Grand inauguration of the 95th season of PRSO
On Friday 1 October, the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra will commence its new concert season. Led by Chief Conductor Alexander Liebreich, it will play Dvořák's overture Othello, Tchaikovsky's Concerto in B-Flat Minor with the season's artists-in-residence Gabriela Montero and Stravinsky's Rite of Spring. The programme will be broadcast live by the station ČRo Vltava, then re-broadcast by ČRo D-dur.
The story of the Venetian Moor Othello, a tragic tale of a pathologically jealous man in the service of the Duke, has a broader context for Dvořák. It is part of his loose trilogy of symphonic works put out under the overarching subtitle Nature, Life and Love. Othello, for which Dvořák also considered the titles Tragic Overture or Eroica, embodies the double-edged power of passionate love.
Tchaikovsky's Concerto in B-Flat Minor is one of the most popular musical compositions of all time. It was made in the mid-1870s and was inspired by the pianist Nikolai Rubinstein. For us, this famous composition will be an opportunity to meet with the brilliant Venezuelan pianist (as well as composer) Gabriela Montero, who thanks to her exceptional musical talent, visionary playing and unique capacity for improvisation has earned the praise of critics, the devotion of audiences and prized recognition. Aside from her artistic qualities, her social credit is also remarkable. Gabriela Montero is a staunch defender of human rights and her voice resonates beyond the walls of concert halls. Amnesty International named her an Honorary Consul in 2015 and the Human Rights Foundation awarded her recognition for her excellent work in the field of human rights. Gabriela has twice given a speech and musical performance at the World Economic Forum in Davos. In 2012, she earned the Rockefeller Award for her contribution to the arts and in 2008 she performed as a special guest at the inauguration of Barack Obama.
The evening's finale will belong to another stirring composition, Stravinsky's music to the ballet The Rite of Spring, which – as is well known – caused the greatest musical scandal of all time during its premiere in May 1913 at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées. The ballet is a fantasy of Slavic pagan rituals. Its music shocked the public with its barbaric dissonance, expressive tension and hitherto unknown unbridled emotionality – qualities and characteristics that are categorically modern, yet also timeless. After all, they continue to fascinate listeners even a hundred years later.
Othello. Concert overture, op. 93
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-Flat Minor, op. 23
The Rite of Spring. Pictures of Pagan Russia
Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra
Alexander Liebreich – conductor
Gabriela Montero – piano
Rudolfinum, Friday 1 October 2021 from 7:30 pm.
Live broadcast on ČRo Vltava hosted by Jitka Novotná
Rudolfinum, 1 October 2021 at 7:30 p.m.