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Czech Philharmonic: Season Opening Concert 2022

Lisa Batiashvili and the Czech Philharmonic with Semyon Bychkov open the season with a gala event.

  • Lisa Batiashvili | Copyright: © Chris Singer

    Lisa Batiashvili © Chris Singer

  • Semyon Bychkov | Copyright: © Marco Borggreve

    Semyon Bychkov © Marco Borggreve

  • Semyon Bychkov, Czech Philharmonic | Copyright: © Marco Borggreve

    Semyon Bychkov, Czech Philharmonic © Marco Borggreve

The Czech Philharmonic opens the 2022/2023 Season with a very special gala event and welcome the Georgian-born German violinist, Lisa Batiashvili for a performance of Beethoven's Violin Concerto D Major, Op. 61, one of the earliest and most frequently performed violin concerti on such a grand scale. It was Beethoven’s only concerto for violin, and it is considered to be his most lyrical work, which we will experience on stage of the Rudolfinum in the Dvořák Hall in Prague on the 28th & 29th of September. Also on the programme is Richard Strauss's "Eine Alpensinfonie" (An Alpine Symphony).
“There is an interesting connection between Beethoven’s Violin Concerto and Strauss’s Alpine Symphony. The concerto is musically very closely tied to nature, and of course even just the title of the Alpine Symphony clearly suggests a work about nature. But that is actually a mistake because Strauss only uses nature as a metaphor for the life’s journey of a person from birth to death and for what happens to him along the way. So the Alpine Symphony is not about going through the forest or what you hear in the mountains. Everything in it operates as a story of the experiencing of human life. It is an absolutely existential work”, explains Maestro Semyon Bychkov.

Genre Orchestral Music
Recording location Rudolfinum, Dvořák Hall in Prague
Recording date 28./29. September 2022
Duration 89'
Video format 4K/UHD
Producer Czech Philharmonic
TV Director Jonathan Haswell
Distribution TV EuroArts Music
Distribution VOD EuroArts Music
English title of music work Beethoven: Violin Concerto D Major, Op. 61
English title of music work Strauss: An Alpine Symphony, Op. 64
Orchestra / Band Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor Semyon Bychkov
Soloist Lisa Batiashvili, violin

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