Musical Delicacies

— Early Music Concert Series —


Tombeau pour M. Wagner

Concert in memory of Petr Wagner († 30 December 2019).

Wednesday 30 December 2020 18:00 — On-line concert, Prague, Czech Republic.

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 €)



Johann Georg Weichenberger (1676 — 1740) Prælude   (Suite G minor, CZ–Bm A371)
Jan Antonín Losy (ca. 1650 — 1721) Air
Sylvius Leopold Weiss (1687 — 1750) Tombeau sur la Mort de M: Cajetan Baron d’Hartig
Esaias Reusner (1636 — 1679) Prelude
Ennemond Gaultier (ca. 1660 — 1730) Allemande — Tombeau de Mezangeu
Ennemond Gaultier (ca. 1660 — 1730) Sarabanda Maris
Ennemond Gaultier (ca. 1660 — 1730) Sarabanda de Gaultier
Sylvius Leopold Weiss (1687 — 1750) Prelude
Anonymus (Bohemia, ca. 1700) Aria — Double
Anonymus (ca. 1700) Harmonie des Anges á 3 lettres. Allemande   (CZ–Bm A372)
Sylvius Leopold Weiss (1687 — 1750) Tombeau sur la mort de M. Comte de Logy

Petr Wagner

Photo: Petr Wagner.

Born in Prague, Petr Wagner studied cello at the Prague Conservatoire with Josef Chuchro. This was followed by studies in musicology at the Charles University in Prague and at the Royal Holloway University of London. There he was introduced to viola da gamba by Richard Boothby, later continuing with Jaap ter Linden at the Akademie für alte Musik Dresden. He completed his studies of viola da gamba with Wieland Kuijken at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague.

As a soloist, chamber and continuo player, Petr appeared at numerous European festivals, such as Queen Elizabeth Hall/Southbank Early Music Series London, Festival Île-de-France, Festival Art et Spiritualité (Troyes/France), Mexico City Shakespearean Festival, Prague Spring, Festival Mitte Europa, Forum Musicum Wrocław and Concentus Moraviae. He performed with leading musicians, for instance Jacques Ogg, Andrew Parrott, Konrad Junghänel, Sirkka-Liisa Kaakinen, Shalev Ad-El, Wilbert Hazelzet and Philip Pickett, and with the New London Consort, Capella Cracoviensis, Musicians of the Globe, Concerto Palatino, Orfeo Orchestra, Collegium 1704, Solamente naturali, Musica Florea and others.

In 1998 Petr Wagner founded Ensemble Tourbillon which focuses on 17th and 18th century repertoire, with music by Couperin, Bach, Marais, Rebel, Purcell, Finger, Fischer and Händel.

Petr Wagner appeared regularly on the BBC, Polish Radio, Czech Radio and Czech TV. He performed on nearly 50 CDs, either as a soloist, chamber musician and conductor. He has recorded solo CDs that have won enthusiastic reviews and reception world-wide. His recordings of Pièces de Viole by Charles Dollé and the complete works for viola da gamba by Gottfried Finger are considered some of the most important gamba recordings worldwide. In 2011, Petr Wagner’s world premiere recording of Pièces de Viole by Roland Marais was released by ACCENT label and has immediately received very warm acceptance (Choc du mois / CLASSICA, Diapason etc). This label also released his further CDs, “Gottfried Finger: The Complete Music for Viola da Gamba Solo” (2013), “Vienna 1709” (2014), “Schmierer: Zodiaci musici” (2015), “Zelenka: 8 Italian Arias, ZWV 176” (2016) and “Abel: The Drexel Manuscript” (2016).

Petr Wagner taught viola da gamba, among other places, at the Music Academy in Wrocław and at the Masaryk University in Brno, and gave master ckasses in early music in Lidzbark Warmiński (Poland), Prague, Düsseldorf and Moscow.

Petr Wagner died 30 December 2019 after a brave struggle with a serious illness.

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 Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic and the Capital City of Prague.

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