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Smetana, Martinu, Dvorak | WE | 21 09 2022 | 14:05

by archyde

Since 1986, the “Kissinger Sommer” has taken place from mid-June to mid-July. The 2022 festival program draws on the “wealth of musical cultures in Austria, Hungary and Bohemia”.

More than national school

The Czech Philharmonic performed works by three Czech composers under the direction of Petr Popelka. German violinist Isabelle Faust was the soloist in Bohuslav Martinu’s Violin Concerto No. 2. After Mischa Elman, one of the greatest violinists of his time, heard Martinus’ Symphony No. 1 performed by the Boston Symphony Orchestra in New York in 1942, he commissioned the composer to write a violin concerto for him. In 1943 Elman was the soloist in the premiere with the Boston Symphony Orchestra under Sergei Koussevitzky. Isabelle Faust has been campaigning for this work for several years.

out of the shadows

The concert in the Regentenbau in Bad Kissingen opened with Smetana’s tone poem “Aus Böhmens Hain und Flur” and concluded with Dvorak’s 7th Symphony. In recent years it has been heard so often in international concert halls that it can no longer be said that it is “overshadowed by the composer’s last two symphonies”.




Composer: Friedrich Smetana/1824 – 1884
Title: From Bohemia’s grove and field – No. 4 from the cycle “My Fatherland”
Anderssprachiger Titel: I am high
Title in other language: Ma Vlast
* Very moderate; Allegro not very lively, but not too much; Cheerful, almost Polka; Time I; Cheerful; Soon
Orchestra: Czech Philharmonic
Leitung: Petr Popelka
Length: 12:00 min
Label: EBU

Composer/Composer: Bohuslav Martinu/1890 – 1959
Title: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No.2
* Andante – 1st movement
* Andante moderato – 2nd movement
* Poco Allegro – 3rd movement
violin concerto
Orchestra: Czech Philharmonic
Leitung: Petr Popelka
Length: 27:10 min
Label: EBU

Composer: Antonin Dvorak/1841 – 1904
Title: Symphony No.7 in D minor op.70
* Allegro Majestic – 1.Satz
* Poco adagio – 2nd movement
* Scherzo, vivace – 3rd movement
* Finale, Allegro – 4th movement
Orchestra: Czech Philharmonic
Leitung: Petr Popelka
Duration: 35:50 min
Label: EBU

Composer: Johannes Brahms/1833 – 1897
Arranger: Johannes Brahms /orchestration/1833 – 1897
* Hungarian Dance No.1 in G minor – Allegro molto
Orchestra: Czech Philharmonic
Leitung: Petr Popelka
Length: 03:00 min
Label: EBU

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