Gustav Mahler – Symphony No. 1 “Titan”: a deeply emotional piece
The subscription series wouldn’t be complete without presenting one of Mahler’s symphonies. The Czech National Symphony Orchestra recorded his complete works, making it one of their most successful studio feats to date.
You can look forward to hearing Mahler’s 1st symphony subtitled “Titan” – a piece which, when staged by Steven Mercurio, is guaranteed to appeal to every perceptive listener.
The first part of the concert will feature the Czech National Symphony Orchestra harpist Ana Brateljević performing an adaptation to Rodrigo’s famous concerto Aranjuez inspired by the eponymous palace gardens. Listeners are invited to dive into the atmosphere of its bubbling fountains and delightful birdsong.
- Joaquín Rodrigo – Concierto de Aranjuez
- Gustav Mahler – Symphony No. 1 “Titan”
Ana Brateljević- harp
Czech National Symphony Orchestra
The CNSO has gained a position among both Czech and Europe’s top symphonic ensembles. Renowned for its versatility, the orchestra presents annually a broad program ranging from classical music concerts through contemporary genre, film scores, jazz, or musicals. In its new era, The Czech National Symphony Orchestra is also organizing summer Prague Proms Festival which annually attracts the audience for presenting greatest international performers.
Such composers, conductors, and performers as Ennio Morricone, Lalo Schifrin, James Morrison, Branford & Wynton Marsalis, Pino Donnagio, Giuliano Taviani, José Carreras, Danny Elfman, Vince Mendoza, Giuseppe Tornatore, Carl Davis repeatedly come back to Prague to either record with the orchestra or perform in the beautiful Smetana Hall of Prague´s Municipal House, the home concert stage of the orchestra.
The Czech National Symphony Orchestra was established in 1993 by trumpet player Jan Hasenöhrl. A spiritual father at the birth of the CNSO was the legendary conductor Zdeněk Košler. In the year 1996, the American Paul Freeman took over as Chief Conductor, and remained in this position for fantastic ten years. At the beginning of the year 2007, Maestro Libor Pešek was named the Chief Conductor and as of spring 2019, the role was passed onto American conductor Steven Mercurio (former pupil of Leonard Bernstein and a fantastic musician). We can surely look forward to some exciting projects!
- One 20 min. intermission
- Recommended dress code: smart casual
Other concerts in Smetana Hall