Thu, 14. 5. 2020, 7.00 p.m.
MENDELSSOHN: Piano Concerto no. 1 in G minor, Op. 25
HAYDN: Cello Concerto no. 2 in D major
GRØNDAHL: Trombone Concerto
JAN ČMEJLA, piano
ADAM KLÁNSKÝ, cello
JAROSLAV VOŘÍŠEK, trombone
BOHUSLAV MARTINŮ PHILHARMONIC
ADAM SEDLICKÝ, conductor
The final concert of our Subscription Series B features young artists making their mark in this year's Talentinum festival.
Although the first of Felix Mendelssohn's two piano concertos was written when he was just 22, it is by no means a juvenile piece and compares favourably with other piano concertos. Shortly after completion it became a staple in the repertoire of many leading performers. The concerto is played tonight by Jan Čmejla, winner of last year's prestigious Concertino Praga competition.
The cello concerto that follows was thought for a long time to be the work of Anton Kraft, the principal cellist at the court of Count Esterházy in the 1780s. Only when the original autograph was found in 1951 did scholars determine that the work was, in fact, written by Joseph Haydn. This exceptionally beautiful and elegant piece is performed by Adam Klánský who, despite his youth, has many important performance awards to his credit. The final work this evening is the Danish composer Launy Grøndahl's Trombone Concerto written in 1924. It's no exaggeration to say the piece is one of the cornerstones of the trombone repertoire, and Grøndahl dedicated it to his longstanding friend and trombonist with the Royal Copenhagen Orchestra Wilhelm Aarkrogh. The soloist tonight is Jaroslav Voříšek, winner of the Zlatý Oříšek talent competition in 2015.
The Bohuslav Martinů Philharmonic Orchestra is conducted by Adam Sedlický, currently conducting with the Opera Company of the National Moravian-Silesian Theatre in Ostrava.