J. S. Bach, A. Dvořák, G. Gershwin
St. Nicholas Church on Old Town Square |
60 minutes |
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The Prague Brass Ensemble made its first appearance in 1979 in the contest "Dušek's Bertramka", and this first won the 1st prize. Since then, this ensemble, composed of leading musicians, has become a renowned part of the Czech music scene and has established its status as a frequent guest at prestigious festivals.
Aleš Bárta - organ
Aleš Bárta is one of the most successful Czech organists. He appears as soloist with leading symphony and chamber orchestras, such as the Czech Philharmonic, the Prague Symphony Orchestra and outstanding soloists. Aleš Bárta concerts all over the world and records for labels such as Arco Diva, Supraphon and Japanese company Pony Canyon and Octavia Records.
He made thirty solo CDs, which have won numerous awards. His first recording for the company Pony Canyon (J. S. Bach: Organ Works) won the prize "Recording of the Year" (1995) in Japan. Based on this success Aleš Bárta recorded for this label complete organ works of J. S. Bach on sixteen CDs.
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This monumental Baroque church of St. Nicholas on Prague Old Town Square is a masterpiece created by a genius of his time Kilián Ignác Dientzenhofer. Completed in 1737, the church was first owned by the Catholic Church, later by the Orthodox Church and now it belongs to the Czechoslovak Hussite Church founded here in 1920.
The original design of the ceiling, frescoes (by K. D. Assam), stucco decoration (by B. Spinetti) and statues (by A. Braun) are a masterful example of the Baroque sense of dramatic effect. Completed by a splendid chandelier, donated to the Orthodox Church by Russian Tsar Alexander II. in 1880, St. Nicholas church on Old Town Square has one of the most impressive church interiors in Prague.
The front of the church was originally located at a small square called "Hen Market" and the church itself was surrounded by many other buildings, hence its strange orientation. The house right next to the church stands on the birthplace of Franz Kafka. Popular classical music concerts in St. Nicholas Church are among the most favourite ones. After the evening concert, the Old Town Square enlighted by lanterns and night lighted Church of Our Lady before Týn are an unforgetable sight!
St. Nicholas church on Old Town square is heated during the winter.
The church as such is not wheelchair accessible, as there are stairs to enter. No lift, no ramp. However, before each concert there are assistants ready to carry the wheelchair in the church.