Today the Brno Philharmonic Embarks on a Tour of Japan

6 February 2019, 1:00
Today the Brno Philharmonic Embarks on a Tour of Japan

Today, 6 February 2019, the Brno Philharmonic is setting off on a tour of Japan. They will spend 18 days in Japan, with the orchestra giving a total of eleven concerts in ten concert halls in nine cities. The tour will involve eighty-three musicians, the conductor and two soloists. Works by B. Smetana, A. Dvořák, P. I. Tchaikovsky and L. van Beethoven will be performed in the concerts. This is the orchestra’s tenth tour in Asia.

Three musicians from the ranks of the Brno Philharmonic are from Japan. The drummer Tomoe Sonoda and the violinists Shiro Tatsuya and Hiroaki Goto will be performing in their native land for the first time with the Brno Philharmonic. “I am really looking forward to it, as are my family and friends. And together we still dream that together we will one day play Janáček, my great musical love, in Japan,” said Goto. The repertoire for the tour is built on the works of Smetana, Dvořák, Tchaikovsky and Beethoven. There will also be two soloists playing under the baton of Leoš Svárovský: one is the British cellist Matthew Barley, already known to Brno audiences as a soloist from the season before last. In four concerts he will be giving his interpretation of Dvořák’s Cello Concerto in B minor. “The second soloist is the pianist Aljoša Jurinić. This twenty-nine-year-old Croat has great talent, winning one international prize after another and playing with orchestras around the world. With us he will be playing Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto in B-flat minor in four different cities,” stated the orchestra’s manager Pavel Šindelář.

The orchestra departs today, that is February 6, and Brno audiences can look forward to hearing them again on March 7 and 8. Conducted by Alexander Liebreich they will perform works by Weber, Brahms, Wagner and the symphonic poem Death and Transfiguration by Richard Strauss, from which the title of the concerts is taken.

Tour Programme:

9/2/2019 Ibaraki-Ken Bunka Center, Ibaraki (Programme A)

10/2/2019 Naganocity Arts Center, Nagano (Programme A)

11/2/2019 Niigata Prefectural Civic Center, Niigata (Programme A)

13/2019 Olympus Hall Hachioji, Tokyo (Programme A)

15/2/2019 Tokyo Opera City, Tokyo (Programme B)

16/2/2019 Kawaguchi Sogo Bunka Center Lilia, Saitama (Programme B)

17/2/2019 Tokyo Opera City, Tokyo (Programme A)

19/2/2019 Yokohama Minato Mirai Hall, Kanagawa (Programme C)

20/2/2019 Act City Hamamatsu, Shizuoka (Programme B)

23/2/2019 The Symphony Hall, Osaka (Programme B)

24/2/2019 Kyoto Concert Hall, Kyoto (Programme D)

Programme A (Cello: Matthew Barley):

BEDŘICH SMETANA: Vltava from the cycle “Má Vlast”

ANTONÍN DVOŘÁK: Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104

ANTONÍN DVOŘÁK: Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95 “From the New World”

Programme B (Piano: Aljoša Jurinić):

PYOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY: Polonaise from the Opera Eugene Onegin

PYOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY: Piano Concerto in B-flat minor, Op. 23

PYOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony No. 6 in B minor, op. 74, “Pathetique”

Programme C:

BEDŘICH SMETANA: Má Vlast

Programme D:

BEDŘICH SMETANA: Vltava from the cycle “Má Vlast”

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67

ANTONÍN DVOŘÁK: Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95 “From the New World”

Encore:

ANTONÍN DVOŘÁK: Slavonic Dance, Op. 72, No. 7 (15)

 

Comments

Reply

No comment added yet..

The long-delayed premiere of the composition The Basement Sketches by composer Michal Nejtek, whose performance was planned for June 2020 and which was commissioned by the Brno Philharmonic, was finally performed on Thursday 25 November at the Community Hall (Besední dům) venue. Together with the Cellar Sketches, the Variations on a Theme by Haydn in B flat major, Op. 56a by Johannes Brahms and Cello Concerto Op. 22 by Samuel Barber were played. In addition to Brno Philharmonic players, cellist Matt Haimovitz and pianist Nikol Bóková also performed. The dramaturgically varied evening, consisting of three distinctly different musical pieces of work and period contexts, was led by the ensemble’s chief conductor Dennis Russell Daviesmore

On Monday 22 November, the second concert of the Brno Contemporary Orchestra’s festive tenth season, entitled Kamenné mantry (Stone Mantras), presented compositions by Fausto Romitelli, Michal Rataj, Miloslav Ištvan and the recently deceased (well known to Brno audiences) Lithuanian composer Bronius Kutavičius. In addition to the orchestra itself, there were also soprano singer Irena Troupová, marimba player Martin Opršál and reciter Pavel Zajíc, who replaced Otakar Blaha in the programme. The concert, organised in cooperation with the Moravian Museum, was conducted by the artistic director of the ensemble Pavel Šnajdrmore

The work by the British composer Benjamin Britten forms an essential part of contemporary opera production. Worldwide, he is even the most frequently staged author born in the 20th century.  Peter Grimes, with a libretto by Montagu Slater based on a poem by George Crabbe, became the opera that set the course for Britten's next musical-dramatic works. And it is with the title Peter Grimes that the Brno National Theatre has opened the opera part of the 2021/2022 season. The story of a rough and tumble fisherman, whose two young apprentices die soon after each other and who as a result sails out to sea, where he sinks his boat and himself with it, had its Czechoslovak premiere in Brno in June 1947. Almost 75 years after, the story of a fishing village, resentment, cruelty and gossip is now coming to life again in the Janáček Theatre, directed by David Radok and with a musical score by Marko Ivanović. The title role was played by tenor Joachim Bäckström and the widowed teacher Ellen Orford, who found affection in Grimes, was portrayed by soprano Jana Šrejma Kačírková. This is not the first time that these two have met on stage together – it was with Mark Ivanović and David Radok that they had previously joined forces for the play Juliette / Lidský hlas (Juliette/The Human Voice). Jana Hrochová (Auntie), Andrea Široká (Niece), Tereza Kyzlinková (Niece), Svatopluk Sem (Balstrode), Jitka Sapara-Fischerová (Mrs. Nabob Sedley), Jan Št'áva (Swallow), Vít Nosek (Bob Boles), Petr Levíček (Horace Adams), David Nykl (Hobson), Jiří Hájek (Ned Keene) and Ivo Šiler (Dr. Crabbe) were also featured, along with the others.  more

Under the “cipher” 29/2 (reads as “Twenty-ninth February”) there is a band that was created for a bit of fun. They used compositional techniques that should not work in songwriting at all. It has united musicians who, by definition, perhaps can never understand each other. And yet the result is an album of very strong songs that, despite all the experimentalism, makes sense and works as a whole.  more

Yesterday, Visitors to the Brno City Theatre experienced the Czech premiere of the Broadway musical hit Pretty Woman. Directed by Stanislav Moša, this theatrical adaptation of the famous blockbuster highlighted the strengths of the movie. Until the break, the viewer is mostly laughing royally and having fun in this tale of a modern Cinderella, and then in the second half the impressiveness and lyricism of the whole title is especially pronounced.  more