Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra will perform with Khachatryan and Prague Philharmonic Choir
At the 18 October subscriber event, you will have the opportunity to listen to two compositions with a spiritual message performed by the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra with its chief conductor and the Prague Philharmonic Choir. After the break, time will come for the violin and the true master of this instrument: the Armenian virtuoso Sergey Khachatryan, who will play Brahms’ Concerto in D major.
The Prague Philharmonic Choir is a frequent guest of the Orchestra’s musicians. The beautiful, colourful voices and the sensitive performances of its members are perfectly suited for both Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy’s Psalm 43 “Richte mich, Gott” and Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms. In this case, the orchestra will have a special composition giving it a unique sound, reminiscent of a chamber ensemble (just deep strings, winds, two pianos and drums). The work is marked by solemn austerity and its spiritual message is distinctive, unusual and, in any case, festive.
This will not be Sergey Khachatryan’s first collaboration with the Orchestra. His performance of Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No. 1 in September 2019 was widely lauded. Even though the spring 2020 performance of Brahms did not take place due the pandemic, promises are meant to be kept and that is what Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra will do. It would be an eternal shame to miss out on such a magnificent work of world art dedicated to one of the most renowned violinists of his time, Joseph Joachim, and not to hear it performed by one of the most remarkable violinists of our time. In 2000, Sergey Khachatryan, a native of Yerevan, Armenia, won the International Jean Sibelius International Violin Competition in Helsinki, becoming the youngest gold prize winner in the history of the competition. Five years later he also won the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels. The names of the orchestras and conductors he has worked with are equally stunning.
The solemn character of the evening event will be underlined by the fact that it is organised under the auspices of H. E. Ashot Hovakimian, Ambassador of the Republic of Armenia to the Czech Republic, and dedicated to the 30th anniversary of Armenian independence.
Psalm 43 “Richte mich, Gott”, Op. 78 No. 2
The Symphony of Psalms
The Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77
Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra
Alexander Liebreich – conductor
Sergey Khachatryan – violin
Prague Philharmonic Choir
Lukáš Vasilek – choirmaster
Rudolfinum, 18 October 2021 at 7:30 p.m. Public dress rehearsal at 9:30 a.m.