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Respighi / Štrunc / Bartók / Shostakovich / Barber

Thursday, 28. February 2019


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OTTORINO RESPIGHI: Ancient Airs and Dances

DALIBOR ŠTRUNC: Painted on a Dulcimer, Concerto Fantasy

BÉLA BARTÓK: Romanian Folk Dances



Johana Klára Kratochvílová – dulcimer

Chamber Orchestra of the Karlovy Vary Symphony Orchestra

Jakub Sedláček – Artistic Director

The cycle of three suites Ancient Airs and Dances by Ottorino Respighi (1879 – 1936) is a brilliant example of the transcription of Renaissance and Early Baroque musical motifs originally composed for the lute. The last, third suite will be performed.

The concerto Painted on a Dulcimer by Dalibor Štrunc (*1966) uniquely combines original music composed for the dulcimer with a chamber ensemble. The author, who is an excellent dulcimer player, performs with a range of groups in genres spanning from folk to classical music. He teaches the dulcimer at the conservatory in Brno.

The music of the Romanian Folk Dances by Béla Bartók (1881 – 1945), a suite of six short pieces, is inspired by the Romanian melodies from Transylvania, originally played on fiddle or on shepherd’s flute.

Dmitri Dmitriyevich Shostakovich’s (1906 – 1975) Chamber Symphony was originally the String Quartet No. 8, which the author thought of as his own epitaph before his planned, but not realised, suicide. The composition was transcribed for string orchestra by conductor and violist Rudolf Barshai, and this arrangement is known as the Chamber Symphony.

Samuel Barber’s (1910 – 1981) Adagio belongs to his most renowned works. It is the second movement of his lauded String Quartet in B major. The piece, full of pathos, was later performed on many occasions, e.g. during the funerals of prominent figures or even in many films.

Johana Klára Kratochvílová studies the dulcimer at the conservatory in Brno. She has been playing this instrument since childhood, and can boast of numerous successes in competitions, as well as of concert performances, including with a symphony orchestra.

The Chamber Orchestra of the Karlovy Vary Symphony Orchestra is comprised of the best players of the orchestra, and the composition of players may differ in accordance with the concert’s programme.

Jakub Sedláček ranks among the most outstanding violinists of his generation; he is a sought-out chamber player and soloist. As a soloist, Jakub Sedláček performs with prominent Czech orchestras, and also performs at festivals at home and abroad. Following his previous employment, he has been engaged as Concert Master of the KSO since March 2013.