South Czech Philharmonic has prepared the second year of an original festival – a show called South Bohemian Intermezzi. The purpose of this festival is to return music where it always belonged, that is in historical noble residences. The festival also aims to bring more variety in the summer season in the historical sights, as classical music hasn’t been heard in the residences of the region very often.
The South Bohemian Intermezzi Festival is held on five Thursdays in August in castles and chateaux Rožmberk, Kratochvíle, Zlatá Koruna, Hluboká nad Vltavou and Nové Hrady. All playlists have been compiled to attract both experienced and less experienced listeners and entire families with children. The music played at the concerts will be accessible, with programme lasting about 1 hour.
The popular Czech cellist comes from a family where music was commonplace. Jiří Bárta became one of European top cello players in the early 1990s when he won significant music competitions (Dresden, Los Angeles and Beethoven’s Hradec). After graduating from HAMU in Prague, Jiří Bárta studied cello in Cologne with Boris Pergamenschikow. Jiří Bárta regularly plays at music festivals in the Czech Republic and abroad (Salzburg, Prague, Bratislava, Edinburgh, etc.).
Johann Sebastian Bach: Cello Suites (solo)
Actors from Husa na Provázku Theatre
Solo singers (vocals): Eva Vrbková, Igor Orozovič, Dalibor Buš, Gabriela Vermelho
Conductor: Vojtěch Spurný
For twelve seasons, the Husa na Provázku Theatre in Brno was performing the excellent show Balada pro banditu (A Ballad for a Bandit), co-authored by Miloš Štědroň and Milan Uhde, directed by Vladimír Morávek. The South Czech Philharmonic was so entranced by the show that they decided to ask the authors, the director and the protagonists for permission to arrange the music of the show. Everybody was enthusiastic about the idea and agreed. Tomáš Ille arranged the music, the excellent Vojtěch Spurný conducted the music and no doubt, the result is magnificent.
The audience, authors, protagonists and the orchestra and conductor were all delighted, the recorded performance was broadcasted by Český Rozhlas Dvojka and Radioservis released the performance on CD at the end of 2017.
Martina Janková is a Czech-Swiss soprano singer, renowned especially for her interpretations of Mozart and Baroque music, as she performed in Mozart’s Da Ponte Cycle under the baton of the famous Franz Welser-Möst.
Ivo Kahánek, being a performer of extraordinary emotional power and depth, has established a reputation as one of the most impressive artists in his generation. He is widely considered the best Czech contemporary piano player.
A selection of the world’s greatest opera arias
With their ensemble Artemandoline, formed in 2001, Juan Carlos Muñoz and Mari Fe Pavón chose to go back to the original documents in order to the establish the true pedigree of this incomparable family of instruments. They have made a major contribution to launching a movement to encourage musical freshness and rigour. A better understanding of the compositions, closer study of the early treatises, the playing styles, the musical environment of the glorious era of the mandolin, leads to better appreciation of Baroque music, which itself became over time a mode of thought and action.
Giuseppe Antonio Brescianello
Lucas Ruiz de Ribayaz
Anonym (18th, Naples)
Ondřej Ruml is a singer and actor who was awarded the title “Singer of the Year”. His 2014 album “Ondřej Ruml Singing Ježek, Voskovec and Werich” has been praised by both listeners and reviewers, who have acclaimed his sensitive and original approach to arranging the songs many consider untouchable.
A novel approach to well-known songs.
Tmavomodrý svět, Svítá, Nebe na Zemi, Kat a blázen, Šaty dělají člověka, David a Goliáš, Klobouk ve křoví, Potopa, Stonožka, Život je jen náhoda, Tři strážníci, Ezop a brabenec