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Miloslav Bureš, author of the text for the Opening of the Springs, passed away fifty years ago

On November 12th, fifty years ago, Czech poet Miloslav Bureš has passed away. Born in Polička, Miloslav Bureš was close friend of Bohuslav Martinů, whom he visited in 1957 and 1959 in Italy and Switzerland. Bureš's texts were used by Martinů for his four cantatas: the Legend of the Smoke from Potato Tips, Mikesh from the Mountains, a Dandelion Romance and one of his most prominent compositions Opening of the Springs, which he dedicated to Miloslav Bureš.
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Mahan Esfahani's invitation to the benefit concert for the Bohuslav Martinů Institute

On Monday, November 19, the fourth benefit concert will be held to support the scientific work of the Bohuslav Martinů Institute, whose main task since 2014 is to publish the work of Martinů in critical editions. Every year, at its benefit concerts, there perform significant artists, such were Enrico Pieranunzi, Josef Špaček, Martina Janková, Ivo Kahanek and others. This year, internationally acclaimed Iranian-American harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani accepted the invitation of the Bohuslav Martinů Institute.
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New recording of What Men Live By prasied in reviews

Just a few days after the release of the opera recording What Men Live By, the album is taken into notice by Czech and foreign reviewers. The one-act opera by Bohuslav Martinů, performed by the Czech Philharmonic, Jiří Bělohlávek and others, was awarded Recording of the Week by Presto Classical, and the Czech Radio Vltava called it Album of the Day.
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Jiří Bělohlávek's final word on the music of Bohuslav Martinů

One of the most important events in classical music this autumn will be the release of a recording of Bohuslav Martinů’s pastoral opera What Men Live By, wonderfully performed by Jiří Bělohlávek with the Czech Philharmonic and a whole host of important soloists. The world premiere recording will be released by Supraphon both on CD and in digital formats on 19th October 2018.
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Bohuslav Pavles turned 70 years old

On Sunday, October 14th, cellist and member of the Bohuslav Martinů Foundation‘s Board of Directors Bohuslav Pavlas turned 70 years old. He performed at more than 1200 concerts and collaborated with artists, such as Jiří Bělohlávek, Josef Suk or Charles Mackerras.
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Jakub Hrůša's debut with Berliner Philharmoniker in reviews

At the three concerts from October 11th to 13th, conductor Jakub Hrůša conducted for the first time the Berliner Philharmoniker. President of the International Martinů Circle chose to perform Czech program, with the Martinů's Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 1 naturally being in the spotlight, also because of the renowned soloist Frank Peter Zimmermann. Music reviewers (The Classical Source, Harmonie and KlasikaPlus.cz) praised the performance almost without objections.
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Jakub Hrůša for the first time with Berliner Philharmoniker

Another great success for Czech conductor Jakub Hrůša was his debut with Berliner Philharmoniker on Thursday, October 11. He chose purely Czech programme for his first performance with the renowned orchestra: Dvořák's Golden Spinning Wheel, Janáček's Taras Bulba and Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 1 by Bohuslav Martinů, in which soloist Frank Peter Zimmermann took part. Another performance is scheduled for October 12 and 13, the Saturday concert will be live-streamed within the Digital Concert Hall.
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Prof. Jiří Hlaváč celebrates his 70th birthday. Congratulations!

On Friday, October 12, clarinetist, pedagogue and director of the Bohuslav Martinů Foundation professor Jiří Hlaváč, celebrated his 70th birthday. On this occasion, a congratulatory concert will take place on October 20th at the Martinů Hall, where the Dvořák Chamber Orchestra, conductor Jaroslav Vodňanský and Professor Jiří Hlaváč will perform works by Martinů, Janáček, Svoboda, Richter and Hlaváč.
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Violist prof. Lubomír Malý was awarded the Bohuslav Martinů Medal

Violist prof. Lubomír Malý, who recently celebrated his 80th birthday, was given the Bohuslav Martinů Foundation Medal during the Bohuslav Martinů Days Festival 2018 press conference. The Bohuslav Martinů Medal is handed over to prominent figures who have promoted Martinů's music and legacy. Among those who are awarded are, for example, Rudolf Firkušný, Zuzana Růžičková, Jiří Bělohlávek or Sir Charles Mackerras.
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11 superb concerts in Prague for this year's the Bohuslav Martinů Days

The Bohuslav Martinů Days, running from 18 November to 19 December this year, will offer eleven performances of some of the most prominent artists of the Czech and international music scenes. The festival will welcome Petr Nouzovský and the Pilsen Philharmonic, Ivo Kahánek, Frank Peter Zimmermann and the Czech Philharmonic under the direction of Jakub Hrůša, the Wihan Quartet, Anna Paulová, and the Guarneri Trio, among others. Martinů’s music will also be celebrated by subscription concerts of the Czech Chamber Music Society, the Prague Radio Orchestra, and the Prague Castle Guard Band.
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Jiří Rožeň makes his debut with BBC Philharmonic

Young Czech conductor Jiří Rožeň made his debut with BBC Philharmonic on September 26, when they performed Martinů's final symphony, his 'Fantaisies symphoniques', and one of Dvořák’s Serenade for Strings. The performance was broadcasted live on BBC Radio 3.
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New volume of the Bohuslav Martinů Complete Edition with Quadruple Concertos is out

Another volume from the Bohuslav Martinů Complete Edition is released by Bärenreiter. The sixth volume which was prepared by the Bohuslav Martinů Institute deals with Martinů’s "Quadruple Concertos" (Concerto for String Quartet and Orchestra and Sinfonia concertante). This new volume will be presented at the benefit concert for the Bohuslav Martinů Institute on November 19, where cembalist Mahan Esfahani will perform works by Bach, Martinů and Kalabis.
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Max Kellerhals would turn 100 today

Today, a great lover of music, a Swiss priest and a close friend of Bohuslav Martinů Max Kellerhals (24. 9. 1918 - 24. 8. 2013) would be 100 years old. He was a priest in municipalities in the canton of Basel–Landschaft, near Liestal, the town in which Bohuslav Martinů died. Max Kellerhals accompanied Bohuslav Martinů in the final days of his life and participated in organising his funeral in Switzerland and, twenty years later, the transportation of the composer’s remains to Czechoslovakia.
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Mahan Esfahani will perform at the benefit concert for the Bohuslav Martinů Institute

On the upcoming benefit concert for the Bohuslav Martinů Institute, the star of the harpsichord and the last pupil of prof Zuzana Růžičková Mahan Esfahani will perform the works by Martinů, Bach and Kalabis. The event will take place on Monday, November 19, at the Kaiserstein Palace, Prague.
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Bohuslav Martinů Days festival launches presale

In the past days, the presale of tickets for the 24th Bohuslav Martinů Days Festival 2018 was launched. It will take place from 18 November to 19 December 2018. You can look forward for example to the Pilsen Philharmonic with Petr Nouzovský, Ivo Kahánek, Wihan Quartet, Anna Paulová, Guarneri Trio, Kühn's Children's Choir, Martin Kasík, or North Bohemian Philharmonic Orchestra Teplice. Tickets can be purchased here: www.goout.net/en/festivals/dny-bohuslava-martinu-2018/idjhd/
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New Martinů Revue 2/2018 is out

