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 Czech Philharmonic Orchestra

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra (Orchestra)

The Czech Philharmonic Orchestra (Ceská filharmonie in Czech language) is based in Prague and is probably the most famous and the most internationally respected Czech orchestra.

The Czech Philharmonic Orchestra was formerly the orchestra of the Prague National Opera. It played its first concert under its current name on January 4, 1896 when Antonín Dvorák conducted his own compositions, but it did not become fully independent from the opera until 1901. In 1908, Gustav Mahler led the orchestra in the world premiere of his Symphony No. 7. The orchestra first became internationally known under the baton of Václav Talich, who was principal conductor from 1919 to 1931, and again from 1933 to 1941. Subsequent conductors included Rafael Kubelík (1942-1948),

Further Reading: Czech Philharmonic Orchestra

 Recording of the Week, Jiří Bělohlávek conducts Martinů's What Men Live By

The world premiere recording of a 1952 'pastoral opera' based on Tolstoy, captured three years before the Czech conductor's death in 2017.

 Recording of the Week, Jiří Bělohlávek conducts Janáček

Late recordings of the Glagolitic Mass, Taras Bulba, the Sinfonietta and The Fiddler's Child bear witness to the Czech conductor's affinity for his countryman's music.

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