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Magical nights at the opera

Friday 20 May 2022. A special concert Magical Nights at the Opera, introducing a stellar singing cast featuring three mysterious vocal works by three composers.
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The Martinů Award at the Prague Spring Competition goes to the clarinetist Anna Sysová

The Bohuslav Martinů Foundation Award for the best rendition of B. Martinů piece was won by the clarinetist Anna Sysová at the Prague Spring Competition. The price was handed over by doc. Irvin Venyš, the director of Bohuslav Martinů Foundation.
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Martinů fest Polička 2022

The 25th year of the traditional Martinů fest Polička festival will take place from 12 to 19 May 2022. The composer's work, but not only his, will be commemorated by a lot of concerts and the accompanying program.
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Czech soprano Kateřina Kněžíková wins BBC Music Magazine Award

Czech soprano Kateřina Kněžíková wins BBC Music Magazine Award, also with Martinů music!!!
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Josef Špaček | The Voice of Rare Violin

Thursday 28 April 2022. Martinů's first violin concerto is said by its Ostrava performer Josef Špaček to be technically demanding, even "borderline written". The orchestra will be conducted by the chief conductor of the Janáček Philharmonic Ostrava, Vasily Sinai.
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Serenades and Harpsichord Concerto | NeoKlasik orchestra

Monday, 25 April 2022, 8 p.m. NeoKlasik orchestr plays Serenades No. 1 and 3 and Concerto for Harpsichord and Small Orchestra
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Martinů's Duos for violin and cello on new CD by Jamník and Špaček

Paths – crossing and diverging, those we choose ourselves and those that are predestined and inevitable: through this prism the violinist Josef Špaček and the cellist Tomáš Jamník view the music by Leoš Janáček, Gideon Klein, Bohuslav Martinů and Ervín Schulhoff written within a mere 35 years of the 20th century. Supraphon will release their album Paths on 22 April 2022 on CD and in digital formats within international distribution.
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La revue de cuisine | Czech Chamber Music Society

4 April 2022 The combination of suites from a 1927 jazz ballet and 1918 ballet music for seven instruments is not accidental; both date from about the same time and share chamber instrumentation requiring excellent performers.
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To the Paris episode of Adolf Loos and Jan Zrzavý

23 March 2022 Online lecture by PhDr. Dagmar Černoušková on Adolf Loose's contacts with Jan Zrzavý, Bohuslav Martinů and other artists in interwar Paris.
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Current exhibitions

These days, it is possible to visit two music exhibitions, which also present the work of Bohuslav Martinů.
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Songs on One Page recorded in orchestral version by Jiří Teml

Sopranist Karolína Janů recorded Songs on One Page, H 294 by Bohuslav Martinů in orchestral version created by Jiří Teml. The soloist sings with Pilsen Philharmonic under the baton of Chuhei Iwasaki. The new CD was released by German publishing house Ars Produktion. The composer Jiří Teml is former member of Supervisiory board of Bohuslav Martinů Foundation. The orchestral arrange of Songs was written in 1997, Teml instrumented also Antonín Dvořák’s Gypsy Melodies, op. 55, that is on the new CD too.
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Reviews: Symphony No. 1 in New York

Jakub Hrůša and New York Philharmonic performed the Symphony No. 1, H 289 by Bohuslav Martinů. For three evenings in February 10-12, 2022, it was to be heard with pieces by Zoltán Kodály and Franz Liszt in Alice Tully Hall. The American media are referring positively about the concert and the first performance of the symphony by New York Philharmonic.
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Online lecture: Adolf Loos, European

Series of lectures by PhDr. Dagmar Černoušková about the important Brno architect Adolf Loos, who also knew Bohuslav Martinů.
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Echoes of Bohuslav Martinů Days Festival

The 27th year of Bohuslav Martinů Days festival took place in December in Prague under strict pandemic restrictions. For everyone who couldn’t enjoy the beautiful pieces in the Martinů Hall of Liechtenstein Palace, the Bohuslav Martinů Foundation presents video recordings of four festival evenings.
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Recording of Martinů late pieces shortlisted for Anděl Award

Recording of late pieces by Bohuslav Martinů (Les Fresques, The Parables, Estampes) that was published as CD by Supraphon, is shortlisted for Czech music award Anděl in the classic category. The Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra is conducted by Tomáš Netopil.
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Toccata e due canzoni on Czech TV

Czech TV channel art will broadcast a recording of concert dedicated to French Presidency of the Council of the European Union. Next to french composers, Toccata e due canzoni, H 311 by Bohuslav Martinů was played too by PKF–Prague Philharmonia, conductor Emmanuel Villaume and pianist Stanislav Gallin.
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New bilingual publication about Martinů and Novák

New publication An Artist Must Never Lose Courage : Jan Novák and Bohuslav Martinů in the Light of the Correspondence by Martin Flašar and Pavel Žůrek is being published by Masaryk University. The bilingual book sheds light to the post-war cultural politics of Czechoslovakia that influenced the reception of both composers. New publication An Artist Must Never Lose Courage : Jan Novák and Bohuslav Martinů in the Light of the Correspondence by Martin Flašar (Department of Musicology, Masaryk University) and Pavel Žůrek (Bohuslav Martinů Institute) is being published by Masaryk University. The bilingual book sheds light to the post-war cultural politics of Czechoslovakia that influenced the reception of both composers.
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The Bohuslav Martinů Foundation has a new Director, Irvin Venyš

The foundation charged with administering the estate of the composer Bohuslav Martinů has a new Director from the start of this year – doc. Irvin Venyš. The post was previously held by Prof. Jiří Hlaváč, who symbolically handed over his office at the last concert of the Bohuslav Martinů Days.
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Martinů's Puppets in audiovisual project of Baderna Moderna ansamble

The project From the twins Harlequin and Colombine to echoes in Pierrot marks the debut of Baderna Moderna, a music group formed by Brazilian classical musicians with focus on contemporary music. This first work, presented in the format of music plus narration, is based on Puppets, music by Bohuslav Martinů. Inspired by this music, Brazilian journalist Claudia Piccazio created a story, written especially for this project.
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The third Martinů Revue of 2021 is out

The last issue of Martinů Revue in 2021 deals with the new movie My Life with Bohuslav Martinů that was premiered during the preparations of the magazine. In an interview, the director Jakub Sommer explains his intention of bringing the music and life of the composer closer to broader and younger audience. The issue also informs about the last volume of Bohuslav Martinů Complete Edition that is the opera Ariane, H 370. The article by Monika Holá is concerned with the winter holidays of the Martinů couple in Polička and the destiny of photos that were photographed there. Aleš Březina interviews Jakub Hrůša about Martinů’s symphonies and Kateřina Kněžíková and Markéta Cukrová about the opera Tears of the Knife, H 169 that was done in lockdown in Berlin by Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester.
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