In order to bring back to life forgotten compositions of the past related to the musical life of the former owners of the Český Krumlov dominion, the 31st year of the Chamber Music Festival in Český Krumlov will be held from June 23 to July 5, 2017. The audience will welcome performances of young or less known musicians associated with Southern Bohemia, but also the art of renowned ensembles and artists.
The 31st year of the Chamber Music Festival in Český Krumlov will bring a modern premiere of comic opera Das Orakel performed for Baroque night in Český Krumlov castle ® by Capella Regia under Robert Hugo. This is one of the few surviving operas of Antonín Laube (1718-1784) to a German libretto by Christian Fürchtegott Gelert. The musicologist Václav Kapsa has gained a duplicate copy of this piece from Stockholm Musik- och teaterbiblioteket and it is undoubtedly a valuable contribution to supplement to the information regarding development of opera production in the Czech Lands in the 18th century.
The Echos of the Prague Spring festival will offer several chamber pieces from the Schwarzenberg music collection, coming from the 18th and 19th century. You will hear a few modified versions of that time favourite operatic arias for string quartet from the Italian composer Giuseppe Cambini (1746-1825?) and from the Schwarzenberg court musician Jan Vent (1745-1801). This kind of chamber music enjoyed in that time an immense popularity, but later it prevailed an artistically more ambitious form of Haydn's 4-movement string quartet, which will be represented in the program with one item of the Schwarzenberg music collection.
The concert Historical music of Český Krumlov churches by the chamber ensemble Dyškanti will be dedicated to the 25th anniversary of historic centre of Český Krumlov Town's entry into the UNESCO nature and cultural heritage list. The concert will be based on research activities of the artistic director of the ensemble, musicologist and native of Český Krumlov, Martin Horyna.
Within the frame of the festival there will again perform the Schwarzenberg Guard Jazzband at a freely accessible matinee. Its repertoire is built up from a musical archive of a body, which has under this name worked in Český Krumlov between the world wars.
From the promising South Bohemian artists will be to audience of Český Krumlov introduced Ludmila Dvořáková (* 1990), a fresh graduate from the Conservatorium Maastricht (Faculty of Arts Maastricht of Zuyd University), who will within an Organ recital in the Corpus Christi Monastery Church of Český Krumlov perform together with one of the most renowned Czech players on cornetto, Richard Šeda. Her ties to the South Bohemian region still keeps the button accordion player, native of Prachatice, Jana Bezpalcová (*1979). This graduate from the University of Music Franz Liszt Weimar will perform within nocturne together with the renowned cellist Dominika Weiss-Hošková.
Four concerts promise participation of top Czech and Slovak artists of various genres. These include a concert called the Jazz above the Vltava on the terrace of Hotel Růže performed by the ASPM Jan Spálený, a traditional concert in honour of Master Josef Suk with the Guarneri trio and a work of Bohemian composers. A gala concert will present a Slovak chamber orchestra, the Capella Istropolitana with the young Czech bassoonist Jan Hudeček (* 1990 in České Budějovice, winner of the interpretation competition of the Prague spring festival in 2014)
This year's dramaturgical novelty of the Chamber Music Festival will be a concert for Egon Schiele. Schoenberg's Transfigured Night for string sextet and other songs from Schiele´s contemporaries will be played by the chamber ensemble Variace composed of players from the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra. The organizers would like to focus on music of the 20th and 21st centuries within these concerts in the future. They would also with a reference to Schiele´s name remind of the fact that Český Krumlov is not an open-air museum conserving the cultural heritage of medieval, renaissance and baroque architecture, but this town has always inspired and will also in the later epochs inspire contemporary artists.
Tickets available at the Tourist Information Centre Český Krumlov, reservation possible under www.ckrumlov.cz/tickets.