"With Dvo?ák's music the sun always shines" E. Hanslick
Bed?ich Smetana (1824-1884) Overture to the opera "The Bartered Bride"
The Czech composer Bed?ich Smetana wanted to give his countrymen a Czech national opera with fast-paced wit and great emotions, coupled with colourful choruses and fast-paced folk dances full of joie de vivre - "The Bartered Bride" became a resounding success! In furious frenzy, the overture leads us into the joyous festive mood of a Bohemian village.
Antonín Dvo?ák (1841-1904) Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in A minor, op. 53 (B 108) Soloist: Mirijam Contzen, violin
Stylistically, Antonín Dvo?ák's Violin Concerto belongs to his so-called Slavic period - the period between 1870 1880 in which the composer turned to his native folklore with particular intensity. The soloist Mirijam Contzen, who was awarded the German Record Critics' Prize in 2020 as well as the OPUS KLASSIK for the "Concert Recording of the Year", is highly regarded by the international music world. In her playing, grandeur and the highest technical mastery combine to create fascinatingly sophisticated views of works. Her unmistakable sound and unique musical expressiveness testify to profound interpretive individuality.
Antonín Dvo?ák (1841-1904) Symphony No. 8 in G major, op. 88 (B 163)
Dvo?ák's Eighth Symphony in G major, op. 88 was written in the midst of nature, at Antonín Dvo?ák's summer residence, in a short period of time between 26 August and 8 November 1889. The premiere took place in Prague on 2 February 1890 under the composer's direction. Simple folksiness and unbroken joie de vivre speak from this music, which was written during one of the happiest periods of Dvo?ák's life.