The czech symphonic orchestra, prague & coro di praha

Symphony no. 9, op. 125 Ludwig van Beethoven
Carmina Burana Carl Orff

The National Orchestra has now completed its cycle of the complete Schubert symphonies. But its benefits will be felt for a long time yet: it was, indeed, the key to Walter Weller’s takeover of the orchestra and his way of moulding it to his own sound ideals, imported from Vienna and Central Europe. That rich heritage can be expected to prove its worth again when it comes to Brahms and Mahler, two composers at the heart of his season at the Centre for Fine Arts. Which is not to neglect the contribution of guest conductors, especially when they come so well armed for the repertoire in question. Pascal Rophé, for example, in contemporary music: the former head of the Liège Philharmonic combines refined orchestral textures with an acute sense of drama that gives them particular lucidity and poignancy. We look forward eagerly to his interpretation of the Eighth Symphony of the Belgian master of resonance Luc Brewaeys. Another world premiere, of the latest work from the Belgian composer Luc Van Hove, is entrusted to the young Brazilian conductor Roberto Minczuk. The NOB also has a knack of finding excellent soloists, such as Plamena Mangova and Yossif Ivanov, both second prizewinners in the Queen Elisabeth Competition, the superb Belgian cellist Marie Hallynck, and Vadim Repin, one of the finest violinists of his generation.