Musical Delicacies

— Early Music Concert Series —


A Lully has won fame; Corelli may be praised; but Telemann alone above all praise is raised.

Thursday 19 May 2016 19:30 — Mendel’s refectory, Augustinian Abbey (Mendel Museum), Mendlovo náměstí 1a, 603 00 Brno, Czech Republic Wheelchair accessible.
(The entrance is across the street from the tram stops, a narrow gateway in the whitewashed monastery wall, see map.)

At the same venue we present Tele–man, a children’s version of the programme, on the mornings of May 19th and 20th.

Plaisirs de Musique (CZ):


Georg Philipp Telemann (1681 – 1767):

Introduzzione à tre, C major   (Der Getreue Music-Meister, 1728–1729)
Grave/Vivace — Andante — Xantippe (Presto) — Lucretia (Largo) — Corinna — Clelia — Dido (Triste, Disperato, Triste, Disperato)
Fantasia Nº 7, D major   (cca. 1728)
Alla francese — Presto
Sonata Nº 3, E minor   (Sonate metodiche, 1728)
Grave — Vivace — Cunando — Vivace
Partita G major   (Die kleine Kammermusik, 1716)
Preludio & Siciliana — Aria 1: Allegro — Aria 3: Vivace — Aria 4: Affettuoso — Aria 5: Presto
Sonata a tre, G minor   (Darmstadt, Mus. ms. 1042/63)
Grave, ma non adagio — Vivace — Largo — Allegro
Sonata A major   (Berlin, SA 3903)
Pomposo — Vivace — Largo — Presto
Suite from Der Getreue Music-Meister
Largo a Allegro (from Sonata A minor, TWV 41:a6) — Carillon — Menuet — Largo (from Sonata B-flat major for recorder and b. c.) — Pastourelle — Polonoise
Suite A minor   (PL–Wu 2009)
Aria — Menuet & Trio — Rigidon — Paysans
Trio A minor   (Essercizii musici, 1739)
Largo — Vivace — Affettuoso — Allegro

About the programme

(Johann Mattheson, Grundlage einer Ehren-Pforte,
Hamburg 1740, pag. 369)

A Lully has won fame; Corelli may be praised; but Telemann alone above all praise is raised.

This quote from the musical “Who is Who” of the distinguished composer Johann Matheson, or the designation as incomparable master bestowed upon him by Christian Friedrich Daniel Schubart, show the high esteem which Georg Phillip Telemann (1681–1767) enjoyed among his colleagues and music theorists of the 18th century. And rightly so! No other Baroque composer left future generations with so extensive and diverse compositions of the highest quality. Telemann composed in almost all the forms and genres of his time: Operas, cantatas, oratorios, passions, concerts, overtures, sonatas, suites, the list could be continued. Telemann himself played the harpsichord, the violin, the flute, oboe, shawm, viol, etc., so he could fully deploy each instrument to its advantages.

The programme Telemann! presents a selection of the artist’s extensive instrumental work. You will hear a Partita from the author’s middle period, presented in the collection Die kleine Kammermusik (1715), as well as solo and trio sonatas from his most famous collections, Der getreue Musikmeister (1728) and Essercizii musici (1739), in which there are also popular pieces that reflect the folklore music in the taverns of Lower Silesia, where Telemann spent a short but very inspiring period of his life. The colourful programme is complemented with a Fantasia for solo flute, a Duo for two flutes without bass, a Suite for solo lute, and a number of smaller compositions of varying extension.

Plaisirs de Musique

Plaisirs de Musique is an ensemble that specializes in authentic performance of music from older periods on period instruments. Under the artistic direction of Jan Čižmář it interprets music from the 15th to the 19th century. Its members are leading European professional musicians specializing in early music. Projects which the ensemble performs are partly purely musical, but they also include cooperation on realisations of opera, recitals with singers, actors and dancers.

Jan Kvapil

Jan Kvapil studied recorder with P. Holtslag at the Royal Academy of Music in London and with C. van Heerden at Linz Conservatory, graduating as Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music (London, 2001). In 2011 he completed his doctoral studies at Palacký University in Olomouc, earning the academic degree Ph.D. He has performed with renowned Czech and international ensembles (Collegium Quodlibet Jiří Stivín, Academia Daniel, Capella Rudolphina, Michael Consort…) on concert stages at home and abroad (Austria, Italy, Germany, England, USA, etc.) and has recorded regularly for radio, television and music publishers. As a soloist he has also worked with orchestras (Talich’s Chamber Orchestra, Moravian Philharmonic in Olomouc, etc.), and enganged in in premieres of compositions by contemporary Czech composers (R. Z. Novák, Ensemble Agon). Currently he performs frequently in duo with the lutenist J. Čižmár.

