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Czech Philharmonic Opening Concert

Live from the Rudolfinum in Prague: Semyon Bychkov conducts Shostakovich and Dvořák — With Daniil Trifonov and Selina Ott.

  • Czech Philharmonic Opening Concert | Copyright: © Petra Hajska

    Czech Philharmonic Opening Concert © Petra Hajska

  • Czech Philharmonic Opening Concert | Copyright: © Petr Kadlec

    Czech Philharmonic Opening Concert © Petr Kadlec

  • Czech Philharmonic Opening Concert | Copyright: © Petra Hajska

    Czech Philharmonic Opening Concert © Petra Hajska

The 125th Anniversary Season of the Czech Philharmonic started in a big way: Live from the sublime Rudolfinum in Prague, Semyon Bychkov leads the Czech Philharmonic through two major pieces of the classical repertoire.

The evening begins with Shostakovich’s Concerto for Piano, Trumpet and String Orchestra, with pianist Daniil Trifonov and trumpeter Selina Ott as soloists, and it ends in fireworks with Dvořák’s Symphony No. 8. The Eight’s lyrical and joyful melodies are inspired by the Bohemian folk music tradition that was so dear to the quintessential Czech composer Václav Neumann (1920-1995) – to whom the opening concert is dedicated to. Neumann, who directed the orchestra from 1968-1989, would have turned 100 in September. The programme reflects his immense contributions to the world of classical music and to the storied ensemble whose prestigious reputation he helped craft.

Daniil Trifonov appears courtesy of Deutsche Grammophon.

Recording location Rudolfinum, Dvorak Hall in Prague
Recording date 24 September 2020
Production year 2020
Duration approx. 70'
TV Director Michael Beyer
Production Company Czech Philharmonic
English title of music work Dmitri Shostakovich: Concerto No. 1 for Piano, Trumpet and String Orchestra, Op. 35
English title of music work Antonín Dvořák: Symphony No. 8 in G Major, Op. 88
Orchestra / Band Czech Philharmonic
Conductor Semyon Bychkov
Soloist Daniil Trifonov, piano
Soloist Selina Ott, trumpet

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