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Dvořákova Praha 2018 - Antonín Dvořák: Saint Ludmila

Rudolfinum, Alšovo nábřeží 79/12, Praha 1 - Staré Město, 110 00

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  • Sat 15. 9. 2018 20.00

Antonín Dvořák: Saint Ludmila, Op. 71, B. 144

After the triumph of Dvořák’s Stabat Mater in England he was commissioned to write a new work for the music festival in Leeds. Despite advice that a biblical subject would be the surest guarantee of success, he persuaded the committee to accept an oratorio about one of the most important Czech saints, Ludmila, and conducted the world premiere of his work in Leeds in October 1886. The libretto was written at his request by one of the foremost Czech poets, Jaroslav Vrchlický. Dvořák placed great stock in his oratorio and invested maximum effort in its composition. It is among his largest works both in length and in size of vocal and orchestral performing forces, boasting extraordinary melodic invention, rich contrapuntal work, and beauty of sound. It can be understood as a monumental historical painting that illustrates the moment of birth of a new era in Czech history, uniting Christian symbolism with patriotism: two ideas that were of fundamental importance for Dvořák.

Kateřina Kněžíková - soprano
Alena Kropáčková - mezzosoprano
Richard Samek - tenor
Jozef Benci - bass
Ondřej Koplík - tenor
Prague Philharmonic Choir
Lukáš Vasilek - choirmaster
Czech Philharmonic
Jakub Hrůša - conductor




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