The recording of Les Boréades awarded by Edison Klassiek 2021

The recording of Collegium 1704 won the price of Holland music critics Edison Klassiek 2021 in the category of opera. The tripple CD Les Boréades by J.-Ph. Rameau was recorded at the beginning of 2020 in the Opéra Royal in Versailles and it was published by Château de Versailles Spectacles. It is only the second complete recording of this monumental piece in history – the first one was issued in the 1980s and conducted by Sir John Eliot Gardiner.

Edison Klassiek is being awarded annually since 1960 and it is the most prestigious Holland award reflecting the achievements in the field of classical music. Members of the jury – journalists and promoters – appreciated at the Les Boréades the beauty of the sound of the orchestra and the performance of the soloists, they also highlighted the unique and inspiring energy of Václav Luks.

The other holders of the 2021 awards are for example Norwegian soprano Lise Davidsen with London Philharmonic Orchestra for the CD with music by Beethoven, Verdi, and Wagner, in two categories succeded Italian orchestra Il Giardino Armonico.

Bach´s Brandenburg concerts performed by Collegium 1704

Six Brandenburg Concertos by J. S. Bach performed by Collegium 1704 conducted by Václav Luks will be broadcasted online by ARTE Concert. You can enjoy them from Friday 17 December 7 pm on!

The concerts were recorded at the beginning of 2021 in the Köthen Castle – in the Mirror Hall, where they were presented for the first time.

Premiere of Händel´s Alcina in Brno with Karina Gauvin

On 5 February 2022, the premiere of the opera Alcina by G. F. Händel is going to take place in Janáček Theatre Brno, performed by Collegium 1704 & Collegium Vocale 1704 conducted by Václav Luks. In the title role, you are going to see Canadian soprano Karina Gauvin, who is going to perform also at the Missa 1724 at the Rudolfinum on 15 February 2022. Alcina will be alternated by Pavla Vykopalová, other roles will be sung by Justin Kim, Mirella Hagen, Krystian Adam, Václava Krejčí Housková, Monika Jägerová, Tomáš Král and others.

The opera production follows the successful and acclaimed performance of Vivaldi´s Arsilda at the Slovakian national theatre in Bratislava in 2017. Koproducers are similarly Opéra Royal de Versailles and Théâtre de Caen.

Add the angel with the Collegium 1704 to your Christmas decorations

The cut-out, which was part of the programme of the concert for children at Vzlet, can be downloaded from our website! The author is the graphic designer and illustrator Karolína Bendová, the collaborator of Collegium 1704. She prepares the evening concert programmes and brochures for the seasons, she creates posters and online banners as well. She is also the author of comic strips and illustrations for books.

You can post the photo of your Christmas decorations with the angel to the comments on our Facebook or Instagram!

Mozart´s Great G Minor Symphony conducted by Václav Luks in Ostrava

The supporters of Collegium 1704 from Ostrava are cordially invited to the concert of Janáček Philharmonic conducted by Václav Luks. Mozart´s Symphony No 40 in G Minor, also known as Great Symphony, will be performed on 25 November 2021 at 7 pm in the Dům kultury města Ostravy concert hall. The concert will be presented by the actress Barbora Seidlová.

First series of workshops for children and grown-ups in Vzlet: RESCHEDULED FOR 2022

We regret to announce that both workshops planned for Friday 5 November had to be rescheduled for 2022. We apologize and look forward to meeting you at other Collegium 1704 events.

Don´t miss the unique opportunity to take part in the first series of workshops with Collegium 1704 in Vzlet! On Friday 5 November 2021, we are going to enter the world of tones and colours and with the presenter Klára Boudalová and singers and musicians from Collegium Vocale 1704 and Collegium 1704 we will be inspired by the English polyphony to create colourful paintings. No artistic experiences are necessary.

5 | 11 | 2021 | 4 pm All Colours of Music | Workshop for Older Children

5 | 11 | 2021 | 5.30 pm All Colours of Music Workshop for Grown-Ups

Requiem marking the anniversary of Chopin´s death performed by Collegium 1704

172 years ago, on 17 October 1849, Fryderyk Chopin died in France. His body rests on Pére Lachaise cemetery in Paris, but his heart was buried in the pillar of Basilica of the Holy Cross in Warsaw, Poland. On Sunday 17 October 2021, Collegium 1704 performed Mozart´s Requiem in there. The sound of this very piece touched the ears and hearts of the participants of Chopin´s funeral.

Concert marking the anniversary of Chopin´s death is taking place annually, organized by Fryderyk Chopin Institute and featuring the best orchestras from all over the world. Watch the recorded broadcast of the concert on YouTube.

Open rehearsals series in Vzlet are starting soon

Another series that Collegium 1704 moves to Vzlet , the new Prague palace of culture, are the popular open rehearsals. Two are planned for the autumn part of the season: on 29 September at 2 pm, a rehearsal for the concert El Fuego (30 September), with a programme focusing on rarely performed Spanish music of the sixteenth century, and on 3 November at 2 pm, a rehearsal for the concert Hear my prayer, O Lord (4 November), which explores English polyphony.

Tickets for a single price of CZK 150 are already on sale.

Five days of music, theatre and virtual reality opened Vzlet

A new point on the cultural map of Prague – the former Sokol cinema Vzlet – has officially opened its gates to visitors. Collegium 1704, together with the Vosto5 Theatre and the cinema Kino Pilotů, prepared a five-day tasting program and presented this unique space from all perspectives – as a concert, theatre, and lecture hall, as a place for children’s workshops and fairy-tale performances, as an outdoor gallery, as a space for exploring virtual reality, and as a café for meeting neighbors and friends.

On 30 September, we are going to meet our audiences in Vzlet again – on the concert El Fuego from the Collegium Vocale 1704 chamber series. At 6.30 pm, the Pre-concert talk with Václav Luks is going to take place.

Visit the Liechtenstein Palace with the concert of Collegium 1704

The Lednice-Valtice Music Festival offers its visitors a unique opportunity to admire private art collections which are among the largest in the world and are not normally open to the public.

On Thursday, 23 September 2021, ticket holders for the Collegium 1704 concert will be allowed to enjoy the Garden Palace Liechtenstein in Vienna.

The concert programme includes not only the works of Antonio Vivaldi, but also the modern premiere of Concertino in G Major by the eighteenth-century Austrian composer J. M. Pichler.

The visitors with the concert ticket will be allowed to enter the palace one hour before the concert and admire the interiors.

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