Special about the Russian premiere of the Greek Passion, the obituary of a legend Gennady Rozhdestvensky, reviews on Juliette in Wuppertal, or an article about how Martinů spent his holidays. The new issue of the magazine Martinů Revue is out and as always contains news, interviews, articles and reviews related to the Czech composer Bohuslav Martinů and his work.
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Promising start. Bohuslav Martinů Complete Edition in Opus musicum

The latest issue of Opus musicum includes a review of the Bohuslav Martinů Complete Edition. Praise is lavished on the edition by doc. Jiří Zahrádka of Masaryk University, who took a detailed look at two volumes, The Epic of Gilgamesh (ed. Aleš Březina) and Cantatas on texts by Miloslav Bureš (ed. Vít Zouhar). The Bohuslav Martinů Complete Edition is a project entrusted to the Bohuslav Martinů Institute by the Bohuslav Martinů Foundation and published by Bärenreiter.
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Juliette for the first time in the USA

In 2019, the US premiere of Bohuslav Martinů’s opera Juliette (The Key to Dreams), H 253 will take place in Carnegie Hall, New York City. The concert performance of Martinů´s most succesful opera will take place in Czech on 22nd March by the American Symphony Orchestra under the baton of its music director and chief-conductor Leon Botstein.
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What Men Live By at the Golden Prague 2018

A new TV one-act opera by Bohuslav Martinů What Men Live By will have its premiere on September 21 at 19.30 at the New Stage of the National Theatre in Prague. It will be screened at the International Televison Festival Golden Prague which is organised by Czech Televison.
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Dr Jiří Pilka has passed away

On July 7, musicologist, music popularizer, radio and television concert moderator and publicist Jiří Pilka has passed away in the age of 88. He was a longtime member of the B ohuslav Martinů Foundation Supervisory Board and in 2012 was awarded a Bohuslav Martinů Foundation Medal thanks to his promotion of Martinů’s work.
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Gennady Rozhdestvensky has passed away at the age of 87

One of the world's most famous conductors Gennady Rozhdestvensky passed away on Saturday, June 16th. Rozhdestvensky, who was also a composer and pianist, was one of the founding members of the Bohuslav Martinů Society, International Martinů Circle, and for his lifetime promotion of Martinů 's work was awarded the Bohuslav Martinů Foundation Medal in 2003.
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Czech music lover Patrick Lambert turns 75

On Friday June 15, former longtime music editor and BBC Radio 3 producer Patrick Lambert celebrates his 75th birthday. Czech music lover Lambert has a special interest in Czech music, particularly Janáček and Martinů, which he demonstrated throughout his career.
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Bohuslav Martinů in the upcoming season of the National Theatre Brno

The National Theatre Brno revealed its program for the 2018/2019 season, in which it will commemorate the 60th anniversary of the death of Bohuslav Martinů (1890-1959). During the season, it will stage one premiere of Martinů’s opera and two other productions from previous years.
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Serving orchestral goodies. Martinů's early music in reviews

At the end of last year, a new album from Toccata Classics with early orchestral works vol. III by Bohuslav Martinů was released. The album contains two short pieces Dream of the Past, H 124 or Ballade (after Böcklin’s picture Villa by the Sea), H 97 and the symphonic triptych Vanishing Midnight, H 131. Album recorded by Ian Hobson with Sinfonia Warsaw and pianist Agnieszka Kopack is now reviewed by music magazines.
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Jiří Bělohlávek: Recollection

Supraphon has released a huge collection of recordings by Jiří Bělohlávek, which were created between 1971 and 2016. It is a collection of pivotal and unknown recordings as well, which were recorded by the Brno Philharmonic, the Czech Philharmonic, the Prague Philharmonia, or the Prague Symphony Orchestra. “The selection of Jiří Bělohlávek’s recordings was made less than a year after his passing away. It above all serves to recollect the extraordinary musician and human,” said Matouš Vlčinský, Supraphon’s prouducer.
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Symphony No. 4 in the Prague Spring Festival

On June 1, 2018, American conductor David Robertson and Czech Philharmonic will perform Martinů during the Prague Spring Festival. The music director of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and the chief conductor of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra will conduct in Municipal House Bartók’s Bluebeard's Castle and the famous Symphony No. 4, H 305 by Bohuslav Martinů. „This will be my first time conducting the 4thSymphony, but the resonance of playing it in the Prague Spring is wonderful,“ says David Robertson.
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Diapason d'Or goes to Martinů's Madrigals

After the Gramophone magazine awarded the recording of Bohuslav Martinů’s Madrigals by Martinů Voices and choirmaster Lukáš Vasilek Editor's Choice, another prestigious magazine praises the new album released by Supraphon. In the May issue of the Diapason, Madrigals received the Diapason d'Or.
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Prague Spring laureate Václav Petr was given Bohuslav Martinů Foundation Award

The young Czech cellist Václav Petr was awarded 2nd prize from this year's Prague Spring competition, which is even more valuable because the first prize was not awarded. Václav Petr, who has been the concert master of the Czech Philharmonic since 2014, left behind in the final round contestants from Austria, Ukraine or South Korea. Besides the 2nd prize, he won a special prize of the Bohuslav Martinů Foundation for the best performance of the piece written by Martinů.
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Martinů for the first time in Zambia

At the beginning of May, Martinů’s music was performed for the first time in Zambia during the first year of the Lusaka Art Festival, which was founded by Zambian enthusiasts and several embassies. Cellist Martin Sedlák, who won the Bohuslav Martinu Foundation Competition in 1997, performed Variations on a Theme of Slovak Folk Song, H 378 by Bohuslav Martinů together with pianist Latvian Agnes Eglina.
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New issue of Martinů Revue (1.2018) is out! Now also in digital version

The first issue of Martinů Revue of 2018 was published and as always it contains all the latest news, reviews and interviews concerning the Czech composer Bohuslav Martinů, as well as information on recent publications and newly released albums with his music. It is now available in digital version.
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Songs thrice lost

When Bohuslav Martinů composed his Three Songs after Poems by Guillaume Apollinaire, (H 197) in 1930 for the singer Anna Pečírková, he probably did not foresee that the songs would be lost three times over in the following years - and that they would be found again three times. The first loss occurred in 1933, a few days before the first performance, but the songs were successfully discovered in time for Pečírková and her accompanist Václav Štěpan to perform them as planned in Prague’s Mozarteum. The manuscript was lost for a second time in 1944, when the Gestapo burst into Anna Pečírková's flat. The manuscript and other things belonging to her were packed up; she herself was taken to Terezín and later to the concentration camp at Ravensbruck. Fortunately, all turned out well and she survived the war. Miraculously, Miloš Šebánek discovered the manuscript in a second-hand bookshop after the war and brought it back to Pečírková. It was lost for a third time when the singer loaned it to Miloš Šafránek in 1949 and he failed to return it. In the end, the three songs were discovered last year in the estate of Czech choirmaster Miroslav Košler, later to be purchased by the Bohuslav Martinů Foundation.
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Martinů fest 2018

From May 6, 21st Martinů fest 2018 will take place in Polička. Apollon Quartet, the Prague Castle Guard and Police Orchestra, soprano Gabriela Beňačková or pianist Karel Košárek will perform works mostly by Bohuslav Martinů. The festival will begin with a commemorative act at the Bohuslav Martinů’s grave and with the opening concert at Tyl House, where Martinů's Opening of the Springs will be performed.
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Laterna magika celebrates with the Opening of the Springs

