February15 2023 (Wed)
7:30 PM

Czech Philharmonic, Josef Špaček

L. Janáček, B. Martinů, V. Novák

Rudolfinum - Dvořák Hall | Classical Music

120 minutes | Available

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Date: February 15, 2023 | 19:30 (Wed)
Venue: Rudolfinum - Dvořák Hall
Duration: 120 minutes
Status: Available
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The world premiere of a suite from Leoš Janáček's opera The Makropolus Affair

Principal guest conductor Tomáš Netopil has prepared one of the season’s purely Czech programmes with the world premiere of a suite from Leoš Janáček’s opera The Makropulos Affair arranged by Tomáš Ille. The rest of the program is original as well, with Josef Špaček appearing, unusually, as a viola soloist in Bohuslav Martinů’s Rhapsody-Concerto.

Concerning the suite, the conductor Tomáš Netopil says “I hope that by performing it, we will be expanding Janáček’s rich, highly original musical legacy. I’m also pleased about collaborating in a new way with Josef Špaček as a viola soloist, and I fully understand his desire to play this extraordinary concertante work by Bohuslav Martinů, which was also once recorded by the legendary Czech violinist Josef Suk. Supplementing the evening of Czech music will be Vítězslav Novák’s delightful Slovak Suite, a work I have loved since my days as a student.”


  • Leoš Janáček | arr. Tomáš Ille
    The Makropulos Affair, suite from the opera
  • Bohuslav Martinů
    Rhapsody-Concerto for viola and orchestra, H 337
  • Vítězslav Novák
    Slovak Suite for small orchestra, Op. 32


Josef Špaček - viola

Tomáš Netopil - principal guest conductor
Czech Philharmonic


Prague classical music

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