Second Benefit Concert 2016

Monday 28. November 2016, 7.30 pm
Kaiserstein Palace, Lesser Town Square, Prague 1

Leoš Janáček - Moravian Folk Poetry in Songs (selection)
Bohuslav Martinů - The New Slovak Songs, H 126 (selection)

Martina Janková - soprano
Tomáš Král - baritone
Ivo Kahánek - piano

The partner of this concert is RSJ a.s. More information here.

Kaiserstein Palace


Almost a year ago Supraphon released an album with Janáček’s Moravian Folk Poetry in Songs which have recorded Swiss-Czech soprano Martina Janková together with baritone Tomáš Král and pianist Ivo Kahánek. This regular guest at the Salzburg Festival and former long-term soloist of the Zürich Opera House doesn’t sing in Czech Republic very often so we are pleased that she have accepted our invitation to perform at 2nd Benefit Concert of the Bohuslav Martinů Institute.

Ivo Kahánek, Martina Janková a Tomáš Král © Barbora Hrdá

The Bohuslav Martinů Institute’s major project is the gradual publication of all of Martinů’s works in critical editions. The financial sponsor of the Complete Bohuslav Martinů Edition is the Bohuslav Martinů Foundation. Yet the project will run for decades and its full funding is beyond the foundation’s possibilities. Therefore, in addition to obtaining various partial grants, the Bohuslav Martinů Institute would like to hold annual benefit concerts and also offer the individual volumes of the Complete Bohuslav Martinů Edition for “adoption”.

„I do really think that Bohuslav Martinů composed  a lot of pieces that are underestimated and I would like to try to make it right,“ says pianist Ivo Kahánek.

The first benefit concert was 18 December 2015 and here is what Pravoslav Kohout recalled:

„The benefit concert was extraordinary owing to its quality and, particularly, its programme and atmosphere. The performers succeeded in conjuring up a sparkle of moods and musical invention, which lit up the occasion with natural ease and joyous expectations of the unexpected.“