The National Theatre in Prague will celebrate the 60th anniversary since the founding of the world’s first multimedia theatre – Laterna Magika. It will be commemorated especially by the festive performance of the cantata Opening of the Springs by Bohuslav Martinů, which was prepared already in 1960 by the founder of Laterna magika and director Alfréd Radok together with choreographer Zora Šemberová.
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Die Haghe Sanghers will perform in Polička

On April 29th, the Dutch male choir Die Haghe Sanghers, founded almost a century ago, will perform at the Tyl House, Polička. The choir is closely associated with Bohuslav Martinů, as he originally composed the cantata Mount of Three Lights, H 349 for male choir, baritone and organ for Haghe Sanghers. The Mount of Three Lights has been a part of Haghe Sanghers‘ repertoire for more than 60 years since 1955, when it was premiered in Bern. The cantata will be performed on Sunday in Polička, together with compositions by Bedřich Smetana, Karel Bendl, Edward Grieg and Leoš Janáček.
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Recording of the Month goes to Bouquet of Flowers

The recently released recording of the Bohuslav Martinů’s Bouquet of Flowers, which was recorded by the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra led by conductor Tomáš Netopil, has received award Recording of the Month by the MusicWeb International. The new recording by Supraphon with Jan Novák's Philharmonic Dances was recorded also by soloists Kateřina Kněžíková, Michaela Kapustová, Jaroslav Březina, Adam Plachetka, the Prague Philharmonic Choir, and Kühn's Children's Choir.
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Concertos released by Pentatone

The new album with Martinů’s double-concertos and concerto for solo instruments and orchestra has been released by Pentatone label. Soloists are women only, sisters Momo and Mari Kodama perform Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra, H292, as well as sisters Deborah and Sarah Nemtanu who perform Concerto in D major for two violins and orchestra, H329. Rhapsody-Concerto for Viola and Orchestra, H 337 is played by violist Magali Demesse. The new CD is recorded by Marseille Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Lawrence Foster.
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The Greek Passion for the first time in Russia

On April 19, the Greek Passion by Bohuslav Martinů was staged for the first time in Russia in Ekaterinburg State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre. Director of the first version of the opera is Thaddeus Strassberger and conductor of the production is the current Chiefconductor of the Ekaterinburg Opera Oliver van Dohnanyi.
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Bohuslav Martinů in the upcoming season of the Czech Philharmonic

The Czech Philharmonic presented a complete program for its 123rd season at the press conference. In 2019, it will commemorate the 60th anniversary since the death of Bohuslav Martinů, whose name will be regularly appearing on concert programs. In Prague‘s Rudolfinum, Martinů’s pieces will be conducted by the names such as Jakub Hrůša, David Robertson, Semyon Bychkov or Jiří Rožeň. His works for soloists and orchestra will be performed by violinist Frank Peter Zimmermann or oboist Jana Brožková.
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A momentary opening of the heavens. Two symphonies by Bohuslav Martinů performed by the Czech Philharmonic

For three days late this March, Prague’s Rudolfinum was almost exclusively devoted to Bohuslav Martinů. Besides a rendition of Arnold Schoenberg’s Piano Concerto Op. 42, Jakub Hrůša, President of the International Martinů Circle, led the Czech Philharmonic through two of Martinů’s symphonies – Symphony No. 3 and Fantaisies symphoniques (Symphony No. 6). The performance was part of a project to record the symphonic works of Martinů for Supraphon and to create a complete audiovisual series of his symphonies. Read the enthusiastic reviews of the concert published in Harmonie, Opera Plus, and iDNES.cz.
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Two symphonies in Rudolfinum

The Czech Philharmonic will present on March 28 - 30 works of two European composers who were forced to emigrate to the United States because of the World War II. Under the baton of Jakub Hrůša, Symphony No. 3, H 299 and Fantaisies Symphoniques (Symphony No. 6), H 343 by Bohuslav Martinů will be performed at the Prague Rudolfinum. The program will also include the Piano Concerto Op. 42 by Arnold Schönberg performed by Japanese pianist Mitsuko Uchida.
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Bohuslav Martinů's letters dedicated to Polička

Town Museum and Gallery Polička received an unique gift - a complete set of original letters written by Bohuslav Martinů to his friend Frank Rybka. The descendants of a composer's friend living in America have decided to dedicate letters to the museum. Now the letters were moved to Czech Republic and became part of the most extensive collection of manuscripts of the famous Czech composer Bohuslav Martinů.
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František Pospíšil passed away at the age of 83

On March 11, violinist, pedagogue and conductor František Pospíšil passed away at the age of 83. Pospíšil premiered Bohuslav Martinů's Bergerettes for violin, cello and piano, H 275 with Foerster Trio thanks to his meeting with Charlotte Martinů. The Bergerettes were recorded for Czechoslovak Radio in 1965.
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Final volume of Martinů's Songs by Naxos

The fifth and final volume of the complete songs by Bohuslav Martinů has been released. Featuring mezzosoprano Jana Hrochová (Wallingerová) and pianist Giorgio Koukl as in previous volumes, the album released by Naxos offers more than 30 songs written in the first half of the 20th century. It also includes 3 Songs after Poems by G. Apollinaire, long thought to be lost but rediscovered just few weeks before recording. „The music is surely the highlight of all the edition's five volumes,“ says Jana Hrochová.
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Graham Melville-Mason turned 85 this year

Graham Melville-Mason is surely well known to all lovers of Czech music. This British musicologist, writer and organizer led British Dvořák Society and also worked as an honorary advisor of the Prague Spring Festival. At the beginning of March, he celebrated his 85th birthday which did not escape attention of cellist and member of the Martinů Quartet Jitka Vlašánková, longtime friend of this great promoter of Czech music and music of Bohuslav Martinů.
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Extraordinary, skilful and atmospheric music. Gramophone's Editor's Choice for Madrigals

The March issue of the prestigious Gramophone magazine brings another great news for Czech music. Gramophone awarded the recording of Bohuslav Martinů’s Madrigals by Martinů Voices and choirmaster Lukáš Vasilek Editor's Choice. An album with six choir cycles was released by Supraphon in January 2018.
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Diapason d'Or for the Epic of Gilgamesh

The new recording of the Epic of Gilgamesh released by Supraphon last October received another prestigious award. In the February issue of the most prominent French magazine Diapason, it received the Diapason d'Or. The album, which features the Czech Philharmonic under the baton of Manfred Honeck, the Prague Philharmonic Choir and soloists, has since release been awarded the Disc of the Week (BBC Radio 3), the Sunday Times (Album of the Week) or the Sunday Times (Album of the Year).
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The festive launch of the fifth volume of the Bohuslav Martinů Complete Edition

The director of the Bohuslav Martinů Institute Aleš Březina and violinist and composer Pravoslav Kohout launched the fifth volume of the Bohuslav Martinů Complete Edition on March 6. This volume contains critical edition of String Quartets Nos. 4 – 7 which Martinů composed between 1937 and 1947. The festive launch took place at the Bedřich Smetana Museum where the Stamic Quartet performed Martinů’s String Quartet No. 7 (Concerto da camera), H 314.
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Juliette in the National Theatre in Prague 80 years after the world premiere

