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Mahan Esfahani released new CD with Martinůs harpsichord concerto

The world known harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani releases new CD with harpsichord concertos of Bohuslav Martinů, Hans Krása and Viktor Kalabis under the Hyperion Records label on 3rd of February 2023. The Concerto for Harpsichord and Small Orchestra, H 246 from 1935 was recorded by the Prague-based artist with Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Alexander Liebreich.
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20th anniversary of the death of Dr. Ulrich Uchtenhagen

This year marks 20 years since the sudden tragic death of Dr. Ulrich Uchtenhagen (*1926), who died on 31 January 2003 in a car accident in Zimbabwe. This lawyer and great lover of classical music was not only the director of the Swiss Copyright Organisation (SUISA) from 1961-1989, but also the personal advisor to two prominent European composers whose fates met in Switzerland, namely Paul Hindemith and Bohuslav Martinů.
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Romance for violin and piano in world premiere with Frank Peter Zimmermann

Romance for Violin and Piano, dating from 1930, was found by the musicologist Natálie Krátká in the National Library of Israel in Jerusalem. The world premiere will take place on 10th January in Wigmore Hall in London. The star performers are violinist Frank Peter Zimmermann and pianost Martin Helmchen. The piece was already performed by Petr Nouzovský and Martin Kasík in transcription for cello and piano on the benefit concert of B. Martinů Institute in Prague in November.
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Letters from Martinů to Albert Prins gifted to BMI

Bohuslav Martinů Institute received the original letters by Bohuslav and Charlotte Martinů to Albert and Cora Prins! Albert Prins was a long-time president of Haag’s men choir Die Haghe Sanghers. Martinů composed the Mount od Three Lights, H 349, to the choir.
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New double issue of Martinů Revue about the critical edition

New double issue (2-3 2022) of the magazine Martinů Revue is dedicated to the biggest project of Martinů scholarship and Czech musicology in general: the Bohuslav Martinů Complete Edition. The issue includes interviews with Jonáš Hájek, the chief editor of the project at Bärenreiter Prague publishing house, and the pianist Ivo Kahánek, who participated on the preparation of the fourth piano concerto. Professor Giselher Schubert presents the problems of thirteenth volume that will include three versions of the first cello concerto.
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New recording of cello sonatas

German-Canadian violoncellist Johannes Moser recorded together with Russian pianist Andrej Korobejnikov the complete three sonatas for violoncello and piano by Bohuslav Martinů.
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The Bohuslav Martinů Institute has discovered a lost work by Martinů It will be performed at a benefit concert by Petr Nouzovský and Martin Kasík.

Romance for Violin and Piano, dating from 1930, was found by the musicologist Natálie Krátká in the National Library of Israel in Jerusalem. It will be premiered in a transcription for violoncello and piano by Petr Nouzovský and Martin Kasík at a benefit concert of the Institute, which will be held at Profession House in Malostranské Square in Prague on 8 November.
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New recording of second cello concerto and sonata

Polish violoncellist Bartosz Koziak recorded the Concerto for cello and orchestra No. 2, H 304 and Sonata for cello and piano No. 2, H 286. He performed as a soloist with the Janáček Philharmonic Ostrava under the baton of Petr Popelka. Pianist Radoslaw Kurek cooperated on the chamber piece.
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Martinů Festtage 2022

The 26th edition of the Martinů Festtage will take place in Basel from 23 October 23 to 6 November 2022.
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Nikolay Biryukov won the Martinů Prize at Concertino Praga

Young russian pianist Nikolay Biryukov won the Bohuslav Martinů Foundation Prize at the Concertino Praga competition. The prize is awarded for best rendition of composer's piece. The jury appreciated Biryukov's interpretation of Dupák from Three Czech Dances, H 154.
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BBC Proms | Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra

Friday 5 August 2022. The chief conductor of the Czech Philharmonic Semyon Bychkov and the Labèque Sisters will perform a double piano concerto by Martinů at the famous BBC Proms festival.
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Bohuslav Martinů Institute at the IAML Congress

The employees of Bohuslav Martinů Institute are taking part in the Congress organized by International Association of Music Libraries, Archives and Documentation Centres (IAML) that takes place in Prague 24-29 July. The Institute will also welcome the congress participants and present its library and way of work.
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New issue of Martinů Revue about newly found correspondence and photos

First issue of Martinů Revue in 2022 documents the relationship between Bohuslav Martinů and the diplomat Vladimír Vaněk. Their newly available correspondence and photos of the composer from Vaněk’s archive shed a new light and the late Italian period of Martinů’s life. The eminent Czech diplomat and the composer met as young men already in Paris where they even shared an apartment. They met again and the end of their lives in Rome. Around fifty newly discovered photos of the working composer were shot there. The new issue of the magazine reflects their relationship in an article by Martin Ledvinka. It contains a text from the Vaněk himself, “I went to Vieux-Moulin for a penknife”, in which he remembers meeting with Charlotte after the composer’s death.
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Martinů pieces performed at a unique concert celebrating the Czech Presidency of the Council of the EU

Musicians from the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague and the Belgian Luca School of Arts performed together a unique concert celebrating the Czech Presidency of the Council of the EU on 3rd July 2022. The concert was held simultaneously in the Martinů Hall in Prague and Kamermuziekzaal in Leuven. They were interconnected by the unique technology of the CESNET association, which transmits sound and high-definition video with minimal delay.
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Bohuslav Martinů Foundation Medal was awarded to Ludvík Kašpárek

The Bohuslav Martinů Foundation Medal was awarded to the musicologist, publicist, and dramaturge PhDr. Ludvík Kašpárek at the occasion of his jubilee. The Board of Directors has given the award and diploma on 14th June 2022.
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Aleš Březina speaks about Martinů recordings on German Radio

The director of Bohuslav Martinů Institute, Mgr. Aleš Březina, Ph.D, spoke about recordings of pieces by Bohuslav Martinů on the program Interpretationen of the German radio Deutschlandfunk Kultur. He spoke with the host Elisabeth Hahn about the composition and recordings comparison of three compositions related to the war period, Double Concerto for two string orchestras, piano and timpani, H 271, Field Mass, H 279, and Memorial to Lidice, H 296.
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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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