Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra / Josef Špaček / Petr Popelka

Martinů: La Bagarre & Violin Concerto No. 2 / Dvořák: The Noon Witch / Suk: Pohádka

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Josef Špaček
Josef Špaček © Radovan Subin
Petr Popelka
Petr Popelka © Khalil Baalbaki

At twelve o’clock sharp

When Petr Popelka conducts the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra in music by three of the most famous composers from his Czech homeland, that is a speciality in itself. And Dvořák’s »The Noon Witch« adds another rarity to the programme.

In this symphonic poem, a witch appears on the scene at exactly noon and has a decisive influence on events in both the underlying fairy tale and the music. Of course, Dvořák did not miss the opportunity to incorporate the chimes of the church clock into his composition. We also hear a work by Dvořák’s son-in-law Josef Suk, who set four other fairy tale scenes to music in his orchestral piece »Pohádka«. But this Czech evening opens with music by Suk’s pupil Bohuslav Martinů. With his numerous echoes of folk music, Martinů enchanted not only his fellow countrymen, but also American culture-lovers in the 1940s and 1950s. It goes almost without saying that his Violin Concerto is performed by the exceptional Czech violinist Josef Špaček.


Prager Radio-Sinfonieorchester

Josef Špaček violin

conductor Petr Popelka


Bohuslav Martinů
La Bagarre / Allegro for Orchestra, H 155
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 2, H 293

– Interval –

Antonín Dvořák
The Noon Witch / Symphonic Poem, Op. 108

Josef Suk
Pohádka (Fairy Tale) / suite from incidental music composed for Julius Zeyer’s dramatic fairy tale »Radúz a Mahulena«, Op. 16


(in German)

19:00 / Elbphilharmonie, Großer Saal

Estimated end time

approx. 22:00


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