Harmonia Moraviae


5. 10 2017


Opening Concert of the Harmonia Moraviae Festival


W. A. Mozart: Symphony No. 31 in D, 'Paris', KV 297

E. Grieg: Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16

W. A. Mozart: The Magic Flute, overture

A. Dvořák: The Golden Spinning Wheel, Op. 109


Soloist: Javier Perianes, piano


Conductor: Vojtěch Spurný

The Spanish pianist Javier Perianes has won international acclaim in the most prestigious concert halls on five continents including Carnegie Hall in New York, London's Wigmore Hall, the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris, the Berlin Philharmonic, the Musikverein in Vienna, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, and Suntory Hall in Tokio. He has appeared with renowned conductors such as Barenboim, Dutoit, Mehta, Maazel, Frühbeck de Burgos, Dausgaard, Petrenko, Harding and Temirkanov, and records exclusively for Harmonia Mundi. His recording of the Grieg A-minor Piano Concerto and selection of Grieg's Lyrical Pieces were highly acclaimed by critics in 'The Gramopone' and "Pianiste' magazines. 




G. Verdi: RIGOLETTO - concert version

Duke of Mantua: Michal Lehotský, tenor
Rigoletto, his jester: Ivan Kusnjer, baritone
Gilda: Jana Sibera, soprano
Giovanna: Jitka Klečanská, mezzosoprano
Count Monterone: Miloš Horák, baritone
Count Ceprano: David Szendiuch, baritone
Countess Ceprano: Martina Králíková, soprano
Sparafucile: Jan Šťáva, bass
Borsa, a courtier: Milan Vlček, tenor
The dancer Maddalena: Jana Hrochová, alto
Marullo: Jakub Tolaš, baritone
Moravian-Silesian National Theatre Choir, Chorus Master: Jurij Galatenko
Conductor: Jakub Klecker


Giuseppe Verdi's opera Rigoletto had its premiere in 1851 at the Teatro La Fenice in Venice. This touching tale about a father's love for his daughter, which ends in tragedy, was a triumph on its first night. The central character is the court jester Rigoletto, who fails to protect his beautiful daughter Gilda from courtly temptation and licentiousness. This concert version of the opera is by Jakub Klecker, Musical Director of the Moravian-Silesian National Theatre. Most of the artistes are soloists with the Prague National Theatre. Rigoletto is played by the baritone Ivan Kusnjer, laureate of the Thalia Prize in two separate categories. The Duke of Mantua's role is sung by the Slovak tenor Michal Lehotský, who guest performs in a number of prestigious European theatres. Jana Sibera, who plays the part of Gilda, has had great success in performing with the tenor Jonas Kaufmann on his profile CD for Decca. We also welcome the Ostrava-based Moravian-Silesian National Theatre Choir and its Chorus Master Jurij Galatenko on their first visit to Zlín.






17.10. 2017

Jiří Bárta and Terezie Fialová

J. S. Bach: Cello Suite No. 3 in C major, BWV 1009

L. van Beethoven: Sonata for Cello and Piano, No. 3, in A, Op. 69

D. Shostakovich: Sonata for Cello and Piano in D minor, Op. 40


Soloists: Jiří Bárta, cello

               Terezie Fialová, piano


Currently the front-ranking Czech cellist, Jiří Bárta has given solo performances at the  Birmingham Symphony Hall, the Bridgewater Hall, the Buenos Aires Teatro Colon, the Carnegie Weill Recital Hall, the Dublin Concert Hall, the Edinburgh Queen's Hall, L’Auditorio in Barcelona and other major venues. His recordings for Supraphon have been acclaimed on two occasions by the magazine 'Harmonie' as the best in their categories. He has made critically-acclaimed recordings of all the Bach cello suites and Shostakovich concertos conducted by Maxim Shostakovic with the Prague Symphony Orchestra, plus both the Dvořák concertos.  Bárta's recording of Kodály's solo sonata was selected as the "Editor's Choice" by the London magazine 'The Gramophone'. The same accolade was given to his latest CD of cello concertos by Bohuslav Martinů, Josef Foerster and Jan Novák recorded with the PKF-Prague Philharmonia and the conductor Jakub Hrůša.

He will be accompanied on the piano by Terezie Fialová, a chamber music accompanist much in demand with many leading Czech and foreign soloists. 





B. Martinů: Toccata e due canzoni
J. Haydn: Horn Concerto No. 1 in D
L. van Beethoven: Symphony No. 4 in B-flat major, Op. 60

Soloist: Kateřina Javůrková, horn
Conductor: Leoš Svárovský

In a concert programme, Bohuslav Martinů once said how he liked to return to the concerto grosso form. His Toccata sweeps in like a Bach allegro, the first Canzona has an initial delicate solo piano motif, the second begins with a dramatic challenge. While he was writing the second Canzona, Bohuslav Martinů suffered a life-changing blow to the head, and perhaps this is what gave the conclusion its sense of depression, if not tragedy.

Joseph Haydn's horn concerto is technically difficult but very pleasing to the ear. The soloist tonight is the Prague Spring competition laureate and Czech Philharmonic Orchestra member Kateřina Javůrková, whom we also heard performing here at the Congress Centre in the Talentinum 2016 festival. Beethoven gave the first movement of his Fourth Symphony a slow introduction in a minor key, and it thus begins in apprehensive, low-spirited fashion. The lugubrious opening succession of key changes modulates into the major-key motif of the sonata-form movement that follows. The overriding atmosphere of the first movement, therefore, is bright and lively. At the podium with the Bohuslav Martinů Philharmonic Orchestra is its Principal Guest Conductor Leoš Svárovský.



26. 10. 2017  

ADAM PLACHETKA     opera recital

Closing Concert of the Harmonia Moraviae festival 


B. Smetana: Ó, vy lípy (Přemysl)

B. Smetana: Což ta voda z výše strání (Blaženka)

Z. Fibich: Tak ostrove můj, sbohem buď (Prospero)

A. Dvořák: Ach bože božínku (Terinka)

and others


Soloists: Eva Hornyaková, soprano

Adam Plachetka, bass baritone


Conductor: Vojtěch Spurný


The Czech bass baritone Adam Plachetka is one of the best European and world opera singers. His engagement list includes the Salzburger Festspiele, the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, the Prague Spring Festival, the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels, the Royal Opera House in London's Covent Garden, the Musikverein in Vienna, the Baden-Baden  Festpielhaus Baden-Baden, the Opéra Comédie in Montpellier, the Glyndebourne Festival, the Deutsche Oper and Deutsche Staatsoper in Berlin, Milan's Teatro alla Scala, the Houston Grand Opera, the Lyric Opera Chicago and Metropolitan Opera in New York.