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Smetana 200 - A Grand Gala Celebration
Smetana 200 - A Grand Gala Celebration

Smetana 200 - A Grand Gala Celebration

Celebrating Bedřich Smetana’s 200th Anniversary 2024

Live recorded, 8 June 2024, 8:00 pm CET

From the Festival Hall in Litomysl, Czech Republic

Bedrich Smetana (2 March 1824 – 12 May 1884) is regarded as the founder of Czech music. His father, a brewer to Count Waldstein, whose Renaissance castle situated close to the Festival Hall, had a natural gift for music and played in a string quartet and introduced the music to his talented son, Bedrich who soon played both violin and piano. His skills as a pianist were in great demand at the towns many soirées, and he enjoyed a hectic social life as a young man. He started early composing his own music both for piano, string quartet, orchestra, and later in life, opera. Internationally he is best known for his opera The Bartered Bride and for the symphonic cycle Ma vlast (My Homeland), which portrays the historical legends and landscape of the composer’s native Bohemia. It contains the famous symphonic poem “Vltava”, also known by its English name “The Moldau”

In an entertaining gala show Bedrich Smetana is celebrated with orchestra-, string quartet- and opera music, and with soloists on the piano and violin. Introducing La Putyka new circus acrobats.


Czech Philharmonic

Jakub Hrusa, conductor

Jan Mráček, violin ∙ Ivo Kahánek, piano
Cirk La Putyka circus

Bedřich Smetana:
The Bartered Bride: Overture
Jiřinková polka
Grand Overture D Major
Furiant from Czech Dances II
Hakon Jarl
String Quartet No. 1 (1st Movement)
Dance of the Comedians
Z domoviny
Ma vlast (The Moldau)

TV Director: Kristian Løkken

Duration: approx. 90'

Produced by NordicStories

Progr. No.: 4765

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Europakonzert 2024 from Tsinandali
Europakonzert 2024 from Tsinandali

Europakonzert 2024 from Tsinandali

Live recording from the Amphitheatre Tsinandali, Georgia, 1 May 2024


Berliner Philharmoniker

Daniel Harding, conductor

Lisa Batiashvili, violin


Franz Schubert: Overture from Die Zauberharfe, D 644 
Brahms: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D Major, Op. 77
Tsintsadze (arr.: Nikoloz Rachveli): Georgian Miniatures

Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67


“This concert will be the highlight of my life,” says Lisa Batiashvili. But this year's Europakonzert will not only be special for the Georgian-born artist: this is the first time that a top European orchestra has performed in Georgia, a candidate for EU membership. Batiashvili performs one of the most difficult and beloved works for her instrument, Brahms's Violin Concerto. Under the baton of Daniel Harding, the Berliner Philharmoniker close out this concert with Beethoven's Fifth Symphony. Harding has been closely associated with the Berliner since his debut in 1996. After directing in 2019 at the Musée d'Orsay in Paris, he is now conducting his second Europakonzert.

Tsinandali (Georgian: წინანდალი) is a village in Kakheti, Georgia, situated in the district of Telavi, 79 km east of Tbilisi. It is noted for the palace and historic winery-estate which once belonged to the 19th-century aristocratic poet Alexander Chavchavadze and which, since 2019, is the venue for the Tsinandali Festival.


TV Director: Henning Kasten

Duration: 96'

Recorded in HD

Produced by EuroArts Music International, ZDF, Mezzo, Medici, Les Film Figures Libres, arte

Progr. No.: 4729

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