St. Vitus Cathedral - Prague Castle |
70 minutes |
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The Molzer organ, containing 4,500 pipes, offers the listener a rich, romantic sound. Since the Cathedral is used only for liturgical and touristic purposes, this festival is a unique opportunity to hear the full capacity of this instrument.
Cesar Franck - Choral III. in A minor
Robert Führer - Three pastoraí preludes
Josef Krejci - Adagio op. 8
Josef Klicka - Legende in B minor op. 98
Josef Gabriel Rheinberger - Sonate in D minor no. 11, op. 148
I. Agitato II. Cantilene III. Intermezzo IV. Fuge
Alexandre Guilmant - Sonate op. 42
Bohumir Rabas studied organ at the Prague Music Conservatory with Dr. Josef Kubane and at the University of Performing Arts in Prague under the guidance of Dr. Jiri Reinberger. As a student of the Conservatory was the youngest participant in the first Organ Competition of the International Prague Spring Festival in 1958. He has participated in numerous organ competitions. He became a laureate of the International Organ Competition in Geneva in 1962. One of his achievement is participation in the final part at the Johann Sebastian Bach Competition in Leipzig 1964. He was teaching organ and improvisation at the Music School in Prague. He is an organist in the ceremonial hall of the Old Town Hall and in St. Nicholas Church in Prague's Old Town Square. He performs at the graduation ceremony in Bethlehem Chapel (Czech Technical University in Prague). His repertoire includes all stylistic periods, but he prefers romantic and impressionistic compositions. He includes often compositions of contemporary Czech composers such as Petr Eben, Klement Slavicky, Miloslav Kabelac and others.
He recorded an entire organ composition by Karel Odstrcil Prints in Stone, Flame Toccata per un'orecchio. In the song Vox Humana, which is a dialogue between the organ and the male voice co-operated with an excellent Czech actor Radovan Lukavsky. He made many recordings on historical organs in the country for Czech recording companies (Supraphon and Panton). It is worth mentioning the extensive recording of Passion Symphony Belgian composer Paul de Maleingreaua on the organ in Olomouc (church of St. Moritz) for the Czech Radio. He recorded the Concerto in G minor by G. F. Händel for Czech TV. Rabas plays with orchestras, soloists and choirs, he attended many concerts at home and abroad.
The concert has no intermission.
The cathedral was founded by the Emperor Charles IV in 1344 at the site of the former St. Vitus Basilica. While most European cathedrals were built within the city, the Cathedral of Prague grew up outside and far above the town, in the middle of the Prague Castle, which was not only the seat of rulers, but also kind of the sacred precinct with several churches.
From the beginning the cathedral was intended as a prominent feature of the Prague agglomeration. In addition, it was built with great artistic and mystical aspirations. St Vitus, St Wenceslas and St Adalbert Cathedral is the seat of the Archbishop of Prague and the sacred place where the saints, Bohemian kings, princes and Holy Roman emperors are buried - i.e. St. Wenceslas, patron saint of the country, is buried in the Cathedral in St. Wenceslas Chapel, a masterpiece of Gothic art.
Above the chapel is situated chamber guarding the crown jewels of Bohemian kings. The coronations of the kings of Bohemia were held in the Cathedral until 1836. The first architect Matthias of Arras, who was called by Charles IV from Avignon, mediated the model of the French cathedral architecture. Matthias´s successor, genius Petr Parléř, gived to the cathedral and its sculptural decoration features of artistic excellence.
After the death of Charles IV the building was suspended and the cathedral remained a torso. The construction was not completed until the beginning of the 20th century, when the western part was completed and decorated by leading artists of the era (V. Sucharda, A. Mucha etc.). The St. Vitus Cathedral is an excellent example of Gothic architecture and masterpiece of art.
We recommend to arrive 40 minutes before the concert because of the security check-in spots within the Prague Castle area.
Lovely evening, introductory speeches were too long but music was wonderful