MAHLER SYMPHONY No. 2 Resurrection, Wednesday 10 October 2018, Rudolfinum, Prague

The Czech Philharmonic's 123rd season opens tonight with Mahler's Symphony No. 2 Resurrection conducted by its new Chief Conductor and Music Director Semyon Bychkov.

Bychkov will be joined on the platform by soloists Christiane Karg and Elisabeth Kulman who will later join him for performances in Bratislava, New York and Vienna. In addition to 15 concerts in Prague, concluding with three performances of Mahler's Symphony No. 9 in April, Bychkov will mark his first season as Chief Conductor and Music Director of the Czech Philharmonic with concerts in London and Vienna, as well as tours to the United States, Germany and Belgium.

For his inaugural season, Bychkov will conduct five subscription weeks spanning a broad range of repertoire including works by Dvořák, Stravinsky, Rachmaninov and Schubert, as well as continuing performances and recordings for The Tchaikovsky Project.

The Tchaikovsky Project launched in 2016 with Decca’s release of Symphony No. 6 coupled with the Romeo & Juliet Fantasy-Overture followed by the release of the Manfred Symphony in August 2017. This year, the Czech Philharmonic will perform and record Tchaikovsky's Symphony Nos. 1 and 2, and Piano Concertos Nos. 2 and 3. The project will culminate in 2019 with residencies in Prague, Vienna and Paris, and Decca’s release of all Tchaikovsky’s symphonies, the three piano concertos, Romeo & Juliet, Serenade for Strings and Francesca da Rimini.

During the season, Bychkov and the Czech Philharmonic will present Berio's Sinfonia for 8 Voices and Orchestra - the first performance in the Czech Republic for 20 years - and the Czech première of Glanert's Weites Land. Both Berio and Glanert are composers with whom Bychkov has enjoyed long and close associations. Additionally, Glanert is one of fourteen composers that the Czech Philharmonic has commissioned for future seasons alongside Thomas Larcher (Austria), Bryce Dessner (US), Julian Anderson (UK) and Thierry Escaich (France); and nine Czech composers: Jiří Teml, Jiří Gemrot, Pavel Zemek Novák, Martin Smolka, Adam Skoumal, Miloš Orsoň Stědroň, Miroslav Srnka, Petr Wajsar and Slavomír Hořínka.

“There are many ways to describe the Czech Philharmonic tradition. One of them must be a never ending search for truth in musical expression. This is both our credo and mission.” SEMYON BYCHKOV


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