Bohuslav Martinů’s most famous opera Juliette was premiered in Prague on March 16, 1938. The Opera of the National Theatre in Prague will commemorate the 80th anniversary of the world premiere with the best way possible - with a performance of the opera. The anniversary will be also commemorated by the exhibition in Václav Havel Square, which will be held until March 21. It features photographs from the first and current production of Juliette or of the original score. The National Theatre in Prague also participates for the first time in the project Operavision.eu which broadcasts the opera online.
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Premiere of Juliette in Wuppertal

On March 3, Bohuslav Martinů’s opera Julliete (The Key to Dreams), H 253 will be premiered in Wuppertal. Director of the production is Inga Levant, the orchestra of Wuppertaler Bühnen will lead young Austrian conductor Johannes Pell. Main soloists are Ralitsa Ralin as Juliette and Sangmin Jeon as Michel.
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Festive launch of the new volume of the BMCE

Festive launch of the critical edition of String Quartets Nos. 4 – 7 composed during 1937 and 1947 by Bohuslav Martinů will take place on March 6, 2018 at the Bedřich Smetana Museum. It is already the fifth volume of the Bohuslav Martinů Complete Edition which is prepared by the Bohuslav Martinů Institute with the support of the Bohuslav Martinů Foundation and published by Bärenreiter. The event will be moderated by the director of the B. Martinů Institute Aleš Březina, the violinist and composer Pravoslav Kohout will launch the new volume and Martinů Quartet will then perform String Quartet No. 7 (Concerto da camera), H 314.
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Bohuslav Martinů e-shop: New black umbrella with signature

An elegant black umbrella "signed" by Bohuslav Martinů is newly available in the Bohuslav Martinů E-shop. Besides new umbrella, Martinů e-shop offers publications, brochures, sheet music, CD and other materials and it also offers products not currently available in bookstores.
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Dr. František Popelka turns 85

Those interested in Bohuslav Martinů and his music are most likely to know of Dr. František Popelka, an ardent promoter of the composer’s legacy. This year, he is celebrating a significant anniversary (he was born on 19 February 1933 in Polička). The “Dr.” before his name is of importance for the Polička natives, so as to distinguish him from his father, František Popelka, Sr. (1908-1989), a violinist, bibliophile, museum curator and an “old-school” enthusiast, who too was a great champion of Martinů’s music. In order not to be mistaken for his father. Dr. Popelka also signed himself as “Iša”, the children’s form of his first name.
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The Prague Philharmonic Choir will perform Martinů in the Mariinsky Theater

The Prague Philharmonic Choir prepares for the first ever tour to Russia. Its three performances in the most prestigious concert halls of St. Petersburg and Moscow will offer music of Czech composers such as Leoš Janáček, Bohuslav Martinů and Antonín Dvořák. The Prague Philharmonic Choir, led by its choirmaster Lukáš Vasilek, will perform on February 12 the Cantatas of the Czech Highlands by Bohuslav Martinů, in one of the most famous opera houses, in the concert hall of the Mariinsky Theater together with Pavla Vykopalová (soprano), Jana Hrochová (alto), Martin Slavík (tenor) and Jiří Brückler (baritone).
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Bohuslav Martinů: Madrigals

Supraphon released new album recorded by vocal ensemble Martinů Voices with its choirmaster Lukáš Vasilek containing complete Bohuslav Martinů's choral works: Madrigals (Madrigals (Part-Song Book), H 380, Primrose, H 348, Czech Madrigals, H 278, Three Sacred Songs (Three Legends), H 339, Four Songs About Mary, H 235, Five Czech Madrigals, H 321).
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Ivo Kahánek and Petr Nouzovský with the Pilsen Philharmonic Orchestra are winners of the Classic Prague Awards

Pianist Ivo Kahánek and cellist Petr Nouzovský with the Pilsen Philharmonic Orchestra are winners of the Classic Prague Awards 2017. Kahánek for his performance of Bohuslav Martinů's Incantations, Petr Nouzovský with the Pilsen Philharmonic Orchestra for an album with complete Martinů‘s works for cello and orchestra. The prizes were handed over on Saturday, January 20, at the Municipal House in Prague.
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Bohuslav Martinů's Cantatas nominated for the BBC Music Magazine Award

The Supraphon album with Bohuslav Martinů’s four cantatas from the Czech Highlands has appeared among three albums nominated for the BBC Music Magazine Award in the category of choral works (Choral Award). The cantatas on texts by Miloslav Bureš were recorded by the Prague Philharmonic Choir with choirmaster Lukáš Vasilek and soloists. It is another of the prestigious awards for this album after being named Editor's Choice in two British magazines focused on classical music - Gramophone and BBC Music Magazine.
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New issue of Martinů Revue (3.2017) is out!

The third issue of Martinů Revue (3/2017) of 2017 was published and as always it contains all the latest news, reviews and interviews concerning the Czech composer Bohuslav Martinů, as well as information on recent publications and newly released albums with his music.
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Classic Prague Awards 2017: Artists nominated for Martinů

The Classic Prague Awards 2017 will award the best that has happened in the past year in the Czech Republic in the field of classical music. Among the nominees are pianist Ivo Kahánek for his performance of Incantations by Bohuslav Martinů or Petr Nouzovský with the Pilsen Philharmonic Orchestra, who recently recorded an album with Martinů’s complete works for cello and orchestra. The winners will be announced during on 20 January 2018 in the Municipal House in Prague.
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Prof Zuzana Růžičková 91st birthday tribute events

Several events commemorating prof Zuzana Růžičková, who passed away last year, will take place in Prague on January 14th. Held at the Maisel Synagogue or Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, the events mark what would have been Mrs Růžičková’s 91st birthday.
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Gramophone chose Martinů's Cantatas as one of the albums of 2017

Prague Philharmonic Choir with Lukáš Vasilek are enjoying another appreciation of their album with four cantatas from the Czech Highlands released by Supraphon. According to prestigious magazine Gramophone, the album with Bohuslav Martinů’s Cantatas is one of the best recordings of 2017.
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Martinů: Complete Works for Cello and Orchestra

An unique album with complete Martinů’s works for cello and orchestra was released by German publishing house Dabringhaus und Grimm. This double CD was recorded by cellist Petr Nouzovský together with Pilsen Philharmonic and conductor Tomáš Brauner. Festive launch of the CD took place on December, 12 at the Bohuslav Martinů Foundation in Prague.
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Third volume of Early Ochestral Works is out

Toccata Classics released third volume of early orchestral works by Bohuslav Martinů. This series has offered, for example, the first recording of the ballet Shadow, H 102. In the following years, two more volumes are going to be released. As in previous albums, orchestra Sinfonia Varsovia with British conductor Ian Hobson perform Martinů’s early and almost forgotten pieces.
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73rd Prague Spring and Bohuslav Martinů

The 73rd International Music Festival Prague Spring will offer around 50 concerts between 12 May and 3 June 2018. Its main dramaturgical line will be the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the foundation of Czechoslovakia, which will be celebrated by the music of Czech and Slovak authors, whose works create a modern cultural picture of Czechoslovakia and the Czech Republic abroad. One of the main representatives of these authors is Bohuslav Martinů, his music will be performed for instance at the concerts of the Czech Philharmonic or Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra.
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23rd edition of the Festival Bohuslav Martinů Days dedicated to prof Václav Riedlbauch

