Program

Saturday 3. October 2015, 18.00 Janáček Opera House

CZECH PHILHARMONIC

JOSEF SUK Fairy Tale, suite, Op. 16
LEOŠ JANÁČEK The Wandering of a Little Soul, violin concerto
ANTONÍN DVOŘÁK Slavonic Dances, Second Set, Op. 72

Josef Špaček violin
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
conductor Jiří Bělohlávek

Czech Philharmonic enters its 120th season and will also celebrate this anniversary in Brno, with a programme of works by the giants of Czech music.

Sunday 4. October 2015, 15.00 - 18.00 café and foyer of the University Cinema Scala

MORAVIAN AUTUMN FOR CHILDREN I: MUSIC AND PICTURE

A multimedia workshop in music and the visual arts for children aged 6+, focused on bringing together music and animation. Children will be involved in the preparation of the screening, recording of sounds and working with them. The result will be a shared audio-visual experience.

Sunday 4. October 2015, 19.00 University Cinema Scala

PRE-SCREENING TALK

With Martin Čihák, tutor in editing at the Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, about the movie Batalion

Sunday 4. October 2015, 20.00 University Cinema Scala

SILENT FILM WITH LIVE MUSIC

Batalion (1927), Czechoslovak silent film directed by Přemysl Pražský (with Karel Hašler in the leading role),
with live musical accompaniment by Kryštof Mařatka, commissioned by the Louvre Museum in Paris (2002),
Czech premiere

conductor Kryštof Mařatka electric piano
Jana Holmanová piano
Jan Mach clarinet
Alžběta Vlčková cello

Monday 5. October 2015, 14.00 University Cinema Scala

CINEMA AND OTHER ARTS I

MICHEL van der AA, talk and screening

Tuesday 6. October 2015, 19.30 Besední dům

A CLASSIC AND AN AUDIO-VISUAL CONCERT

FRANZ SCHUBERT Death and the Maiden (arranged for string orchestra)
MICHEL van der AA Up-Close, concerto for cello, string orchestra, electronics and video

Konstanze von Gutzeit cello
(winner of the 2012 Prague Spring International Music Competition)
Berg Orchestra
conductor Pavel Šnajdr

Up-Close, an audio-visual cello concerto which won the prestigious Grawemeyer Award in 2013, brilliantly exemplifies the oeuvre of the Dutch composer Michel van der Aa in its ingenious combination of music with theatrical and cinematic action. Schubert’s string quartet Death and the Maiden, performed here in an orchestral version, also evokes the movie screen, specifically, Roman Polanski’s film of the same name.

Wednesday 7. October 2015, 19.03 Besední dům

ARMIDA QUARTET

ERKKI-SVEN TÜÜR String Quartet No. 2 “Lost Prayers”
BÉLA BARTÓK String Quartet No. 4
ALBAN BERG Lyric Suite

Armida Quartet
Martin Funda
1st violin, Johanna Staemmler
Teresa Schwamm Peter-Philipp Staemmler violoncello

In 2012 the Berlin-based Armida Quartet won the renowned ARD competition in Munich, not least thanks to its performance of the compulsory piece, Erkki-Sven Tüür’s Second String Quartet, and since then it has been invited to perform at prominent venues and festivals throughout the world.

Thursday 8. October 2015, 19.30 Besední dům

TWELVE CELLOS

EVŽEN ZÁMEČNÍK Musica per Pablo Casals
SOFIA GUBAIDULINA Mirage: The Dancing Sun
ARVO PÄRT L’abbé Agathon for soprano and eight cellos
FRANGHIZ ALI-ZADEH Shystar (Metamorphoses)
ALEXANDER KNAIFEL O Comforter (Prayer to the Holy Spirit) for a choir of cellos
BRETT DEAN Twelve Angry Men

Marie Fajtová soprano
The Brno Cellists
artistic director Pavel Šabacký

The unique ensemble consisting of twelve cellists of the Brno Philharmonic will present attractive works by leading contemporary composers from various corners of the world: Czechia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Estonia, and Russia.

Friday 9. October 2015, 19.30 Janáček Opera House

ROTTERDAM PHILHARMONIC

NIKOLAY RIMSKY-KORSAKOV May Night, opera overture
SERGEY RACHMANINOV Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, Op. 30
JEAN SIBELIUS Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 43

Simon Trpčeski piano
Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra
conductor Cristian Măcelaru

Rotterdam Philharmonic, conductor Cristian Măcelaru and pianist Simon Trpčeski are among the very best in the world. Sergey Rachmaninov’s Third Piano Concerto lives on in the public consciousness, in part as leitmotif in the famous movie Shine (shown separately at our festival). Furthermore, the programme commemorates the 150th anniversary of the best-known Finnish composer, Jean Sibelius.

