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Aug 18

With Jakub Hrůša in Edinburgh

Edinburgh, Usher Hall
20:00 Uhr

The Bamberg Symphonic made their debut at the Edinburgh International Festival in 2003, returning in 2005 and 2011 to play several acclaimed concerts as »orchestra in residence«. Now we will be visiting the Scottish capital again – for the first time under our principal conductor Jakub Hrůša – to give another concert together with the Edinburgh Festival Chorus and a team of renowned solo singers. Our repertoire includes a moving work that will tell our audience about our Bohemian roots: the Requiem by Dvořák, who was once referred to as the »prophet of Czech art«. Dvořák’s music was already very popular in the United Kingdom during his lifetime. From 1884 onwards, the composer made several journeys to England, giving a number of extremely successful concerts there. He was called the »Bohemian Brahms» and praised as the »lion of this year’s musical season«. The London Philharmonic Society even made him an honorary member. Dvořák was deeply impressed by the capital of the British Empire, which had more inhabitants »than the whole Czech population of Bohemia«, as he wrote to his father. The British, with their great tradition of choral music, always received new works enthusiastically. Commissioned to write an oratorio for the long-standing Birmingham Musical Festival, Dvořák produced his Requiem, a highly emotional mass for the dead full of compositional flights of fancy. The sequence of images in the Requiem is held together by a leitmotif: a poignant sigh that occurs more than one hundred times in various keys, rhythms, time signatures, and timbres, whether instrumental or vocal – and this with a performance duration of just under one hundred minutes!

Jakub Hrůša Conductor
Edinburgh Festival Chorus Chorus
Eva Hornyáková Soprano
Václava Krejčí Housková Mezzo Soprano
Pavel Černoch Tenor
Jan Martiník Bass

Antonín Dvořák Requiem op. 89

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