Rudolfinum, 12 October 2020 at 7:30 p.m.
Dmitri Shostakovic: Festive Overture, Op. 96
Radim Drejsl: Piano Concerto
Sergey Rachmaninov: Symphony No. 2 in E minor, Op. 27
Karel Košárek – piano
Marek Šedivý – conductor
The first concert of the season for the Chief Guest Conductor, Marek Šedivý, brings a combination of Czech and Russian music. Though Dmitri Shostakovich originally wrote the Festive Overture on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the Great October Revolution, the work had to wait another seven years to be performed. It ultimately became standard repertoire and has been performed, free of its original context, at many concerts and has been heard, for example, at the opening ceremonies of the 1980 Olympic Games and at the Nobel Prize awards ceremony in 2009. The politically-engaged composer Radim Drejsl, considered by many to be one of the most talented Czech artists of his generation, was not only the author of optimistic communist songs, but also unjustly neglected concert works. He died under unexplained circumstances after his return from the Soviet Union in 1953, shortly before his thirtieth birthday. He left behind, for example, Wind Quintet, Symphony for Strings and Concerto for Piano and Orchestra, which is considered to be his best work. The evening culminates with Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Second Symphony, which shows that the Russian classical composer was not just the author of popular piano compositions, but also an excellent symphony composer.
Rudolfinum | Western Lounge | 1st floor |18:30–19:15
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