Janáček & Dvořák


Czech Roots. NB Change of Conductor

Sun 20 Oct 2019 7.00pm - 9.10pm
Barbican Hall, London

JANÁČEK Ballad of Blaník
DVOŘÁK The Golden Spinning Wheel
JANÁČEK Glagolitic Mass (1927 version, ed Paul Wingfield)

Kazushi Ono conductor
Lucie Vagenknechtová soprano
Lucie Hilscherová alto
Aleš Briscein tenor
Jan Martiník bass
Peter Solomon organ
London Symphony Chorus
Simon Halsey chorus director
London Symphony Orchestra

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These three works draw inspiration from Czech culture and landscape, telling legends in music and invoking the spirit of the Moravian forests.

Janáček’s Ballad of Blaník and Dvořák’s Golden Spinning Wheel both tell stories from Czech folk culture – the first an atmospheric and heroic reimagining of the tale of Wenceslas; the second a gruesome tale of greed, murder and magic.

Janáček wrote his ecstatic Glagolitic Mass while staying in a small town nestled deep in the forest. Of an evening, the landscape took on the characteristics of a cathedral: 'The scent of the damp forests of Luhačovice – this was my incense. The enormous mountains were my cathedral, with the open sky stretching into misty distances, and in the distance a flock of sheep rang the bells.' The work largely follows the traditional Catholic Mass structure, including a wildly energetic section for solo organ. It takes the listener on an exhilarating journey.

NB Change of Artist and Conductor

In a change to early listings, Pavla Vykopalová is no longer able to appear in the LSO’s performance of Janáček’s Glagolitic Mass and the soprano soloist will now be Lucie Vagenknechtova.

Sir John Eliot Gardiner is obliged to reduce his forthcoming concert schedule for personal reasons and is unfortunately now unable to conduct the LSO at the Barbican on 20 October. However he will still conduct the Orchestra’s concert on 24 October. The LSO is very grateful to Kazushi Ono for agreeing to step in at short notice to conduct on 20 October. Both programmes remain unchanged.

Posted: Tue 1 Oct 2019

Czech Roots

Sun 20 Oct LSO Discovery Day: Janáček
Sun 20 Oct Janáček's Glagolitic Mass
Thu 24 Oct Dvořák's Cello Concerto and Suk's Second Symphony

Discovery Day

Sunday 20 October, 10am–5pm
Attend a morning LSO rehearsal conducted by Kazushi Ono, followed by a talk and chamber music performances in the afternoon.

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