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Mozart / Kučera / Mendelssohn Bartholdy

Thursday, 23. May 2019

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WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART: Symphony no. 35 in D major KV385 “Haffner”

JAN KUČERA: Concerto pro piano and orchestra

FELIX MENDELSSOHN BARTHOLDY: Symphony no. 4 in A major op. 90 “Italian”

Jan Kučera – Piano

Martin Lebel – Conductor

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 - 1791) was commissioned by the prominent Salzburg family Haffner to compose Symphony no. 35 in D major “Haffner” in the year 1782. Sigmund Haffner Jr. was the mayor of Salzburg and at the occasion of his promotion to a position of nobility, his father Sigmund Haffner asked Mozart to write a symphony. It belongs in the last group of symphonies (no. 30 – 41) that are an example of the top art of the symphony.

After this, principal conductor of the Karlovy Vary Symphony Orchestra, composer and pianist Jan Kučera will perform for the first time his Concerto for piano and orchestra. The author performs in two piano trios, has written many songs with piano accompaniment and several chamber pieces in which he uses the piano, however until now a piano concerto had been missing in his body of work. He had the idea to compose it for a long time.

Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (1809 – 1847) was inspired by his visit to sunny Italy, full of temperamental people, to write Symphony no. 4 “Italian”. The symphony is proof of Mendelssohn’s belief that music should not consciously try to approach other forms of art, but that it has its own language and particular means of expression.

Jan Kučera is one of the most versatile Czech artists. As a composer he creates symphonic, chamber, and song compositions as well as scenic music. As a conductor he works with the foremost Czech orchestras, besides a classical repertoire he has recorded or conducted in public over one hundred symphonic pieces by contemporary Czech and international authors, often as a premiere. He has been the principal conductor of the Karlovy Vary Symphony Orchestra since the year 2015.

Honorary principal conductor Martin Lebel will lead the Karlovy Vary Symphony Orchestra. He has conducted many orchestras in Europe and also in South America, in the Czech Republic he has worked with numerous foremost orchestras besides the Karlovy Vary Symphony Orchestra. He has a broad symphonic repertoire, he also has a lot of experience as an opera conductor. In the year 2014 he became an honorary citizen of the town of Karlovy Vary. After working with the Karlovy Vary Symphony Orchestra for four years, he stepped down as the principal conductor, however he still regularly works with the orchestra.