Semyon Bychkov conducts Dvořák, Smetana, and Martinů

Concert for the 100th Anniversary of the Founding of Czechoslovakia

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Ivo Kahánek — Pianist
Michael Kroutil — Timpani
Czech Philharmonic
Semyon Bychkov — Conductor

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"It’s not a question of quality," says Semyon Bychkov about the distinctive sound of his ensemble, "it’s a question of identity.... The Czech Phil had their own tradition from an earlier time: how they play their instruments, what the instruments should sound like. You can hear it in the string sound, in the wind sound." When Bychkov left his post as Chief Conductor for the WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne, the great Soviet-born conductor intended only to take guest conductorships—but in 2018, a personal invitation from the musicians of the Czech Philharmonic made him reconsider.

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Venue: Rudolfinum — Dvořák Hall (Prague, )
Production date: 2018
Recording date: 2018
Duration: 1 h 51 min
Production: © Czech Philharmonic
Resolution: Full HD