November24 2022 (Thu)
7:00 PM

Music of Freedom

J. Suk, P. Haas, E. F. Burian

Maisel Synagogue | Classical Music

90 minutes | Available

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Date: November 24, 2022 | 19:00 (Thu)
Venue: Maisel Synagogue
Duration: 90 minutes
Status: Available
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Works by Czech inter-war and post-war avant-garde composers 

A concert by one of the unmissable ensembles on the Czech music scene, which is celebrating ten years of its existence this year. 

The concert is being held with the financial support of the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany.


  • Josef Suk (1874–1935)
    Meditation on the Old Czech Chorale
  • Emil František Burian (1904–1959)
    String Quartet No. 5, Op. 99
    I. Andante ma non troppo
    II. Ben ritmico, tempo allegro
    III. Agitato
    IV. Andante
  • Pavel Haas (1899–1944)
    String Quartet No. 2, Op. 7
    “From the Monkey Mountains” (“z Opičích hor”)
    I. Landscape (Krajina)
    II. Coach (Kočár)
    III.  The Moon and I (Měsíc a já)
    IV. Wild Night (Divá noc)

The Pavel Bořkovec Quartet:

Alexej Aslamas / violin
Ondřej Hás / violin
Matěj Kroupa / viola
Štěpán Drtina / cello 

The Pavel Bořkovec Quartet was founded at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, where each of the members studied. The quartet was originally mentored by the violinist Jiří Panocha. It is named after the composer Pavel Bořkovec, who was a distinguished professor at the academy’s music faculty between 1947 and 1967.

Among his pupils were the modern Czech composers Pavel Blatný, Jiří Pauer, Vladimír Sommer, Petr Eben, Jan Klusák, Jan Truhlář, Radim Drejsl, and Miroslav Raichl. Pavel Bořkovec composed two operas, two piano concertos, one concerto grosso, a ballet, and five string quartets. The violist Matěj Kroupa is the composer’s great-grandson. The Pavel Bořkovec Quartet focuses primarily on 20th- and 21st-century Czech music. Its main aim is not only to promote the unjustly neglected composers of Bořkovec’s generation, but also to feature ‘new’ music and to bring contemporary composers to the concert stage. The Pavel Bořkovec Quartet also has classical quartet pieces in its repertoire.


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