The Harp of Xavier de Maistre
Rudolfinum, 3 January 2022 at 7:30 p.m. Public dress rehearsal at 9:30 a.m.
Rodion Shchedrin: Concerto for Orchestra No. 1 "Naughty Limericks"
Reinhold Glière: Concerto for Harp and Orchestra in E-flat major, Op. 74
Boris Lyatoshynsky: Symphony No. 3 in B minor, Op. 50 "Peace Shall Defeat War"
Kirill Karabits – conductor
Xavier de Maistre – harp
The harp does not take a place as the solo instrument before a symphony orchestra very often. All the more special an event it will be when French virtuoso on this instrument Xavier de Maistre, who has played with the best orchestras under figures such as Simon Rattle, Riccardo Muti, Daniel Harding and Yuri Temirkanov, performs. Alongside the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra and Ukrainian conductor Kirill Karabits, he will present one of the pillars of the repertoire for his instrument, the Concerto for Harp and Orchestra in E-flat major by Karabits's compatriot Reinhold Glière.
The evening will begin with the brilliant and playful miniature, the Concerto for Orchestra No. 1, entitled "Naughty Limericks", by the popular Russian author Rodion Shchedrin, and will close out with the monumental Symphony No. 3 by Ukrainian composer Boris Lyatoshynsky. The contemporary of Shostakovich composed it in 1951 and gave it the title "Peace Shall Defeat War". Just before the planned premiere in Kiev, the authorities labelled it anti-Soviet and removed it from the programme. It was only premiered after the death of Stalin, when it was performed at the end of 1955 by the legendary Yevgeny Mravinsky along with the Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra. Karabits recorded Lyatoshynsky's masterpiece with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, the British orchestra of which he is Chief Conductor, for the prestigious record company Chandos. The performance in the Rudolfinum will be one of the highlights of the Prague concert season.
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Rudolfinum | Talich's Lounge | 1st floor | 6:30 – 7:15 p.m.
The organizer reserves the right to change the program and performers.