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  • 26 Jul 2024 ob 20:00

    Križanke Church (Church of Our Lady of Mercy), Trg francoske revolucije 2

In the twentieth century, composers realised that folk music could play an important role in their search for new compositional solutions. To begin with, they were driven to folk tradition by the Romantic need to establish a characteristic national artistic style rooted in the nation’s essence. The two most important representatives of this period in Czech music were Leoš Janáček and Bohuslav Martinů, both of whom frequently resorted to folk motifs. Friday’s recital in Križevniška Church will explore the folk-inspired songs of these two interesting and, until recently, somewhat overlooked composers. They will be sung by the soprano Martina Janková, noted for her roles in operas by Mozart and her performances of works by Baroque composers. She has collaborated fruitfully for many years with the conductor Nikolaus Harnoncourt, who has engaged her for several major operas and oratorios. She will be accompanied on the piano by Christoph Berner, whose broad stylistic range and musical versatility have often been praised by critics. Of particular note is his collaboration with the tenor Werner Güra, with whom he has released numerous award-winning recordings on the Harmonia Mundi label.

Leoš Janáček: Selection from Hukvaldy Folk Poetry in Songs
Church of Hukvaldy!
My Dear Mama
At the Mayor’s Meadows
Why Do You Stand So Sad, My Guelder Rose?
You Little Church!
An Oak Tree in Our Courtyard
Leoš Janáček: Selection from Moravian Folk Poetry in Songs
Love Shining
Lover’s Likeness
My Lover’s Horses
Light Feather
Then and Now
Sound Advice
Musicians from Moravian Folk Poetry in Songs
Leoš Janáček: Selection from On the Overgrown Path
Our Evenings
The Madonna of Frydek
They Chattered Like Swallows from On the Overgrown Path
Good Night!
The Barn Owl Has Not Flown Away!
Bohuslav Martinů: Selection from Songs on One Page
Unlocked by a World
The Dream of the Virgin Mary
At My Mother’s
Bohuslav Martinů: Selection from Songs on Two Pages
The Neighbour’s Stable
The Night Watchman
Secret Love
Bohuslav Martinů: Selection from New Chap-Book
The Inquisitive Girl
The Cheerful Girl
The Request


More information is available on the organizer's website.

Tickets: 24 €