23rd edition of the festival celebrating works of the world known Czech composer of modern classical music Bohuslav Martinů will take place in Prague from 5th to 20th December. This year’s edition is dedicated to the memory of prof. Václav Riedlbauch, former director of the Bohuslav Martinů Foundation, who passed away in November. Full program: https://www.martinu.cz/en/institutions/bohuslav-martinu-days/bohuslav-martinu-days-2017/program/
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Fifth volume of the BMCE presented at the Benefit Concert of the Bohuslav Martinů Institute

At the third benefit concert of the Bohuslav Martinů Institute, on November 20th, the fifth volume of the Bohuslav Martinů Complete Edition published by Bärenreiter was presented by its co-editor and director of the Bohuslav Martinů Institute Aleš Březina. It contains String Quartets No. 4 - 7, which Martinů composed between 1937 and 1947.
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Bohuslav Martinů Foundation Competition 2017 starts today

22nd Bohuslav Martinů Foundation Competition 2017 will be held during 23rd and 26th of November at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. This year, 27 young musicians from Czech Republic and Slovakia will compete in two royal categories: voice and cello. The jury, composed of the most renowned Czech pedagogues, soloists and chamber musicians, can look forward to the best of what the young generation can currently offer.
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CD with Bouquet of Flowers is out!

Supraphon, in cooperation with Czech Radio, releases an album with a new recording of Bohuslav Martinů's Bouquet of Flowers, H 260 and a premiere recording of Jan Novák's Philharmonic Dances. It is performed by the Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra with conductor Tomáš Netopil, soloists Kateřina Kněžíková, Michael Kapustová, Jaroslav Březina, Adam Plachetka, Prague Philharmonic Choir and Kühn's Children's Choir.
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CD Bohuslav Martinů Days 2015 has been released

Every year, International Martinů Circle publishes a CD from the Bohuslav Martinů Days Festival, featuring both Martinů’s compositions recorded directly at the events, as well as unique historical recordings. The new annual CD from the Bohuslav Martinů Days Festival 2015 has been now released.
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New recording of the Epic of Gilgamesh named Disc of the Week by BBC Radio 3

The new Epic of Gilgamesh recording by Supraphon is postitively reviewed shortly after its release. Besides of review by The Guardian, the album has been named as BBC Radio 3 CD Review's Disc of the Week. Martinů's oratoro was recorded in January in Prague‘s Rudolfinum by the Czech Philharmonic, the Prague Philharmonic Choir and soloists led by Manfred Honeck for the first time in the original English version, based on a score from critical edition prepared by the Bohuslav Martinů Institute (ed. Aleš Březina).
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3rd Benefit Concert for the Bohuslav Martinů Institute with Josef Špaček and Miroslav Sekera

The third Benefit Concert of the Bohuslav Martinů Institute will take place again in the beautiful premises of the Kaiserstein Palace in the center of Prague. This year, one of the most prominent representatives of the younger generation, concert master of the Czech Philharmonic and laureate of the International Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels Josef Špaček together with outstanding pianist Miroslav Sekera have accepted our invitation to perform at this event.
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Martinů Festtage 2017 in Basel shows Martinů from different angles

From 28 October to 12 November, 23rd Martinů Festtage 2017 dedicated to the composer Bohuslav Martinů will take place in Basel, Switzerland. Switzerland played an important role in Martinů’s life, he regularly stayed there with his friends Paul and Maja Sacher, composing some of his most recognizable works. The festival will offer concerts especially with the pieces of the Czech composer, such as Field Mass, H 279...
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Prof Václav Riedlbauch sadly passed away

Director of the Bohuslav Martinů Foundation prof. Václav Riedlbauch has sadly passed away today in his 70 years. Rest in peace!
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Significant donation to the Bohuslav Martinů's Centre in Polička

The Bohuslav Martinů's Centre in Polička received more than 100 originals of letters, which Bohuslav Martinů and his Czech-American friend Frank Rybka exchanged during their long lasting friendship. Martinů met Rybka shortly after arriving in New York in 1941. Until now, researchers have been able to study only copies of this correspondence that Rybka's son James made available to the Bohuslav Martinů Institute 10 years ago, now te originals will be available in CBM in Polička.
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New recording of the Epic of Gilgamesh by Czech Philharmonic

On 20 October 2017, Supraphon will release the premiere recording of the oratorio for soloists, narrator, mixed choir and orchestra in its original English version, as engrossingly performed by the Czech Philharmonic, conducted by Manfred Honeck. The new performance of The Epic of Gilgamesh, H 351, is based on the score’s critical edition, which has been prepared by the Bohuslav Martinů Institute in Prague. Along with top-notch soloists – the soprano Lucy Crowe, the tenor Andrew Staples, the baritone Derek Welton and the bass Jan Martiník – the album features as the narrator the British actor Simon Callow, who made his screen debut in Miloš Forman’s film Amadeus. An essential role in the score is assigned to the chorus, with the task being undertaken on the recording by the internationally renowned Prague Philharmonic Choir. All the performers were hand-picked for the concert and the album by the late chief conductor of the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, Jiří Bělohlávek, who, however, for health reasons, conveyed the oratorio’s live performance in January 2017 to his brilliant Austrian colleague.
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Two pieces for piano trio and string orchestra performed by PKF – Prague Philharmonia

Right after his debut with the San Francisco Symphony, Jakub Hrůša, former chief conductor of the PKF – Prague Philharmonia, returns to his orchestra on Sunday 22nd. The program at the Dvořák Hall of Rudolfinum will offer works by Ludwig van Beethoven, Bohuslav Martinů and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
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Concert in honor of Zuzana Růžičková

A concert in honor of recently deceased Zuzana Růžičková will take place in Rudolfinum with her pupils performing.
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Win 3x2 tickets to Martinů with PKF - Prague Philharmonia!

In Prague’s Rudolfinum on October, 22, PKF – Prague Philharmonia under the baton of Jakub Hrůša with Dvořák Trio (Ivo Kahánek, Jan Fišer and Tomáš Jamník) and Kateřina Kněžíková (soprano) will perform two works by Bohuslav Martinů: Concerto for Piano Trio and String Orchestra, H 231 and Concertino for Piano Trio and String Orchestra, H 232. You can win 2 tickets for this concert.
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Festive launch of the 4th volume of the BMCE and book Dear Friend Bureš

On October 9, two publications connected with Bohuslav Martinů will be officially launched at the National Theater Brno (Mahen Theatre). The first is a critical edition of Martinů's chamber cantatas on the texts of Miloslav Bureš (Opening of the Springs, The Legend of the Smoke of Potato Tops, A Dandelion Romance and Mikesh from the Mountains), which was published as the 4th volume of the extensive project Bohuslav Martinů Complete Edition, prepared by Bohuslav Martinů Foundation, Bohuslav Martinů Institute and published by Bärenreiter. The first volume of this project (The Epic of Gilgamesh) won the prestigious prize of the German publishers Best Edition 2016, the project was also positively reviewed by the NOTES magazine. The editor of the book is Vít Zouhar, who, together with Gabriela Coufalová, is the author of the book of letters by Bohuslav Martinů to Miloslav Bureš entitled Dear Friend Bureš, which will be also presented today at Mahen Theatre.
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Brian Large awarded a Bohuslav Martinů Foundation Medal

