MAY 2011

Martinů Revisited project wins readers´ poll

Martinů Revisited project wins readers´ poll of Harmonie journal in the Best Music Project section.

In 2009-10 Martinu Revisited was one of the most significant music projects in the Czech Republic of recent years. With hundreds of domestic and foreign events, in 2009 musicians commemorated the 50th anniversary of Bohuslav Martinu’s death and in 2010 the 120th anniversary of his birth. The purpose of the project was to show just how variegated and abundant the composer’s oeuvre is and what influence it had on 20th-century music. The project was joined by all renowned orchestras and music institutions in the Czech Republic. In Prague, the world premiere of Three Fragments from Opera Juliette was given by the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra under the conductor Sir Charles Mackerras and with the singer Magdalena Kozena. A gala concert of the Czech Philharmonic in the Dvorak Hall of the Rudolfinum in Prague on 10 December 2010 with conductor Petr Altrichter and violist Tabea Zimmermann has rounded off the two-year project.