Czech Philharmonic Velvet Revolution Concert

Czech Philharmonic ⬩ Velvet Revolution Concert

The Velvet Revolution Concerts are intended to remind us of our civilisation’s democratic values and to present a programme that supports those ideals. For the occasion, the season’s artists-in-residence have chosen songs by Maurice Ravel and Béla Bartók and the final symphony of Gustav Mahler—a hymn celebrating life and humanity.

Duration of the programme 1 hour 55 minutes


Maurice Ravel
Five Greek Folk Songs (8')

Béla Bartók
Five Hungarian Folk Songs, Sz 101 BB 108 (6')

— Intermission —

Gustav Mahler
Symphony No. 9 in D major (81')


Magdalena Kožená mezzo-soprano

Simon Rattle conductor

Czech Philharmonic

Sir Simon Rattle recalled: “It isn’t often that I fall in love with an orchestra, and most of my relationships with orchestras date back quite a while. But when I conducted the Czech Philharmonic for the first time, the kind of music I would like to hear the orchestra play occurred to me immediately. It has been able to preserve its own typical sound, which is perfectly suited to Mahler. One of my old mentors was Berthold Goldschmidt, who conducted the British premiere of Mahler’s Third Symphony, among other things. Of the many wonderful things he told me about Mahler’s Ninth, one thing really stuck with me: ‘Remember that Mahler put everything he hated about Austria into the first scherzo and everything he hated about Vienna into the second one. If you have that in mind, you’ll never be far off the mark.’”

Rudolfinum — Dvořák Hall

11/16/2022 Wednesday 7:30 PM

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11/17/2022 Thursday 7:30 PM

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