Author of a Martinů biography, Brian Large, awarded a Bohuslav Martinů Foundation Medal because of his efforts in promoting Martinů´s legacy.
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Prof. Zuzana Růžičková has sadly passed away

It is with our deepest sorrow that we inform you of the passing of the world-renowned harpsichordist Zuzana Růžičková, who died peacefully in her sleep on 27 September 2017
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The Greek Passion at the International Festival of Orthodox Music

The 8th Archaion Kallos International Festival of Orthodox Music in Prague will offer a concert to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the death of Nikos Kazantzakis, whose novel Christ Recrucified was used by Bohuslav Martinů for libretto of the Greek Passion, H 372 in 1957. A concert based on the Byzantine hymns used in the famous opera of B. Martinů sung in their original form as well as in the form given by Martinů in the opera, will take place at the Church of Ss. Cyril and Methodius in Prague on October, 6th.
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EXHIBITION: Bohuslav Martinů and his travels

Exhibition focused on Bohuslav Martinů’s never-ending travels takes place in his hometown Polička until 5th November. At the exhibition opening laureate of the Bohuslav Martinů Foundation Competition Kristýna Znamenáčková performed some of his works.
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Juliette (The Key to Dreams) from the National Theatre in Prague live on ČT Art!

Juliette (The Key to Dreams), H 253 by Bohuslav Martinů will appear for the first time in new season in the National Theatre in Prague on September 29, at 8.00 pm. The production of the dreamy opera is prepared by musical director of the National Theatre in Prague Jaroslav Kyzlink, with Zuzana Gilhuus as a stage director. Starring Peter Berger as Michel and Alžběta Poláčková as Juliette. The performance will be broadcast live.
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New Martinů Revue 2.2017 is out!

The second issue of Martinů Revue (2/2017) was published and as always contains all the latest information, reviews and interviews concerning the Czech composer Bohuslav Martinů. Read on...
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Jan Vladimir Matejcek passed away

Jan Vladimir Matejcek, a champion of composers', authors' and publishers' rights, international lawyer, business executive and tireless supporter of Canadian creators of music, passed away peacefully on Saturday, September 23, 2017 in Toronto, surrounded by his family.
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The Greek Passion received the Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik!

An opera by Bohuslav Martinů The Greek Passion, H 372 received the Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik ("German Record Critics' Award") for the recording of last season’s production in Oper Graz. 158 jury members in 32 categories chose award winning recordings from 288 nominationated albums of the last quarter.
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The Greek Passion for the first time in Sweden

The Wermland Opera in Karlstad, Sweden, presents a new production of Bohuslav Martinů's Greek Passion, H 372 I. This opera will be seen in its first version, reconstructed by the director of the Bohuslav Martinů Institute Aleš Březina in 1999 for the festival in Bregenz. It had its Swedish premiere on September 14 (in English with Swedish surtitles), another 9 performances will take plance in Karlstad during September and October.
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Martinů at BBC Proms: Reviews

The Czech program, which was introduced at BBC Proms on August 26 by Jakub Hrůša together with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, caused a wave of positive feedback and reviews not only in the Czech Republic, but also abroad. Here's an overview.
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Jakub Hrůša with Martinů at BBC Proms: Recording from the concert

On Saturday, August 26, conductor Jakub Hrůša debuted at the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall, where he presented a program related to the theme of the Bohemian Reformation. In featured compositions of all Czech greats: Smetana, Dvořák, Suk and Janáček. One of the highlights of the evening was the Field Mass, H 279, a cantata of Bohuslav Martinů composed as a reaction to the beginning of the Second World War. The recording of the entire concert with an interview with Aleš Březina is available on BBC3 until September 25, 2017.
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Jakub Hrůša will make his BBC Proms debut with Martinů

Conductor Jakub Hrůša will make his BBC Proms debut this year at Royal Albert Hall on 26th August with all-Czech programme, including Bohuslav Martinů's cantata Field Mass, H 279.
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Ariane in Konstanz

The courtyard of the Renaissance Town Hall in Konstanz changes annualy in August into the chamber stage of the musical theater. The artistic director of this chamber opera, Peter Bauer, chose the theme of Greek mythology for this year's productions: the story of Ariadne, daughter of Cretan king Minos. In collaboration with the Municipal Theater in Konstanz, it‘ll present two operas of composers from the same generation: one-act operas Ariane, H 370 by Bohuslav Martinů and L'Abandon d'Ariane by Darius Milhaud.
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Czech opera singer Eva Děpoltová sadly passed away

Great Czech opera singer Eva Děpoltová sadly passed away on July 16th at the age of 71. Eva Děpoltová participated in several complete opera recordings of Bohuslav Martinů, such as the Greek Passion and the Plays of Mary.
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Exhibition: Zdeněk Zouhar. Composer, Musicologist, Librarian

Moravian Library in Brno prepared exhibition about its former worker, prof. PhDr. Zdeněk Zouhar (1927-2011), who would turn 90 this year. His anniversary will be reminded at the exhibition opening: Zdeněk Zouhar. Composer, Musicologist, Librarian on June 8, 2017. Zouhar was heavily linked with Bohuslav Martinů, in January 1956 he conducted the world premiere of the Opening of the Wells in Polička and later he co-founded the Bohuslav Martinů Society. A lecture called Zdeněk Zouhar. Music composer and promoter of the work of Bohuslav Martinů (21 June at 6 pm) will take place as part of the accompanying program. It will be lectured by Zouhar’s son, music composer and musicologist prof. Vít Zouhar who is the editor of the latest volume of the Bohuslav Martinů Complete Edition (four cantatas on texts of Miloslav Bureš).
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Jakub Hrůša on Jiří Bělohlávek

In connection with today's sad news about the death of the great Czech conductor Jiří Bělohlávek, we publish the text of the President of International Martinů Circle Jakub Hrůša from the previous issues of the Martinů Revue magazine.
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Conductor Jiří Bělohlávek has passed away

This morning brought a very sad news not only for Czech but also for the world culture. During the night after a long illness, the well-known conductor Jiří Bělohlávek has passed away in his 71 years.
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This year's first issue of Martinů Revue is out!

This year‘s first issue of magazine focused on Czech composer is out. What's in it?
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Czech Philharmonic is not afraid of Martinů

Czech Philharmonic’s program for the next season 2017/2018 is out and we can find the name of composer Bohuslav Martinů in it quite often. The prominent Czech orchestra will perform in its 122nd season four symphonies by Martinů and two short orchestral pieces.
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Album with works of Vítězslava Kaprálová received Diapason d'Or

New album with complete piano music of Bohuslav Martinů’s pupil Vítězslava Kaprálová has received the prestigious Diapason d'Or. This CD released by Naxos contains world premiere recordings performed by Czech pianist, harpsichordist and Martinů specialist Giorgio Koukl who also recorded his complete solo piano works and now records Martinů’s Complete Songs for Naxos with mezzosopranist Jana Hrochová.
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Doc. Zora Zichová sadly passed away

Czech pianist doc. Zora Zichová sadly passed away on 28th April at the age of 96.
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Another volume of the Bohuslav Martinů Complete Edition is out!

