I have never written a review before but this fantastic concert prods me to rise to the occasion. I have attended many professional and semi-professional concerts in the US and I honestly did not expect much from a tourist concert like this one. WOW – was I wrong!!! This event was the highlight to our weeklong visit to Prague
The venue was a little aged. I think it would be a decent place to hold this sort of event if there was just better lighting but a full renovation is really needed. The size of room is intimate. We were fortunate to get seats in the front row, I would recommend getting tickets for the front section. Being only a few feet away from such talent was a once in a lifetime event. The performance becomes personal because they are so close to you – you see the effort, the intensity and the pure, raw talent. I was on the edge of my seat for the duration.
The performances were simply exceptional. There were three soloists, all were remarkably talented and all three deserve center stage at big-time events. The mezzo soprano was spectacular. I am not an opera fan but it really brought tears to my eyes…such beauty. The violin and cello soloists I think are brothers and were also just exceptional. These are not glorified street performers – they are definitely the real deal who gave incredibly energetic performances to our small audience. Finally, the backup quintet was very, very good. It was nice hearing the base in these pieces, it provided a nice balanced sound.
The program was short (one hour) but very engaging. The only thing I would suggest is to have the violin and cello soloists take a run at Humoresque (in the mode of Perlman and Ma). It would make a great Dvorak/Prague encore. For these guys who grew up with Dvorak it could be boring but I would have loved to see that piece played by these two immensely talented musicians, they would tear it up. If not Humoresque, then La Musica Notturna Delle Strade Di Madrid by Boccherini. Either piece would be fun way to close the show, they are my favorite pieces for cello and violin.