September29 2022 (Thu)
7:30 PM

Opening Concert of the Czech Philharmonic

L. van Beethoven, R. Strauss

Rudolfinum - Dvořák Hall | Classical Music

120 minutes | Not available

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Date: September 29, 2022 | 19:30 (Thu)
Venue: Rudolfinum - Dvořák Hall
Duration: 120 minutes
Status: Not available
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Welcome another concert season with Czech Philharmonic under the baton of Maestro Semyon Bychkov

The opening of the season is a gala event and deserves something special. The combination of works by Beethoven and Strauss with extra-musical associations meets this requirement, and with wonderful interpretations by the marvellous violinist Lisa Batiashvili and the Czech Philharmonic with Semyon Bychkov, these will be a truly special evenings.

“There is an interesting connection between Beethoven’s Violin Concerto and Strauss’s Alpine Symphony. The concerto is musically very closely tied to nature, and of course even just the title of the Alpine Symphony clearly suggests a work about nature. But that is actually a mistake because Strauss only uses nature as a metaphor for the life’s journey of a person from birth to death and for what happens to him along the way. So the Alpine Symphony is not about going through the forest or what you hear in the mountains. Everything in it operates as a story of the experiencing of human life. It is an absolutely existential work”, explains Maestro Semyon Bychkov.


  • Ludwig van Beethoven
    Violin Concerto D major, Op. 61
  • Richard Strauss
    An Alpine Symphony, Op. 64


Lisa Batiashvili - violin
Semyon Bychkov - conductor
Czech Philharmonic