J. S. Bach, G. F. Haendel, A.Vivaldi
St. Nicholas Church on Old Town Square |
60 minutes |
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Michal Hanzal - organ
Martina Bauerová - soprano
František Bílek - trumpet
In the most beautiful Prague churches you can hear classical music played by top artists.
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This monumental Baroque church of St. Nicholas on Prague Old Town Square is a masterpiece created by a genius of his time Kilián Ignác Dientzenhofer. Completed in 1737, the church was first owned by the Catholic Church, later by the Orthodox Church and now it belongs to the Czechoslovak Hussite Church founded here in 1920.
The original design of the ceiling, frescoes (by K. D. Assam), stucco decoration (by B. Spinetti) and statues (by A. Braun) are a masterful example of the Baroque sense of dramatic effect. Completed by a splendid chandelier, donated to the Orthodox Church by Russian Tsar Alexander II. in 1880, St. Nicholas church on Old Town Square has one of the most impressive church interiors in Prague.
The front of the church was originally located at a small square called "Hen Market" and the church itself was surrounded by many other buildings, hence its strange orientation. The house right next to the church stands on the birthplace of Franz Kafka. Popular classical music concerts in St. Nicholas Church are among the most favourite ones. After the evening concert, the Old Town Square enlighted by lanterns and night lighted Church of Our Lady before Týn are an unforgetable sight!
St. Nicholas church on Old Town square is heated during the winter.
The church as such is not wheelchair accessible, as there are stairs to enter. No lift, no ramp. However, before each concert there are assistants ready to carry the wheelchair in the church.
The concert music was beautiful and listening to it in the setting of the old church just made it almost magical. I didn't mind the fact that for most of the concert we could not see the musicians since the music was eerie and seemed to emanate from the walls themselves. However i do recommend giving a microphone to the soprano since her voice was not strong enough to compete with the piano and the trumpet and got lost in the music. It is a shame since it would have made for an excellent experience otherwise.
Nous avons passé un très bon moment
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The venue was well chosen for the music genre. I consider the selection as average, some of the songs didn't catch me, others were captivating. The artists-performers were good, especially singer-soprano and organ player.
However two main issues with the whole performance were following - the seating was faced towards the main part of the church, which is understandable (you won't rebuild it. But at least a notification would be recommendable. The other spectators were very confused, that they should face empty space, when performers are behind them. Plus I would like to mention that to turn on some chairs made loud screeching sound, the chairs were really old!
Second issue I had was with heating. There was a line in the event description saying the venue is heated. This was provided by heat lamps, but after you turn them off in 20-30 minutes the cold is back. So either turn them on way before, or try to find a way to let them on during the show, or just change the description!
My experience was affected by other spectators who started to be restless after a while (really taking your 2 small children to a concert of classical music is a great idea) but this was mainly due to the fact, that they couldn't see the performers without turning around.
Thank you for a wonderful evening.
I found this event listed two days before leaving for Prague!
We are so very happy …beautiful music and delightful venue!
The soprano showed a joy that was inspirational
The venue is nice and cosy, well located. The challenge was that while the seat were organized to face the Altair, the musicians performed 80% of time at the back of the church, on the first floor balcony, where organ is located. It was a bit weird, since if you want to observe musicians, you have to sit with your head reversed and up. On the other hand, in the absence of musicians, one had enough time to observe the fresques on the walls and ceilings