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.
Marcel Dupre (1886-1971): Cortege et Litanie, Op. 19/2
Marcel Dupre: Preludium and fuge G minor, Op. 7/3
Max Reger (1873-1916): Fantasy on choral "Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme", Op. 52/1
Vitezslav Novak (1870-1949): Saint Wenceslas triptych
I. Toccata II. Ciacona III. Fuga
Michael Bartek was born in 1984 in Brno. He started to play the piano when he was 7 years old and when he was 14 he began to play the organ with Mrs. Marie Karasova. He studied organ at the Brno Music Conservatory (2000-2005) with Mr. Zdenek Novacek and with Mr. Petr Kolar. He continued his studies at Janaček Academy of Performing Arts. He participated in the six-month study visit in Strasbourg in the framework of the Erasmus study program under the guidance of the Paris organist Mr. Christophe Mantoux (St. Severin Church). He holds a bachelor's diploma in organ interpretation (Brno in 2009) and subsequently diploma "Master Professionnel" (Strasbourg in 2012 studies with C. Mantoux and Aude Heurtematte). Michael also holds a diploma in Strasbourg "DEM" of the harpsichord (2012, with Aline Zylberajch). Michael also studied with Martin Gester (Baroque organ performance) and Francise Jacoba (basso continuo). Michael Bartek graduated at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (APA) in the class of Pavel Cerny and received the organ master's degree. He kept on studying with Michael Bernhard Haas at the Music Academy in Munich (2014-2016). Michael plays at the concerts regularly in many European countries as a soloist and accompanist. Since January 2017 he is a liturgical organist in the canton of Zurich in Switzerland.
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.