His interest centres on teaching activities: He founded the First Weekend School for Playing the Recorder (Prague) and the Olomouc Weekend School for Playing the Recorder, where the focus is on the continued education of music school teachers. Under his leadership there have been seminars at many places in the Czech Republic to supplement the education of pedagogs. He is artistic director of the activities of the Summer School of Early Music Association (LŠSH), where leading Czech and international names play and teach. He co-authored Flautoškola, a popular textbook about playing the recorder, and publishes printed music and translates scholary literature. He teaches recorder at the Janáček Conservatory in Ostrava; in the years 2006–2012 he worked in the Department of Music Pedagogy at Palacký University in Olomouc, and since 2014 he teaches at the Academy of Ancient Music at Masaryk University in Brno.

Marta Kratochvílová

Marta Kratochvílová studied flute at the Conservatory in Pardubice and then at the Janáček Academy of Performing Arts in Brno. In 2000 began her studies in France at the Conservatoire National de Région de Strasbourg, where she specialized in baroque and renaissance flute with Jean-François Alizon and Nancy Hadden, and chamber music with Martin Gester and Patrick Blanc. She has participated in masterclasses and workshops by prominent figures such as Paul McCreesh, Barthold Kuijken, Jan Latham-Koenig and Sir Neville Marriner. In France until 2010, she played baroque and renaissance flute extensively in the ensembles Le Parlement de Musique Strasbourg, Bohemia duo and NotaBene. She also performed renaissance workshops (Ferrara, Munich, Stuttgart, Basel) with a consort of traverso players from Strasbourg.

Today she lives in the Czech Republic and performs regularly throughout Europe. She appears in mostly chamber and solo projects with artists such as Jan Čižmář, Karel Fleischlinger, Joel Frederiksen, Martin Jakubíček, Petr Kolař, Ján Krigovský, Marcin Świątkiewicz, Marc Vonau, Petr Wagner, and with the ensembles {oh!} Orkiestra Historyczna and Plaisirs de Musique, of which she is a founding member. She is also artistic leader of the renaissance flute consort Tourdion.

As a teacher with many years of experience she is invited to presentations and masterclasses throughout Europe; she teaches also privately baroque and renaissance traverso playing and interpretation.

Krzysztof Firlus

Krzysztof Firlus (viola da gamba) graduated from the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice, where he studied double bass with Jan Kotula and viola da gamba with Mark Caudle. He also completed postgraduate studies at the Mozarteum in Salzburg (viola da gamba, Vittorio Ghielmi), and perfected his skills further under the guidance of artists such as Rachel Podger, Rainer Zipperling, Catalin Rotaru, Thomas Martin, Klaus Trumpf, Rustem Gabdullin, Miloslav Gajdoš, Miloslav Jelínek, Lew Rakov and Teppo Hauta-aho. He received the “Młoda Polska” (Young Poland) scholarship and won prizes in Burg-Namedy, Brno, Wrocław, Poznan, Lodz and Dąbrowa Górnicza. He is a faculty member of the Music Academies in Krakow and Katowice.

Krzysztof Firlus combines successfully artistic careers on the viola da gamba and double bass, giving concerts on both instruments, both as a soloist and as a member of chamber ensembles and orchestras. He is a permanent member of the National Symphony Orchestra of Polish Radio (NOSPR) in Katowice, of {oh!} Orkiestra Historyczna, of the Extempore trio and the Gambasada viol consort. He has also performed with leading Polish ensembles, such as the Silesia Quartet, Concerto Polacco and Capella Cracoviensis. He also collaborated with artists such as Helmuth Rilling, Vincent Dumestre, Paul McCreesh, Aline Zylberajch and Marek Toporowski.

Jan Čižmář

Jan Čižmář is a versatile performer focusing on historical plucked instruments. He performs regularly in Europe, Asia and the USA with ensembles such as Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and Capella Cracoviensis, and under conductors such as Frans Brüggen, Christopher Hogwood, Giovanni Antonini, Yannick Nézet–Séguin and Christina Pluhar. He appears also as soloist with of baroque and renaissance repertoire, and is the artistic leader of the ensemble Plaisirs de Musique.

After graduation in guitar and musicology in his native Brno he studied at the Royal College of Music in London, where he began playing the lute in the class of Jakob Lindberg. He continued his studies at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague with the teachers Nigel North, Joachim Held, Mike Fentross and Christina Pluhar.

He was the founder and editor of the Czech guitar magazine Kytara and contributes regularly to other musical periodicals. He is also intensely involved with publishing and research activities in the field of early music. In 2010 he founded Hudební lahůdky (Musical Delicacies), where he acts as artistic director.

Jan Čižmář taught lute and related instruments at the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice in Poland; currently he is teaching at the Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Brno and at the Academy of Ancient Music at Masaryk University in Brno. He regularly gives courses and masterclasses in Europe and overseas.

Thank you

The concert takes place under the auspices of the Minister of Culture of the Czech Republic Mgr. Daniel Herman and with financial support from the Statutory City of Brno.

Der Medienpartner fürs Konzert ist Radio Classic Praha.

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