Josef Suk & Rudolf Firkusny play Dvorak (vaimusic.com) vaimusic.com Josef Suk (violin) & Rudolf Firkusny (piano) play Dvorak: Sonatina for Violin and Piano ("Indian Lament"), B. 183 (Op. 100) Second movement - Larghetto From: VAI DVD 4405 Works for Violin & Piano Two illustrious Czech artists with unique musical connections to two of the composers on the program: Firkušný studied composition with Leoš Janácek, and Josef Suk is the great-grandson of Antonín Dvorák. The famed violinist and pianist perform Dvorák: Sonatina for Violin and Piano in G Major, Janácek: Sonata for Violin and Piano, Brahms: Violin Sonata No. 3 in D minor, and Beethoven: Violin Sonata No.10 in G Major. Recorded in Dvorák Hall of the Rudolfinum, Prague, on May 18, 1992. Color, stereo, 74 min. TO PURCHASE THE COMPLETE DVD, GO TO www.vaimusic.com OR CALL TOLL-FREE IN THE US 1 (800) 477-7146 (OUTSIDE OF THE US, CALL 914-769-3691).
Bedřich Smetana - Šárka (My Country, Prague Spring 2011) Bedřich Smetana: Šárka Cyklus symfonických básní Má vlast/My Country, cycle of symphonic poems Symfonický orchestr Pražské konzervatoře/Prague Conservatoire Symphony Orchestra řídí/conducted Jiří Bělohlávek Pražské jaro/Prague Spring 2011 Zahajovací koncert/Opening Concert (12/05/2011) Smetanova síň Obecního domu v Praze/Municipal House -- Smetana Hall, Prague The Prague Spring Festival was held for the first time in 1946 in honour of the 50th anniversary of establishment of theCzech Philharmonic and 12th May was chosen as the opening date for the festival as the date of death of Bedřich Smetana, a national classic music composer. Establishment of the festival was the culmination of long-term efforts (nearly 70 years) by the Prague music community to hold an annual music event with participation by first-class soloists and leading orchestras from around the world. Since 1952 the festival has been launched by a performance of the symphonic poem Má vlast by Bedřich Smetana and closed by a performance of An Ode to Joy by Ludwig van Beethoven. World class artists who have performed on the Prague festival's podiums include Lorin Maazel, Herbert von Karajan, Mstislav Rostropovič, Sir Colin Davis, Maurice André, Leonid Kogan, Paul Klecki, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Alfred Brendel, Heinrich Schiff, Leopold Stokowski, Arthur Honegger, Artur Rubinstein and David Oistrach. Czech artists include Karel Ančerl, Rudolf Firkušný, Jaroslav Krombholc, Rafael Kubelík, Jarmila Novotná, Václav ...