The Czech Philharmonic will be opening the pre-Christmas season with one of the most noteworthy musical disquisitions on love, life, and death, the Turangalîla-Symphonie by the French composer Olivier Messiaen. Nearly seventy years after its premiere, the orchestra will be presenting the work at the Rudolfinum with artists whose careers have been heavily influenced by the music of this composer, in part thanks to personal encounters with him. The conductor for the concerts on 7–9 December will be David Robertson, and Pierre-Laurent Aimard will be at the piano.
On 24 October 2015, the Czech Philharmonic departed for a concert tour of Japan. When it returned, on 5 November, it had played 8 concerts in sold-out Japanese halls, had travelled thousands of kilometres by road and air and had brought back memories of many artistic and social events, including some new culinary experiences. The tour was a demanding one for everyone, but its success was huge and well deserved.
Some things have interesting histories. Like this medal from the 1960s: its precious metal seems to reflect a dramatic chapter of our country's past as it interweaves with the life stories of three people and the history of the Czech Philharmonic.
It has been several decades now since Bohuslav Martinů’s opera What Men Live By was last performed in composer’s home country. In December 2014, the Czech Philharmonic will perform the piece in its Czech concert premiere under the baton of Jiří Bělohlávek.
The Czech Philharmonic is currently on a tour of the United States that will culminate on 17 November with a concert in Washington's National Cathedral. On 16 November the orchestra will appear in the famous Carnegie Hall, playing the equally famous New World Symphony by Antonín Dvořák. The following article gives a brief overview of the orchestra's previous tours across the Atlantic.