Focus on Czech composers atSchleswig-Holstein music fest

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13 July 2004 , LUEBECK - Germany's northern state of Schleswig- Holstein is off and running in its 19th season of the Schleswig- Holstein Music Festival with the focus this year on composers from the country's neighbour, the Czech Republic. The festival runs through 29 August with more than 130 concerts scheduled in a variety of settings ranging from symphony concert halls to the park grounds of castles and palaces down to erstwhile barns and stables converted into cozy and informal concert venues in the p

13 July 2004

LUEBECK - Germany's northern state of Schleswig- Holstein is off and running in its 19th season of the Schleswig- Holstein Music Festival with the focus this year on composers from the country's neighbour, the Czech Republic.

The festival runs through 29 August with more than 130 concerts scheduled in a variety of settings ranging from symphony concert halls to the park grounds of castles and palaces down to erstwhile barns and stables converted into cozy and informal concert venues in the pastoral north German countryside.

While the festival offers a broad variety of music, mostly classical but with some jazz thrown in for variety, a special spotlight in the 2004 programme is to be on Czech composers as well as current musical performers.

The variety of Czech composers will be fully embraced at the music festival, with offerings of the works of such lesser-known composers as Jan Dismas Zelenka (1679-1745) and on through to Johan Baptist Vanhal (1739-1813) and Jan Vaclav Vorisek (1791-1825).

In covering Czech contributions to the great classical period of the 19th Century, the Schleswig-Holstein festival also puts a strong spotlight on composers Bedrick Smetana (1824-1884) and Antonin Dvorak (1841-1904), on up to the early modernist works of Leos Janacek (1854-1928).

The Czech programme is rounded out with performances of modern composer Jan Novak (1921-1984).

Besides the composers, music audiences will be witnessing current Czech conductors, orchestras and performers, including the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Zdenek Macal, the Prague Chamber Orchestra, the Skampa Quartet, the Vlach Quartet Prague and the Guarneri Trio Prague.

Among the individual performers, mezzosopranist Dagmar Peckova and Magdalena Kozena will be holding concerts, pianist Ivan Moravec is to perform pieces by Janacek and Smetana, and organist Jaroslav Tuma will play works for the organ by Czech contemporaries of the German master Johann Sebastian Bach.

Adding variety and depth to the Czech focus, internationally- acclaimed writer Pavel Kohout will give a recitation called a literary self-portrait to a musical background provided by Slovakian concert pianist Daniela Hlinkova.

Rounding out the portrayal of modern Czech cultural entertainment, Prague's famous puppet theatre Spejbl and Hurvinek will give several performances.

German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder praised the focus on Germany's eastern neighbour this year.

"The Czech Republic "is a country with a great music and literary tradition," he commented at the music festival's opening in Luebeck.

DPA

Subject: German news

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