Prague Philharmonic Orchestra

Biography

; Czech Republic
Conductor Jiri Belohlavek founded the Prague Philharmonia Orchestra in 1994 to play the large repertory for smaller orchestra works, particularly of the Classical and twentieth century eras, and to do so with the approach of a chamber orchestra.

It is a large ensemble as chamber orchestras go, numbering 40 musicians, and sometimes expanding to as high as four dozen. Nevertheless, the orchestra maintains the chamber orchestra principle of
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The Prague Philharmonia first assembled for rehearsal on August 22, 1994, beginning activities by working on Beethoven's First Symphony with conductor Belohlavek. It debuted on October 28, 1994, in the Spanish Hall of Prague Castle, where it participated under Belohlavek's leadership in the official concert marking the establishment of the Czech Republic after the new nation's separation from Slovakia. Its first subscription was on November 17, 1994, featuring works of Suk, Mozart, and Beethoven. Its first international tour was to Switzerland, June 22-25, 1995.

The Prague Philharmonia performs with leading national and international soloists. A partial list of stars who have appeared with it included Sarah Chang, Kyoko Takezawa, Dmitri Sitkovetski, Raphael Wallfish, Andras Schiff, Ivan Moravec, and Heinrich Schiff. It has played in festivals in Le Mans, Berlin, Leipzig, Flanders, and Hamburg, as well as most major festivals in the Czech Republic. In addition it has toured abroad to Madrid, Berlin, Frankfurt, Luxembourg, Slovakia, Italy, Jordan, Japan, France, Belgium, and Austria.

The orchestra broadcasts frequently on Czech radio and television, and has had a busy recording schedule with the Czech labels Multisonic, Clarton, Bohemia Music, Lotos, Studio Matous, and Supraphon. Read less

There are 34 Prague Philharmonic Orchestra recordings available.

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Biography

; Czech Republic
Conductor Jiri Belohlavek founded the Prague Philharmonia Orchestra in 1994 to play the large repertory for smaller orchestra works, particularly of the Classical and twentieth century eras, and to do so with the approach of a chamber orchestra.

It is a large ensemble as chamber orchestras go, numbering 40 musicians, and sometimes expanding to as high as four dozen. Nevertheless, the orchestra maintains the chamber orchestra principle of
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WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
Kyrie
Gloria
Credo
Sanctus - Benedictus
Agnus Dei
I. Allegro con spirito
II. Andante
III. Menuetto - Trio
IV. Finale. Presto
I. Adagio - Allegro spiritoso
II. Andante
III. Menuetto - Trio
IV. Presto
I. Allegro ma non troppo
II. Larghetto
III. Rondo (Allegro)
Prelude - Narration 1: The Sun was fading in the West
Chorus: Thus stood time - Narrator: But Moses was old
Interlude - Narrator: But with your new morning, Joshua
Aria: But, with your new morning - Narrator: So Moses faced his people
Aria: Be strong and of good courage - Narration 2: And in the plains of Moab
Chorus: Joshua, son of Nun - Narration 3: And Joshua set aside
The Story of Rahab and the Spies: In all the land of promise
The Story of Rahab and the Spies: Aria: Rahab's Plea
The Story of Rahab and the Spies: And for she feared God - Narration 4: And Joshua took that pack
Aria: Sanctify Yourselves! - Narration 4 (ctd.): And truly on that morrow
Aria of Perplexity: The walls are great
Narration 5: Then Joshua lifted up his eyes
Aria: Rahab's Prayer: The terror is about us
Sinfonia: The Siege of Jericho
Narrator and Chorus: Shout! For the Lord has given you the city
Fanfare - Narration 6: And Jericho
Chorus and Joshua: Ambassadors of Gibeon
Narration 7 and Chorus: And it came to pass
Chorus: The Watch by Gibeon
Battle Fanfares - Narration 8: And till the sinking of the sun
Aria: Sun, stand thou still - Narration 9: And the sun stood still
Chorus of the Priests: All the cities to the great sea - Narration 10: So, Joshua
Aria and Chorus: The Lord has given you all the land - Narration 11: So all these cities
Aria: This day I am going the way of all the Earth - Narrator: So he came
Aria: Oh, your sisters - Narration 12: And in Shechem was a great stone
Aria: Israel, Israel; The Lord has given you a land - Narration 13: So he let his people depart
Aria: I am old


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