Another volume of the Bohuslav Martinů Complete Edition (BMCE) with four cantatas on texts of Miloslav Bureš has been released. BMCE is a project realized in collaboration with the publishing house Bärenreiter, Bohuslav Martinů Institute and with the financial support of Bohuslav Martinů Foundation, The Czech Science Foundation and the State Fund for Culture of the Czech Republic. The new volume is edited by Vít Zouhar.
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Ballet Sinfonietta Giocosa in New York

Scottish Ballet makes its debut in Joyce Theatre, New York with three ballets. Besides Motion of Displacement by Bryan Arias and Ten Poems by Christopher Bruce Scottish Ballet will perform ballet by its CEO and Artistic Director Christopher Hampson Sinfonietta Giocosa with Bohuslav Martinů’s music, whose piece was premiered in Carnegie Hall 75 years ago.
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Best Edition Award goes to new member of the Editorial Board of the BMCE

French musicologist Denis Herlin who recently became a member of the Editorial Board of the Bohuslav Martinů Complete Edition was awarded the German Music Edition Prize for "Best Edition” for first volume of François Couperin’s “Pièces de clavecin. Premier livre (1713)" published by Bärenreiter-Verlag. Congratulations!
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Jakub Hrůša has been announced as Principal Guest Conductor of the Philharmonia Orchestra

Jakub Hrůša, president of the International Martinů Circle was appointed as one of the Principal Guest Conductors of the Philharmonia Orchestra. In addition to his new role, Jakub Hrůša is also Chief Conductor of the Bamberg Symphony, Permanent Guest Conductor of the Czech Philharmonic, and Principal Guest Conductor of the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra.
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Czech premiere in Polička of the 1967 BBC film Music of Exile

On 25 May 2017, at 7 pm at the Tyl House in Polička, Music of Exile will be shown for the very first time in our country.
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Gramophone praises Cantatas from the Czech Highlands

Prague Philharmonic Choir with Lukáš Vasilek are enjoying another appreciation of their album released by Supraphon with the support of the Bohuslav Martinů Foundation.
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Bohuslav Martinů Days 2014 CD

​The new annual CD from the Bohuslav Martinů Days Festival 2014 has been released. What this CD has to offer?
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Interview with Jakub Hrůša

David Nice interviewed president of the International Martinů Circle Jakub Hrůša about Bohuslav Martinů's symphonies, the Czech sound of the Bamberger Symphoniker or Hrůša's relationship with Jiří Bělohlávek.
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A concerto twice lost finally found

A story of Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 1, H 226 twice lost and finally found has already appeared in the Martinů Revue 2.2016. Read on…
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New issue of Martinů Revue 3.2016 is out!

What’s in the current issue of the Martinů Revue?
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The Epic of Gilgamesh in Prague

The Epic of Gilgamesh, H 351 will appear in three upcoming evenings in Prague’s Rudolfinum. Last year first fully-scenic production had a premiere in Janáček opera NtB and first volume of the Bohuslav Martinů Complete Edition published by Bärenreiter with the oratorio was awarded the German Music Edition Prize for "Best Edition" of 2015.
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Memorial to Lidice with London Philharmonic Orchestra

Today in Royal Festival Hall London Philharmonic Orchestra and its Principal Conductor Vladimir Jurowski will perform “20th-century discoveries”. That is a name of a program featuring Symphony No.9 in E minor by Ralph Vaughan Williams, Mourned by the wind by Giya Kancheli and Bohuslav Martinů's Memorial to Lidice, H 296.
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Dr Hideo Sekine sadly passed away on 18 January

Former president of the Japanese Bohuslav Martinů Society Dr Hideo Sekine sadly passed away on 18 January in Tokyo.
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Smetana Trio nominated for the BBC Music Magazine Awards

Smetana Trio’s album published by Supraphon in 2016 is nominated for the BBC Music Magazine Awards! This album featuring the complete piano trios by Bohuslav Martinů will compete with the Escher String Quartet (Mendelssohn‘s String Quartets Nos 5 & 6) and Danish String Quartet (Adès‘s Arcadiana, Nørgård‘s Quartetto Breve and Abrahamsen‘s 10 Preludes).
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Bohuslav Martinů and the Prague Spring Music Festival

The programme for the 72nd edition of the Prague Spring International Music Festival will offer around 45 concerts with chamber and orchestral music. Of course those who are fond of Bohuslav Martinů’s music will not come short.
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Easy Piano Pieces and Dances has been published

New album with music for piano „Easy Piano Pieces and Dances” has been published by Bärenreiter and it includes original Martinů works from 1919 to 1937. Some of these charming didactic pieces are released for the first time.
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Bohuslav Martinů Days 2016

22nd festival Bohuslav Martinů Days 2016 will take place in Prague on 5 - 22 December and again it will present significant composer of the 20th century.
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The Bohuslav Martinů Foundation Interpretation Competition 2016: winners

For the first time in its history young artists who play harpsichord, flute, clarinet or trumpet could win the Bohuslav Martinů Foundation Interpretation Competition 2016.
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22nd Martinů Festtage 2016: How was the festival?

22nd festival with Martinů’s music has come to an end in Basel, Switzerland. How was it?
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Second Benefit Concert 2016

Concert in Prague's Kaiserstein Palace with Martina Janková, Tomáš Král and Ivo Kahánek.
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Benefit concert: An interview with Martina Janková and Ivo Kahánek

In less than a week the 2nd benefit concert for the Bohuslav Martinů Institute will take place in Prague, that is why we had an opportunity to talk with Martina Janková and Ivo Kahánek who will perform at this concert together with Tomáš Král.
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Award winning The Epic of Gilgamesh / Dido and Aeneas in Janáček opera NtB

The Epic of Gilgamesh for the last time this year in Brno.
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Symphony No.4 in Bachtrack's review

Review from Bachtrack by David Truslove notes October’s performance of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and conductor Aleksandar Marković in Poole.
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Bohuslav Martinů Complete Edition: Review in NOTES

The two volumes of the Bohuslav Martinů Complete Edition has been reviewed by musicologist Nigel Simeone for the September edition of the prestigious magazine Notes.
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New issue of Martinů Revue 2.2016 is out!

This year’s second issue and special summer edition of the Martinů Revue is finally out.
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Bohuslav Martinů Critical Edition: Chamber music for 6-9 instruments is out!

The new-launched publication presents Martinů‘s chamber music for 6 - 9 instruments: Les Rondes, H 200, Serenade No. 1, H 217, Serenade No. 3, H 218, Stowe Pastorals, H 335 and Nonet No. 2, H 374.
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Release of Early Orchestral Works, Volume Two

Yet another unknown pieces by Bohuslav Martinů will get to the public in recording which presents works of Martinů’s youth. It’s a second part of Early Orchestral Works series published by Toccata Classics.
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The Epic of Gilgamesh / Dido and Aeneas in Janáček Theatre

On 13 May 2016, the Janáček Theatre in Brno will host a premiere of a project directed by Jiří Heřman, presenting two works based on ancient myths - Bohuslav Martinů's The Epic of Gilgamesh and Dido and Aeneas by Henry Purcell.
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Jiří Bělohlávek among the Winds and Strings on 24 April

Today on 24 April at 7.30pm you will have a chance to hear in Dvořák’s hall of Prague’s Rudolfinum PKF - Prague Philharmonia with orchestra’s Conductor Laureate Jiří Bělohlávek.
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NEW MARTINŮ REVUE: The Epic of Gilgamesh - first review

First review of the first volume of Bohuslav Martinů Complete Edition The Epic of Gilgamesh in Martinů Revue.
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This year´s first issue of Martinů Revue is out!

