Czech Philharmonic Semyon Bychkov

Czech Philharmonic ⬩ Semyon Bychkov

While Czech Philharmonic audiences may associate its Chief Conductor Semyon Bychkov with the music of Tchaikovsky, Mahler, Shostakovich, and Dvořák, for these concerts, the Orchestra will go back in time with him to present what many regard as one of the greatest compositions of the baroque era: Bach’s Mass in B minor, featuring echoes of Gregorian plainchant.

Programme

Johann Sebastian Bach
Mass in B minor, BWV 232

Performers

Miriam Kutrowatz soprano
Catriona Morison mezzo-soprano + alto
Laurence Kilsby tenor
Christian Immler bass

Collegium Vocale 1704
Václav Luks choirmaster

Semyon Bychkov conductor

Czech Philharmonic

For this Czech Philharmonic excursion into pre-classical repertoire, Chief Conductor Semyon Bychkov tackles one of the supreme works of the baroque era: Johann Sebastian Bach’s monumental Mass in B minor.

To this day, there is no proof of why the Protestant composer wrote a mass in 1733 using the Catholic rite and one which would be difficult to employ in liturgical practice. According to popular legend, it was Dresden’s Catholic court which commissioned Bach to write a mass, but new discoveries in correspondence from the time now point towards Vienna and the patronage of the Bohemian Count Johann Adam von Questenberg. It is now believed that von Questenberg, Bach’s contemporary and a great admirer of his, probably commissioned the work for a Solemn Mass held for the Feast of Saint Cecilia by a musical fraternity in Vienna known as the “Musicalische Congregation”.

Today the work is deservedly celebrated as a perfect synthesis of all the baroque master’s compositional techniques and procedures.

Rudolfinum — Dvořák Hall

1/22/2025 Wednesday 7:30 PM
1/23/2025 Thursday 7:30 PM
1/24/2025 Friday 7:30 PM

How to buy tickets

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Reservation of seats for current subscribers:
until 3 June 2024, 20.00
Sale of individual tickets for subscription concerts:
from 10 June 2024, 10.00
Ticket sales for all public dress rehearsals:
from 11 September 2024, 10.00

Customer Service of Czech Philharmonic

Tel.: +420 227 059 227
E-mail: info@czechphilharmonic.cz

Customer service is available on weekdays from 9.00 am to 6.00 pm.

Reservation of seats for current subscribers:
until 3 June 2024, 20.00
Sale of individual tickets for subscription concerts:
from 10 June 2024, 10.00
Ticket sales for all public dress rehearsals:
from 11 September 2024, 10.00

Customer Service of Czech Philharmonic

Tel.: +420 227 059 227
E-mail: info@czechphilharmonic.cz

Customer service is available on weekdays from 9.00 am to 6.00 pm.