Festival concerts of this last week

This week the IMF Český Krumlov will reach its last third. On Tuesday 7th August Czech cellist Jiří Bárta will inaugurate the last festival week with two of Bach suites for cello solo, no. 2 in D minor and no. 4 in E-flat major, at the Masquerade Hall. In the second half of the concert the audience will listen to the Sonata for cello solo Op. 8 by Zoltán Kodály, which places the highest demands on the interpreter. A day later, on 8th August, Iranian violinist Amin Ghafari with the Suk Chamber Orchestra under the baton of young Czech conductor Nikol Kraft will present Grieg’s suite Op. 40 From Holberg’s Time, the Concerto for violin in E major by J. S. Bach, Romanian Folk Dances by Béla Bartók and Dvořák’s Serenade for string orchestra in E major Op. 22. Thanks to the interpretation of the musicians from the ensemble Concilium musicum Wien rare manuscripts from archives come back to life. The ensemble presents works by forgotten composers and less known works by famous masters of classical music. The same will happen during the concert in Český Krumlov on 9th August. The ensemble will perform the Divertimento in F major by W. A. Mozart and compositions by other Viennese masters, Johann Georg Albrechtsberger, Franz A. Hoffmeister, Joseph Haydn and dances from “Hommage aux belles Viennoises” by Franz Schubert at the Masquerade Hall.  

The concert at the Castle Riding Hall on 10th August will be dedicated to the memory of an important Czech personality, violinist, teacher, scholar and benefactor, Prof. Emil Friedmann Kossuth, who settled down in Venezuela after 1945 and significantly contributed to the development of musical education there. Venezuelan conductor Manuel Hernández-Silva, who already performed at the festival last week together with Spanish pianist Javier Perianes and who studied under Emil Friedmann Kossuth, will be in charge. The soloist of the evening will be German violinist Tanja Becker–Bender, who, accompanied by the Hradec Králové Philharmonic Orchestra, will play Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D major, which is a challenge for every violinist. The evening will be concluded by Brahms’s Fourth Symphony. The closing of the festival on 11th August will belong to the Czech-Slovak Evening and will be a celebration of the 100th birthday of our state. The evening will start in the square Náměstí Svornosti with Military Music Olomouc and then the visitors, accompanied by their music, will walk through the streets of Český Krumlov to the Brewery Garden, where the Slovak dance group Lúčnica and the band Čechomor with guest singer Martina Partlová and Vlado Kumpan’s Brass Music will meet on stage.    

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