This year´s first issue of magazine focused on Czech composer is out
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NEW MARTINŮ REVUE: Bohuslav Martinů Days 2015

The Bohuslav Martinů Days 2015 featured 18 concerts and many of the festival’s events were reviewed on the Harmonie magazine. We have selected a few of these reviews for a new Martinů Revue.
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Juliette in the National Theatre in Prague on March 24 and March 25

After 16 years, Juliette (The Key to Dreams), H 253 will appear in the National Theatre in Prague on March 24 and March 25.
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The Plays of Mary once again in Brno on 23 March

Janáček Theatre in Brno will host once again the succesful production of Bohuslav Martinů´s opera The Plays of Mary which had its premiere last year.
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Russian premiere of Bohuslav Martinů´s opera Ariadne in Moscow on March 13

On March 18, Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Moscow Academic Music Theatre will give the Russian premiere of Bohuslav Martinů´s lyric opera Ariadne.
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Evenings with the music of Karol Szymanowski and Bohuslav Martinů in Katowice

Festival „Evenings with the music of Karol Szymanowski and Bohuslav Martinů“ begins on March 14 in Katowice.
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New book on Bohuslav Martinů by Patrick Lambert is out!

New book MARTINŮ IN HIS TIME - THE RECORDED LEGACY: A Biographical Survey of the Early Recordings by Patrick Lambert has been published.
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Happy birthday! Jiří Bělohlávek turns 70 today

Our warmest wishes go to the world famous Czech conductor Jiří Bělohlávek who turns 70 today on 24 February 2016.
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Festival Bohuslav Martinů Journeys 2016 starts on 27 February

MusikWerk in Lucerne reanimates pieces of great composers that are not played so frequently as they would deserve. Last year, Arnold Schoenberg was in spotlight, but now it´s time for Bohuslav Martinů!
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Petr Nouzovský with Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra No. 1 on 11 February 2016

The Pilsen Philharmonic Orchestra with conductor Petr Altrichter and soloist Petr Nouzovský.
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Harry Halbreich celebrates his 85th birthday!

Musicologist and scholar Harry Halbreich celebrates his 85th birthday on 9 February 2016.
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Double Concerto in Munich with Juraj Valčuha

Czech programme with Münchner Philharmoniker.
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NEW MARTINŮ REVUE: Three Wishes in Ostrava

Reviews in the current issue of the Martinů Revue.
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NEW MARTINŮ REVUE: Bohuslav Martinů´s refugees

Three reviews on a premiere of The Greek Passion in Essen.
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Jiří Bělohlávek as a guest in a radio interview on 14 January 2016

Listen to the live broadcast interview. You can ask questions by e-mail.
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New issue of Martinů Revue is out!

Find out what´s inside...
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Martinů in Paris performed by Jakub Hrůša on January 2016

Two concerts with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France
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AUDIO: Aleš Březina was talking about Martinů in a radio interview

As we celebrate 20 years of existence, director Aleš Březina spoke to Radio Prague on the history and exciting developments of the Martinů Institute. IN ENGLISH!
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Operas with Martinu music in 2016

Graz, Prague, Berlin or Ostrava?
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Three Wishes in Prague on 15 December 2015

Bohuslav Martinů Days 2015
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Seven times Martinů at Czech television broadcasting

A special programme for the 125th anniversary of the composer's birth
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VIDEO: Julia Fischer plays Martinů

Look at the concert of Julia Fischer with the Czech Philharmonic on Czech TV website (available only in Czech Republic)
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Jakub Hrůša became the first recipient of the Sir Charles Mackerras Award

President of the International Martinů Circle received the award from Leoš Janáček Foundation on 7 November 2015
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Concert to honor the 1st anniversary of the death of Mr Hideo Sekine

Luděk Šabaka (Piano), Nozomi Sekine (Cello), Yukiko Sawa (Piano)
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Martinů Fest 2017

20th Martinů Fest
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Jiří Bělohlávek and Christian Poltéra in Berlin on 30 April

Christian Poltéra and Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin under conductor Jiří Bělohlávek will perform Martinů's Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra.
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Memorial to Lidice in Prague with Czech Philharmonic

For upcoming three evenings guests of Prague’s Rudolfinum can look forward to Czech Philharmonic’s concerts conducted by Manfred Honeck with Bohuslav Martinů´s Memorial to Lidice.
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Jaroslav Mihule as a guest in a radio interview on 8 January 2016

Listen to the live broadcast interview. You can ask questions by e-mail.
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Czech Philharmonic in January

The concerts will be recorded by the Czech Television.
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AUDIO: Listen to the radio broadcasting of Martinů's violin concerto on 28 December 2015

Bohuslav Martinů: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 1. Soloist: Pavel Šporcl
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21. Martinů Festtage in Basel on 15 - 29 November 2015

For the composer's 125th anniversary
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REVIEW: Three Wishes in Ostrava

The premiere of the opera Three Wishes took place in Ostrava on 15 October 2015.
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Inspired by Martinů in London on 21 October 2015

Challenging the boundaries between contemporary and classical music, Inspired by Martinu unfolds on Wednesday 21 October 2015 at The Forge venue in London.
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Three Wishes in Ostrava on 15 October 2015, PREMIERE

20th century opera hits, magic of new worlds which will captivate your ears and minds…
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Review: Soňa Červená at the festival Golden Prague on 2. October 2015

A meeting with the festival’s honorary guest and legend of the Czech and international opera world.
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Fantaisies Symphoniques on a new CD of Bohuslav Martinů Philharmonic Orchestra

New CD for the 70th anniversary of Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic
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Chamber concerts in the UK on 19 to 28 September 2015

Lovers of Martinů's music in the UK have the opportunity to visit several chamber concerts on September.
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Interview with the pianist Emil Leichner

We bring you an interesting interview with Czech pianist Emil Leichner in the August issue of the magazine Harmonie! Emil Leichner was awarded a medal of Bohuslav Martinů Foundation on 15 June 2015. You can read about his relationship to Martinů, his long-term promotion of Martinů’s music as well as many others.
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Ivan Moravec (1930 - 2015)

"Ivan Moravec strived to devote every spare second of his life to his piano, and his music love affairs - Mozart, Beethoven, Debussy, Ravel, and particularly Chopin. That is why I hold him in high esteem ever more for having sacrified, twice, a part of his closely guarded time to the name and work of Bohuslav Martinů...... (Aleš Březina)
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Oregon Music Festival - Hommage to Martinů 20. 6. - 1. 7. 2015

Oregon Music Festival celebrates the creative power of Bohuslav Martinů on the occasion of the 125th anniversary of his birth.
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Concerts for Children "Bohouš travels around the world!" 4. - 17. 6. 2015

Bohouš travels, knows his way. In one place he’ll hardly stay. Cooking jazzy tunes he likes, His Serenade doesn’t need mikes.
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Martinů at the festival Prague Spring 30. 5. 2015

Morning Concert III - Olga Šroubková & Miroslav Sekera
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Conductor Jakub Hrůša, President of IMC, has been appointed Permanent Guest Conductor of Czech Philharmonic!

Big congratulations to our president Jakub Hrůša Conductor who has been appointed Permanent Guest Conductor of Czech Philharmonic, starting next (Czech Phil's jubilee 120th) season!
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