Collegium 1704 on the Bachfest Leipzig – online

Bach from Leipzig at home – that is the motto of this year´s Bachfest Leipzig named Bach´s Messiah, running online again. Collegium 1704 is going to perform two concerts – the first one on Sunday 13. June 2021 at 16.00 in Nicolaikirche, Leipzig (Bachs Messias 3), the second one will be broadcasted from the same place on Tuesday 15. June at 16.00 (Bachs Messias 10). Information about the stream and tickets on the website Bach from home.

Má vlast performed by Collegium 1704 available on YouTube for one year

Opening concert of the Prague Spring on 12 May 2021 was indeed a milestone in the history of Collegium 1704. Conducted by Václav Luks, Collegium 1704 performed the cycle of symphonic poems Má vlast by Bedřich Smetana. The concert was broadcasted live on Czech TV Art and Czech Radio Vltava, the recording will be available on YouTube for one year.

The broadcasts of the concerts of the 76th Prague Spring International Music Festival reached more than half-million spectators. The unique peak to the backstage preparations of the opening concert was captured by the short documentary directed by Kateřina Hager Smetana de Luks.

Reviews of the concert available here.

Cast of the opening concert of the Prague Spring 2021

The opening concert of the 76th International music festival Prague Spring took place on 12 May 2021 in the Smetana Hall of the Municipal House, Prague. Collegium 1704 performed My Country by B. Smetana.

conductor | Václav Luks

concert master | Elfa Rún Kristindóttir

violino I | Laszlo Paulik, Viktor Mazáček, Markéta Knittlová, Martin Kalista, Balázs Bozzai, Vojtěch Jakl, Simone Pirri, Štěpán Ježek, Lucie Sedláková Hůlová, John Ma, Noyuri Hazama

violino II | Adéla Štajnochrová, Kristýna Hodinová, Simona Tydlitátová, Jan Hádek, Pawel Miczka, HyeWon Kim, Veronika Manová, Adéla Drechsel, Dagmar Valentová, Kamila Guz, Klaudia Matlak

viola | Michal Dušek, Martin Stupka, Dominik Dębski, Dorian Wetzel, Monika Grimm, Zuzana Peřinová, Julia Kriechbaum, Ildiko Ludwig

violoncello | Libor Mašek, Michal Sťahel, Jan Keller, Matyáš Keller, Hana Fleková, Balasz Adorján, Vilém Petras

double bass | Luděk Braný, Tomáš Karpíšek, Tilman Schmidt, Miriam Shalinsky, Jonas Lars Gunnar Carlsson, Attila Szilágyi

harp | Valeria Kafelnikov, Markus Thalheimer

flute | Georges Barthel, Dorta Raquel Martorell

piccolo | Emiko Matsuda

oboe | Katharina Andres, Petra Ambrosi

clarinet | Ernst Schlader, Christine Foidl

bassoon | Hugo Rodríguez Arteaga, Luís Tasso Athayde Santos

tromba | Marc Deml, Albert Marigo

trombone | Stanislav Penk, Lukáš Moťka, Bohumil Tůma

corno | Anneke Scott, Jana Švadlenková, Joseph Walters, Patrick Broderick, Jörg Schultess, Johannes Laceulle Gijs

timpani | Michael Kroutil

perkussion | Saori Seino, Marcin Drajewicz, Gyu Jin Lee

tuba | Karel Malimánek

New partnership of Collegium 1704 and Lobkowicz Collections

These days, Collegium 1704 is building a new partnership with the Lobkowicz Collections. We are looking forward to the interesting projects, that we will create together, and collaboration on our common field of activities!

The Lobkowicz Collections o.p.s. is the non-profit entity which manages the Lobkowicz Collections, one of Europe’s oldest, finest, and most intact family collections dating back over 1,000 years. Among tens of thousands of objects are outstanding fine and decorative arts, arms and armor, musical manuscripts, and a 65,000-volume rare books library, along with millions of archival documents—built upon centuries of patronage and stewardship. The Collections were confiscated under the Nazi and Communist regimes. With the passage of the Czechoslovak restitution laws in the early 1990s, the Lobkowicz family reclaimed and reassembled the Collections, making these previously hidden treasures fully available to the public for the first time in history. The Collections are currently exhibited at the Lobkowicz Palace in Prague Castle and Nelahozeves Castle.

The Lobkowicz Collections draws its significance from its comprehensive nature, which reflects the cultural, social, political, and economic life of Central Europe for centuries. Highlights include world-famous paintings by Bruegel, Canaletto, Cranach, Rubens, and Velázquez, Medieval and Renaissance works of art and exceptional decorative arts, such as the largest surviving Delft dinner service in the world (c. 1685). The Collections has one of the largest and finest private libraries still intact in Central Europe, showcasing 15th-century Albrecht Dürer woodcuts and a rare, 9th-century gospel book. An unparalleled collection of musical instruments, and printed editions of scores, parts, and libretti, is crowned by hand-annotated manuscripts and correspondences by many of the world’s greatest composers, including Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven.

Box Offices in Rudolfinum open on Monday 3 May

From Monday 3 May 2021 on, the box offices of the Czech Philharmonic in Rudolfinum will be open. From this day it is possible to claim a refund for the tickets for the cancelled concerts of Season 2020/21, that has been purchased in Rudolfinum.

Please note, that the first week after opening, it could be crowded due to the start of the Czech Philharmonic subscription sale. In case, you are willing to buy the subscription tickets for the Season 2021/22  at the same time, please visit the box offices after the subscription tickets sale of Collegium 1704 starts – on 13. May 2021.

Opening hours: 10.00 – 18.00 (may – june) 10.00 – 15.00 (july – august)

Subscription tickets sale for Season 2021/22 begins on 13 May

On Thursday, 13 May 2021, we are launching the subscription tickets sale for the Season 2021/22 in the Rudolfinum – Dvořák Hall. The programme will be presented within a few days, the new programme brochure is coming soon!

You can look forward to the pieces by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Josef Mysliveček, or Georg Friedrich Händel, we are going to maintain the visual of Michal Bačák´s illustrations.

Concert of Messiah by G. F. Händel from Ostrava on Czech TV Art

On Friday 2 April 2021, Czech TV Art is going to broadcast the concert of Messiah by G. F. Händel performed by Collegium 1704 and Collegium Vocale 1704 conducted by Václav Luks on Svatováclavský hudební festival in September 2020. The concert is available also online.

Solo parts were performed by Hana Blažíková, Markéta Cukrová, Jaroslav Březina and Roman Hoza. This year, Collegium 1704 is going to perform on Svatováclavský hudební festival again. On 14 September 2021 in Evangelical Christ Church in Ostrava, Czech republic, the program of Bach´ s Magnificat and Zelenka´s Missa Dei filii will be presented.

Series About Václav Luks at France Musique

The French radio station France Musique dedicated five episodes of the series “Grands interpretes de la musique classique” to Václav Luks. The series presents important conductors, musicians, and ensembles.

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