The best of Czech classical music
Czech classical music is not only a part of the national culture and history, but also of its very soul. This year, we have prepared a series on renowned works of Czech classical music. Listeners will be familiar with many of them, as they are widely known and regularly performed in concert halls all over the world. The background to their creation and how they were recorded will all be covered by this series.
The Best of Czech classical music series was created on the basis of Lukáš Hurník's and Bohuslav Vítek's project "Millenium hits" which was broadcast on Czech Radio Vltava.
Martinů's Sinfonietta Giocosa – a brilliant work, written on a tram
For our latest edition Sunday Music Show, we commemorate the 130th anniversary of the birth of the great Czech composer Bohuslav Martinů, who was born on December 8, 1890.
Leoš Janáček: Pilky from the Lachian Dances
Janáček’s Lachian Dances take listeners to the composer’s home region of northern Moravia. Pilky is probably the best-loved composition from the collection.
Bedřich Smetana: Lark Song
The Lark Song comes from the opera The Kiss, which was the first work that Bedřich Smetana wrote after going deaf.
Bohuslav Martinů: Selanka from Kytice
In this episode, we will talk about Bohuslav Martinů’s Selanka.
The Best of Czech Classical Music: Leoš Janáček’s Sinfonietta
Leoš Janáček’s Sinfonietta is a remarkable composition distinguished for its celebratory fanfares.
Bedřich Smetana: Vltava
If any work of Czech culture perfectly expresses and symbolizes the Czech identity without sliding into nationalism and pathos, then it is Bedřich Smetana’s My Country.