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Czech Philharmonic ⬩ Jakub Hrůša
Introducing himself in Prague in Elgar’s Cello Concerto is 22-year-old British cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason, who won the BBC Young Musician award in 2016. In the second half of the concert, compositions by Suk and Dvořák will be performed.
Siegfried Idyll, WWV 103 (18')
Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85
Adagio, moderato (attacca)
Lento. Allegro molto
— Intermission —
Meditation on the Old Czech Hymn “St. Wenceslas”, Op. 35a (8')
Czech Suite D major, Op. 39 (23')
Sheku Kanneh-Mason cello
Jakub Hrůša conductor
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When Josef Suk wrote his last composition Sousedská in 1935 for an outdoor ensemble from the village where he was born, he inscribed in the score the comment: “Exemplifying a composition that demands skill from neither the composer nor the players.” This is just one example of Suk’s peculiar sense of humour. At the same time, Suk was very much aware that the path to the highest artistic standards was difficult for both composers and performers. For example, in his Cello Concerto Edward Elgar created what is today one of one of the most famous works for that instrument, but the failed premiere obscured the concerto’s exceptional quality, and as a result the concerto did not become widely known until many years after the composer’s death.
Rudolfinum — Dvořák Hall
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