Rejoice and be merry – with the Radio Symphony Orchestra
On 21 December, you can enjoy music that resonates with the Advent season in the impressive environment of the Convent of Saint Agnes. The concertmasters V. Kobrle, P. Zdvihal and P. Ludvík will present their solos in Arcangelo Corelli’s Christmas Concerto. Mozart’s sublime motet Exsultate, jubilate will let the fabulous soprano Olga Jelínková shine. The program, under the baton of conductor Marek Šedivý, culminates with the Symphony in D Minor from Jan Václav Hugo Voříšek.
You can enjoy the experience from the live performance of the music thanks to the live broadcast on Czech Radio Vltava and on the Facebook page of the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra (PRSO) – on 21 December from 7:30 p.m.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Exsultate, jubilate, motet for soprano and orchestra K 165
Jan Václav Hugo Voříšek: Symphony in D major, Op. 23
Marek Šedivý – conductor
Olga Jelínková – soprano
Vlastimil Kobrle – violin
Petr Zdvihal – violin
Pavel Ludvík – violoncello
The Italian composer Arcangelo Corelli played a key role in the development of the concerto grosso form and his work represented an important focus of study for the likes of J. S. Bach. Corelli’s Christmas Concerto did not receive its huge popularity during the composer’s lifetime. The six-movement composition concludes with the famous Pastorale ad libitum, referring to the music made by the shepherds during the journey to the new-born Jesus. The orchestra’s concertmasters, violinists Vlastimil Kobrle and Petr Zdvihal, and cellist Pavel Ludvík, are presented in the solos.
The moteto Exsultate, jubilate, one of the most beautiful spiritual works of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, originated in Milan in 1773 following the successful presentation of the opera Lucio Silla. At the time the composer was impressed by the performance of the castrato Venanzio Rauzzini, of whom he said: “He sang like an angel,” and soprano Olga Jelínková will also undoubtedly sound angelic, as well. You can look forward to quick runs, astonishing jumps, high notes, heavenly tones…
The Symphony in D major was the only symphony to come from the pen of Jan Václav Hugo Voříšek. Tuberculosis ended his life at the tender age of 34. Even so, during his stay in Vienna he managed to develop into a famous artistic personality. He was renowned as a pianist, composer, music teacher, composer, important co-contributor to the first historical concerts and, at the end of his life, as the Emperor’s court organist. His symphony presents one of the most important links between Viennese Classicism and Czech Romanticism.