Znojmo Music Festival: Andreas Scholl, Adam Plachetka and Pavel Šporcl

Znojmo Music Festival: Andreas Scholl, Adam Plachetka and Pavel Šporcl

Znojmo Music Festival enters its 15th season this year. The programme includes concerts, opera performances, gastronomy and a programme for children. The opening concert, performed by the patron of the festival Pavel Šporcl and the PKF - Prague Philharmonia under the baton of Derek Gleeson, is dedicated to the reminder of the fall of the Iron Curtain. The culmination of the festival is the premiere of the scenic oratorio Saul by G. F. Handel. The title roles will be performed by Andreas Scholl and Adam Plachetka. The show will be directed by Tomáš Pilař.

The festival promises performances of Czech and foreign musicians, especially in the field of classical music, but also dulcimer bands, jazz and other crossover programs. The theme of this year's festival is "music of kings", that is why performers prepare their performances tailored to the festival, choosing works of composers who worked at royal courts. We will hear music by G. F. Handel, A. Dvořák, A. Vivaldi, J. Downland and other composers. Every year, the festival invites us to places where concerts normally are not held. "This year, we will visit the provostry of Hradiště, the Podyjí / Thayatal National Park, the magical pilgrimage site Heiliger Stein, the Vranov chateau, the Uherčice chateau and the chateau in Písečná," enumerated the festival director and founder Jiří Ludvík.

The opening concert is dedicated to the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Iron Curtain, before which the Znojmo district was divided by from Austria with a barbed wire fence. Traces of the borderline are still visible in the Znojmo district. The anniversary of a historical moment, when the Czech-Austrian cultural region once merged once again, will be marked by the festival with several events. One of them is in particular the opening concert led by Pavel Šporcl accompanied by PKF - Prague Philharmonia under the baton of Derek Gleeson. The end of the festival will belong to the scenic oratorio Saul by G. F. Handel. A so-called festival stagiona will be created right in Znojmo, where a unique production prepared for the area of the Riding Hall of the Loucký Monastery will take place. In the lead role, the bass-baritone Adam Plachetka will perform. The world-renowned German countertenor Andreas Scholl will perform together with Plachetka on one stage. The scenic concept of the oratorio is being created under the baton of conductor Roman Válek and the direction of Tomáš Pilař.

The festival will also offer the audience wine samplings, a fine dining menu that will be served directly by the festival president, or a performance by musically talented children. The festival will run from 11 to 28 July 2019.

Adam Plachetka / photo from archive of the festival

Adam Plachetka/ archive of festival



No comment added yet..

Electronic music, big beat and clubbing go together - but that’s only a small part of the truth. In fact electronic music was here long before clubbing, and thanks to enlightened teachers at JAMU it was doing very well indeed in Brno as early as the 1960s. That is, long before synthesizers and sequencers appeared on rock podiums, long before any old band had a computer, long before the first dance parties in glittering halls and dark cellars. Today electronic music is one of music’s most omnipresent genres: neither dance parties nor contemporary operas can do without it. Electronic big beat music has occupied reggae and swing, remixing is a daily affair, Brno artists have learned to sell instruments they built themselves to the whole world and to amplify an old knitting machine. As early as 1907 the composer Ferruccio Busoni dreamt of the future potential of electronic music, but not even his imagination and genius could have anticipated what Thaddeus Cahill’s first weird experiment with an immense electrical organ would lead to one day.  more

After Easter, an official statement that ruined every folklore lover's day appeared on social networks and in the media. The folklore festival in Strážnice will not take place this year. The reasons are well known to everyone. Yesterday, another wave of coronavirus lockdown easement began, and this was not the only reason why we talked to Martin Šimša, director of the National Institute of Folk Culture (NÚLK) in Strážnice. Well, is there really a reason for mourning? What can we look forward to in the immediate future? And when is the best time to visit the castle park and the open-air museum in Strážnice? These questions, and not only these, will be answered in the following interview.  more

Although cultural life has suffered significantly in the last two months, people's desire for an artistic experience has not faded. On the contrary – art and its role in our lives are perhaps needed even more than before. Hence, although concert halls are empty and listeners are forced to visit them only through recordings of their favourite concerts, a number of well-made music media  created (not only) in the beginning of the year helps to bridge over this unfortunate period.  more

”It’s a long journey to the West, / Pointless, fruitless is the longing,” began the first cowboy song recording issued by R. A. Dvorský’s publishing house in 1939. The theme and tone reflect the “tramping” movement, with its idealized vision of “America” and its unspoiled “nature”, which led Czechs to take to the woods, where they hiked, met round campfires and sang songs modelled on American folk songs and country music. So widespread was the tramping phenomenon that it made its way into popular music, where it long remained. Over time, the romance of the cowboy and the idea of a free life on the Great Plains found their way not only into songs sung by such late twenti- eth-century stars as Karel Gott, Helena Vondráčková and Waldemar Matuška but into social life itself: very few countries in Europe have such liberal laws when it comes to sleeping overnight, or even setting up camp, in the woods. In the past young people in Brno could choose whether to be “city slickers” hooked on discotheques or “wander- ers”, who would head for the main train station every Friday afternoon or Saturday and from there set out on the first train for wherever in the countryside it was heading to.  more

Bands that have been present on the scene for several decades have two options: Either they make a living from their own substance, and therefore from hits of the past. Or they are still trying to come up with something new, sometimes with the wishes of conservative fans in spite of it. The "Brno-based" group Poutníci (meaning Pilgrims in Czech), who are celebrating their 50th anniversary this year, are somewhere halfway in between. They still play Panenka [The Doll], which the audience demands, but fortunately they didn't get stuck and – maybe after a long time, but still – they come up with a new serial album, which should not pass unbeknown to the fans of Czech country and bluegrass.  more