Saturday 10. October 2015, 20.00 Besední dům

VISIONS

OLIVIER MESSIAEN Visions de l’Amen

Terezie Fialová piano
Karel Košárek piano
Saša Rašilov recitation

Messiaen’s large work for two pianos, Visions de l’Amen, was written during World War II. The performance by outstanding piano duo Terezie Fialová & Karel Košárek will be accompanied by a recitation of biblical texts by the actor Saša Rašilov.

Sunday 11. October 2015, 15.00 Besední dům

MORAVIAN AUTUMN FOR CHILDREN II: HARLEQUIN

KARLHEINZ STOCKHAUSEN Harlekin

Karel Dohnal clarinet

The clarinettist Karel Dohnal portrays the character of Harlequin in a unique music theatre performance. This show will entertain you, make you laugh, surprise and move you. Visual arts workshops for children prepared in collaboration with the Moravian gallery will follow the performance.

Sunday 11. October 2015, 20.30 University Cinema Scala

MOVIE

Shine
(Australia 1996, directed by Scott Hicks)

Monday 12. October 2015, 14.00 University Cinema Scala

CINEMA AND OTHER ARTS II

ERKKI-SVEN TÜÜR – talk with the resident composer of the Moravian Autumn 2015
and screening of his opera Wallenberg

Written in the style peculiar to the composer, Tüür’s opera Wallenberg portrays the fate of Raoul Wallenberg, the Swedish diplomat sent to Budapest during the Nazi occupation, who saved tens of thousands of Jews from deportation to concentration camps, and later very probably fell victim to NKVD purges.

Monday 12. October 2015, 19.30 Evangelical Church of Czech Brethren of J. A. Komenský (Red Church)

THREE ESTONIAN STARS

ERKKI-SVEN TÜÜR, ARVO PÄRT, VELJO TORMIS

Collegium Musicale Chamber Choir
conductor Endrik Üksvärav

Tuesday 13. October 2015, 19.30 Besední dům

PIANO RECITAL

BORIS PASTERNAK, ALEXANDER NIKOLAYEVICH SCRIABIN,
LEV NIKOLAYEVICH TOLSTOY, FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE,
RICHARD STRAUSS
and others

Jan Jiraský piano

Will musical compositions by writers Boris Pasternak and Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy and philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche stand up in a direct comparison with the works by contemporary professional composers?

Wednesday 14. October 2015, 18.30 Sono Centrum

TALK: JUSTĖ JANULYTĖ

Talk with the Lithuanian composer Justė Janulytė

Wednesday 14. October 2015, 20.00 Sono Centrum

SANDGLASSES

JUSTĖ JANULYTĖ Smėlio laikrodžiai (Sandglasses)
for four cellos, live electronics, and installation,
Czech premiere

Luca Scarzella video
Michele Tadini & Antonello Raggi  live electronics
Vilius Vilutis  light design
Gaida Ensemble
Edmundas Kulikauskas, Povilas Jacunskas, Rūta Tamutytė,
Onutė Švabauskaitė
cellos

A work on the borderline between a concert performance and an audio-visual installation, Sandglasses expresses both musically and visually the idea of four sandglasses being started at the same time: the cellists on the stage perform from within four tulle cylinders, on which moving abstract images are projected in combination with lighting design. Following successful performances at important festivals throughout the world, the Brno audience is given a chance to experience this inventive work.

Thursday 15. October 2015, 19.30 Besední dům

DOUBLE RECITAL: VIOLIN AND PERCUSSION

MILOSLAV IŠTVAN / MAURICIO KAGEL / OK PERCUSSION DUO / ANDY PAPE /
ERKKI-SVEN TÜÜR
WALTER COURVOISIER / EUGÈNE YSAŸE / SERGEY PROKOFIEV / PASCAL MANOLIOS

OK Percussion Duo: Martin Opršál and Martin Kleibl
Milan Paľa violin

This unusual double recital combines solo violin and percussion in a programme featuring classics alongside contemporary music. The performers each present repertory for their individual instruments, and join forces for a world premiere. Commissioned by the festival, Erkki-Sven Tüür has created for them a new version of his work Conversio, originally written in 1994 for violin and piano and made famous throughout the world’s concert stages and on recordings by Gidon Kremer.

Friday 16. October 2015, 19.30 Janáček Opera House

BRNO PHILHARMONIC

CLAUDE DEBUSSY Rondes de printemps (from Images)
ERKKI-SVEN TÜÜR Symphony No. 4 “Magma” for percussion and orchestra,
Czech premiere
IGOR STRAVINSKY The Rite of Spring

Colin Currie percussion
Brno Philharmonic Orchestra
conductor Olari Elts

The concluding concert of the festival brings a very attractive programme indeed, and will also mark the climax of Erkki-Sven Tüür’s residency with the Czech premiere of his Fourth Symphony (2002), whose pounding, almost ritualistic rhythms find their counterpart in Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring (1913), the score of which also contains distinctive parts for percussion.

 


The programme is subject to change!