemble by the English composer and conductor Duncan Ward.  more

This year's 27th edition of the Concentus Moraviae Music Festival is slowly coming to a grand finale as a joint concert by flutist and artist in residence Kaspar Zehnder, mezzo-soprano and patron of the festival Magdalena Kožená, and her husband, pianist and conductor Sir Simon Rattle. On Friday 24 June, at one of the last concerts of the culminating festival, artist-in-residence Kaspar Zehnder, together with his friends Giovanni Guzzo (violin), Rahel Maria Rilling (violin), Amihai Grosz (viola), Dávid Adorján (cello), Wolfgang Klinser (clarinet), and Anaïs Gaudemard (harp), prepared the dramaturgy of Friday's chamber concert in the library of the Náměšť Castle.  more