Musical Delicacies

— Early Music Concert Series —


Misterios del Amor

A musical legacy of Sephardic Jews with songs each addressing the theme of love in different ways. — In addition to deeply emotional Sephardic songs, you will hear music of a similar charge and inspiration from the Medi­terranean and the Iberian cultural area.

Monday 12 October 2020 20:00 — On-line concert live from Brno, Czech Republic.  (Event on Facebook)

Due to epidemiological measures the public could only visit this concert on-line.
Voluntary admission (suggested 150 Kč / 90 Kč or 4.00 € / 2.25 €)
Concert “Misterios del Amor” — Institute of Archaeology, Mikulčice, 6 March 2020.



Anonymus Me estas mirando
Adio querida
Lanchas para baylar
La Galana i la mar
Leopold I. Ciaconna
Anonymus Alta es la luna
No hay más flandes
Gaspar Sanz Canarios
Anonymus La rosa enfloreze
Morenica me llaman
La morena
Durme, durme

About the programme

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The core of the programme Misterios del Amor is the musical legacy of the Sephardic Jews. The narrative consists of songs, each of which touches on the theme of love in a different way. In addition to deeply emotional Sephardic songs, you will also hear music of similar inspiration from the Iberian culture and the Mediterranean region.

The Sephardim are a community of Spanish Jews who were definitively expelled from Spain in 1492 as a result of the long reconquista. Subsequent journeys, searching for a place to settle brought them to various places in the Mediterranean region. Their songs and culture in these areas are still alive today: Temperamental songs full of emotions, the melodies and lyrics reflect not only the desires of individuals, but we hear also painful and hopeful tones referring to the turbulent history of this nation.

The programme, which spans various genres — classical, folk-traditional and jazz, — offers listeners comfort, a long excursion from reality to distant or exotic corners, daydreaming and the resulting catharsis. The songs came from the rich tradition of folk music. They were accompanied in different communities and at different times: With the lute or its Arabic predecessor, the oud, with the vihuela, the drum, the tambourine, — or they just sounded on their own, in the solitude of night. Despite being secular music, they are basically deeply spiritual songs, whose balladic lyrics bear traces of the suffering of their creators. The names of the ancient musicians were lost by time, not so much by their experiences.

The music is emotionally charged and deeply personal, yet not sentimental, — a proud sigh, rather than a lament. Ancient personal confessions in aggravated situations (the fates of women and mistresses, sighs from prison) are still surprisingly close to many situations where love and hope are all that people have left. Wars and conflicts may rage, viruses and diseases, but with this concert we will once again remember that it makes sense to live for love — and that it makes sense to fight for a life based on love. And if love touches the hearts of those present tonight, our mission has been fulfilled as well.


Eliška Tesařová

Photo: Eliška Tesařová.

Eliška Tesařová is a singer, music teacher and choirmaster hailing from Kolín. She studied classical singing at the University of Hradec Králové under the guidance of MgA. Jana Machačová; however, she also devotes herself intensively to other styles and genres. She has a long-term collaboration with the Big Band Kolín and with the Duende Academy of Dance and Sports, where she has also found great interest in the music of the Spanish cultural circle. This experience subsequently led her to Sephardic music, which is currently the main focus of her artistic activity. A masterclass with the Spanish lecturer Beatriz Lafont Murcia brought her subsequently an essential singing experience and a shift in the apprehension of the music of the Sephardic circle.

Her appearance is based on an inner understanding of the lyrics and their transmission to the audience through a wide range of singing and music techniques and a natural stage presentation. Together with her new ensemble, she prepared a new music project that connects Sephardic songs with the early music of the Iberian peninsula and the Mediterranean in general.

Marta Kratochvílová

Photo: Marta Kratochvílová.

Marta Kratochvílová studied flute at the Conservatory in Pardubice and then at the Janáček Academy of Performing Arts in Brno. Subsequently, she completed studies in France at the Conservatoire National de Région de Strasbourg, where she specialized on baroque and renaissance traverse flute with Jean-François Alizon and Nancy Hadden, and on chamber music with Martin Gester and Patrick Blanc. She attended masterclasses and workshops by prominent figures such as Paul McCreesh, Barthold Kuijken, Jan Latham-Koenig and Sir Neville Marriner. In France she performed in the ensembles Le Parlement de Musique, Le Masque, Bohemia Duo and NotaBene. At renaissance workshops (Ferrara, Munich, Stuttgart, Basel) she performed regularly with the Consort of traverso players from Strasbourg.

She performs regularly throughout Europe, primarily in chamber projects with her artistic partners, including artists such as Christophe Coin, Jan Čižmář, Karel Fleischlinger, Joel Frederiksen, Marc Hervieux, Martin Jakubíček, Petr Kolař, Ján Krigovský, Martyna Pastuszka, Emmanuel Soulhat, Marcin Świątkiewicz, Marc Vonau, and the ensembles {oh!} Orkiestra Historyczna or Plaisirs de Musique, of which she is a founding member. She is also the 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 historical interpretation.

Marian Friedl

Photo: Marian Friedl.

Marian Friedl, musician, ethnomusicologist, pedagogue, member of several music projects of various specializations, in which he sings, plays the double bass, folk flutes, bagpipes, clarinet, small dulcimer and other instruments. He has performed on more than two dozen CDs, often with leading performers from the Czech scene and abroad. In 2014 he recorded, for example, the album NOCZ and Iva Bittová (Hevhetia), in 2016 Divé Husy with Jitka Šuranská and Martin Krajíček (nominated for the Anděl Music Award 2016) and in the same year the album Mateřština with Jiří Slavík (Anděl award 2016 in the World Music category). He embodied his personal vision of Moravian World Music in his self-conceived project Lambs and Wolves; the album of the same name won the Anděl 2017 award in the Folk category. In 2019 he released his solo album Beskydská Odysea (Indies Scope), the neo-folklore project Píseň ZEMĚ (Animal Music), and also performed as sideman on albums of the Norwegian-Czech group NOCZ and Choir (Hevhetia) and in the project Slovak Dances of the composer and conductor Peter Reiner (Naxos).

Jan Čižmář

Photo: 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 the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Capella Cracoviensis and {oh!} Orkiestra Historyczna, 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 graduating in guitar and musicology in his native city 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.

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

He appears on some dozens of CDs; his first solo CD was released in 2020 (Supraphon), dedicated to the music of Codex Jacobides.

Thank you

The concert takes place with financial support from the Statutory City of Brno and the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic (project Plaisirs de Musique – koncertní projekty 2020).

We thank the company ARTIN, PLC for providing technical support.

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