Vienna Philharmonic stars at 72nd Prague Spring festival
The Prague Spring international music festival gets underway on Friday at Prague's Obecní dům. The festival will traditionally open with Bedřich Smetana’s My Country, this time featuring the world famous Vienna Philharmonic. Ruth Franková spoke to the head of Prague Spring, Roman Bělor, and asked him what was on the menu for the 72nd edition of the event.
“But the festival contains almost 50 performances – recitals, early music concerts, as well as contemporary and experimental music. There will also be a special event at the National Technical Museum, so it is a really wide choice, I would say.”
What about the closing night? What music are we going to hear and who is going to perform?
“The closing concert is going to be conducted by another legendary personality, perhaps the foremost representative of the Polish post-war music generation, Krzysztof Penderecki, who is an excellent composer and conductor. He will be conducting the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra.
“In the second part of the programme he will present his own composition ‘Symphony number 7: Seven Gates of Jerusalem’. And in the first part of the programme he will pay his respects to modern Czech music. He has chosen to play the serenade for orchestra by Iša Krejčí, a great Czech composer, who is slightly overshadowed by other famous names.”
Prague Spring will also mark the 450 birth anniversary of Claudio Monteverdi. What exactly will be on the programme?
What are you most looking forward to?
“It is undoubtedly the opening concert, because it is full of symbols and it is a great homage to Smetana, presented by a top orchestra and top conductor. It might be an inspiration for us, because sometimes we feel that we are the masters of our own music, but the best Czech composers actually belong to world cultural heritage.”
Are there still any free tickets?
“Of course many concerts are already sold out or almost sold out but there are still concerts where tickets are available, so I would encourage everybody to take a look on our website or visit our box office in Prague’s Rudofinum.”