Czech Philharmonic Simon Rattle

Czech Philharmonic ⬩ Simon Rattle

Magdalena Kožená and the song repertoire are made for each other. She will present selections from Dvořák’s Evening Songs along with songs by the Theresienstadt composers Hans Krása and Gideon Klein. Crowning the Czech programme will be the orchestral rhapsody Taras Bulba by Leoš Janáček.

Duration of the programme 1 hod 35 min


Antonín Dvořák
The Wild Dove, Symphonic Poem, Op. 110 (19')

Antonín Dvořák (* orchestrated by Jiří Gemrot)
Večerní písně (Evening Songs) to verses by Vítězslav Hálek (selections) (20')
Když jsem se díval do nebe (“Visions of heaven I fondly paint”), Op. 31/7 (world premiere of the orchestral version) *
Umlklo stromů šumění (“The trees fell silent”), Op. 9/1 (world premiere of the orchestral version) *
Mně zdálo se (“I dreamt last night”), Op. 3/2
Já jsem ten rytíř (“I am that knight”), Op. 3/3
Když Bůh byl nejvíc rozkochán (“When God was in a happy mood”), Op. 3/4 (world premiere of the orchestral version) *

Songs, Op. 2, to verses by Gustav Pfleger-Moravský (selections)
Ó byl to krásný zlatý sen (“Oh, it was a lovely, golden dream”), Op. 2/2 (world premiere of the orchestral version) *
Mé srdce často v bolesti (“My heart often broods in pain”), Op. 2/6 (world premiere of the orchestral version) *

— Intermission —

Hans Krása
Four Orchestral Songs, Op. 1, to texts by Christian Morgenstern (8')

Gideon Klein (orchestrated by Jiří Gemrot)
Ukolébavka (Lullaby) (world premiere of the orchestral version) (2')

Leoš Janáček
Taras Bulba, rhapsody for orchestra (23')


Magdalena Kožená mezzo-soprano

Simon Rattle conductor

Czech Philharmonic

Antonín Dvořák wrote his Evening songs for voice and piano. At first, Magdalena Kožená performed them that way, but she later asked the Czech composer Jiří Gemrot to orchestrate them. The result is the selection to be heard on these subscription concerts along with two more songs from Dvořák’s Op. 2. Jiří Gemrot also orchestrated Gideon Klein’s Lullaby, while Hans Krása’s Four Orchestral Songs are heard in their original instrumentation. “I’m very curious about what the songs will sound like and how much they will please the public,” say Magdalena Kožená.

Rudolfinum — Dvořák Hall

11/23/2022 Wednesday 7:30 PM
11/24/2022 Thursday 7:30 PM
11/25/2022 Friday 7:30 PM

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