Performance Sunday, November 16, 2014 | 2 PM

Czech Philharmonic

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
“… Unbounded lyricism and Czech melancholy emerged with the authenticity that only this orchestra can bring,” said The Guardian of the Czech Philharmonic. Conducted by Jiří Bělohlávek, the orchestra performs treasures from its homeland by Janáček and Dvořák. Also on the program, pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet ignites fireworks in Liszt’s dazzling Piano Concerto No. 2.


  • Czech Philharmonic
    Jirí Belohlávek, Music Director and Chief Conductor
  • Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Piano


  • JANÁČEK Taras Bulba
  • LISZT Piano Concerto No. 2
  • DVOŘÁK Symphony No. 9, "From the New World"


Janácek's Taras Bulba (Death of Ostap)
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra | Jiri Belohlávek, Conductor

At a Glance

This concert presents three colorful and innovative works from the Czech and Hungarian repertory. Since its epoch-making world premiere at Carnegie Hall in 1893, Antonín Dvořák’s “New World” Symphony has become America’s most popular symphony and a breakthrough in the acceptance of African-American spirituals as significant art—yet it also spawned contentious racial and aesthetic controversies, some of which continue to this day. Leoš Janáček, who was deeply influenced by Dvořák, is represented in Taras Bulba, a spectacular orchestral rhapsody full of the composer’s soaring melodies and jagged theatricalities. Like Dvořák in his fascination with America, Janáček was a Czech composer greatly taken with another culture: Russia and its literature. In the middle of the concert is Franz Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in A Major, the more harmonically and structurally adventurous of his two piano concertos. Both Taras Bulba and the “New World” Symphony use a version of the thematic transformation technique that Liszt pioneered in this daring work.
This performance is part of International Festival of Orchestras I.

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