Czech Philharmonic Jakub Hrůša

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.

Duration of the programme 1 hour 30 minutes


Richard Wagner
Siegfried Idyll, WWV 103 (18')

Edward Elgar
Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85
Adagio, moderato (attacca)
Lento. Allegro molto
Allegro. Moderato

— Intermission —

Josef Suk
Meditation on the Old Czech Hymn “St. Wenceslas”, Op. 35a (8')

Antonín Dvořák
Czech Suite D major, Op. 39 (23')



Sheku Kanneh-Mason cello

Jakub Hrůša conductor

Czech Philharmonic

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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

1/20/2022 Thursday 7:30 PM

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1/21/2022 Friday 7:30 PM

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1/22/2022 Saturday 3:00 PM

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