The Best of World and Czech Music
A string quartet promises to take you on a musical journey through the centuries during the concert The Best of Czech and World Classical Music. Located at the Church of St Martin in the Wall, a slight step away from Prague’s bright and busy main streets, the performance has a truly special atmosphere and a great selection of leading European composers’ most famous and popular works. Opera overtures, canons and other instrumental works find beautiful new arrangements and feel right at home in each other’s company during this utterly enjoyable performance.
Within the space of about one hour, the string quartet covers not only several centuries’ worth of music but also different geographies. The programme begins in Bohemia and Moravia with ‘Vltava’ by Bedřich Smetana. It then moves to Antonín Dvořák’s catalogue and presents several of his signature works, such as ‘Humoresque No. 7’ or ‘Slavonic Dance No. 8’. You will also enjoy Baroque gems like the famous ‘Canon in D Major’ by Johann Pachelbel, ‘Adagio in g minor’ by Tomaso Albinoni, ‘Air’ by Johann Sebastian Bach, or parts of ‘The Four Seasons’ by Antonio Vivaldi. These high points in the European chamber music tradition ring naturally in the great acoustics of the Church of St Martin in the Wall.
Moving forward through time and slightly westward, the concert also includes the intermezzo and overture to the opera Carmen by Georges Bizet and the famous, rich ‘Divertimento in F Major’ by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The evening wraps with a couple of the Hungarian dances that shape the musical legacy of Johannes Brahms. Thus, the concert The Best of Czech and World Classical Music takes you on a very special excursion through the centuries. Thanks to the gifts of a number of European composers and the talents of the experienced Czech musicians, the walls of St Martin’s will echo with beautiful melodies.