Relish autumn with organ music at the St. James Basilica.
Organ concerts in St. James Basilica in Prague are very famous for their long tradition and absolutely unique sound of the organ instrument. St. James' organ dates to the very beginning of the 18th century. The two-manual organ with a pedal keyboard and 26 stops was completed in 1705. Its case, which is still admired today, was quite unique in its time. So far the latest major reconstruction was carried out between 1981 and 1982 by "Varhany Krnov" (Rieger-Kloss). At present the organ has four manuals, 91 speaking stops and 8,277 pipes.
Petr Eben (1929-2007): Faust
Song of the Beggar
Blessing of a New CD.
Alfred Strejček accounts among the leading interpreters of poetry and prose. He is a multiple laureate of the competitions of professional artists in the art of reading. He is a holder of the most prestigious award in this category – the Crystal Rose. He performs also in Latin, English, German, Spanish and Italian. He studied acting at the Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Brno. He has been a member of a number of theatres in Prague and outside Prague, too. He was a professor of the art of poetry reading at the Prague Conservatoire for five years. He has appeared in a number of film and TV roles. He is a much sought-after interpreter of melodramatic pieces. He has been cooperating with the leading Czech music ensembles and soloists. He is also active as a presenter.
Hana Benešová finished her studies at the Prague Conservatoire and the Higher Specialized School of Jaroslav Ježek in Prague in 1999. Then she was a member of the Moravian Theatre in Olomouc. Since 2002 she has been a free-lance artist, cooperating with Lyra Pragensis, performing as a guest in several theatres in Prague, performing in the Theatre Agency Prague, in children performances of the Ludvík Theatre and appearing in TV series.
Irena Chřibková has been playing the greatest Czech organ at St. James´ Basilica in Prague for some twenty-five years. Her rich concert repertoire includes world and Czech organ literature ranging from the Baroque up to contemporary music. She has devoted a lot of interest to contemporary music, especially of Petr Eben, mastering nearly all his organ output. She has cooperated with numerous leading singers, instrumentalists and orchestras. She has also produced a number of radio and television recordings and CDs.
The concert has no intermission.
More info about the organ here.