Musical Delicacies

— Early Music Concert Series —

Between Heaven and Earth

An afternoon cultural programme in the garden and château combining folk and court music.

Saturday 19 June 2021 16:00–19:00 — Archbishops’ château, Chateau garden & Sala Terrena, Sněmovní náměstí 1, 767 01 Kroměříž, Czech Republic.  (Event on Facebook)


RukyNaDudy (Frenštát pod Radhoštěm):
Plaisirs de Musique (Brno):
Special guests:


YouTube video: Na vrchu kopečka.

16:00 – Heaven and bagpipes

Where: The château garden at the gardener’s house.
What: Wooden folklore on early instruments.
Who: RukyNaDudy.

Some of the performed music can also be heard in the online concert Moravian baroque and folk music.

YouTube video: Polon[aise].

17:00 – Suite rusticana

Where: Château, garden portico.
What: Folk music from manuscripts in the Hradisko monastery.
Who: Plaisirs de Musique & RukyNaDudy.
Anonymus (cca. 1700)
Arrangement: Jan Čižmář
Walachica —Polon[aise] — Deutsche — Der Franzos — Der Wälsche — Kossack — Vacherelle — Aria Hannaco — Faber
(CZ–Bm A 20.545; CZ–Bm A 27.750; CZ–Bm D 189; CZ–Nlobkowicz X Lb 207)
YouTube video: Pavel Josef Vejvanovský: O bona lux.

17:30 – Between Heaven and Earth

Where: Château, Sala Terrena.
What: Courtly music from the archives in Kroměříž.
Who: Plaisirs de Musique and guests.
Giovanni Felice Sances (1600 — 1679) Dominus possedit me
Antonio Bertali (1605 — 1669) Ciacona   (CZ–KRa 883)
Anonymus Aria I. über den 122. Psalm   (CZ–Bm A 20.545)
O Welt! was habe ich annoch mit dir zu thun?
Aria II. Ein Trost Lied   (CZ–Bm A 20.545)
Erhole dich bedrängtes Herze/ Im Schoße der Gelassenheit!
Aria III. Ein Klag Lied   (CZ–Bm A 20.545)
Laßt mich doch nur in der Still/ Ohne Licht und Zeugen weinen
Leopold I. (1640 — 1705) Suite G major   (CZ–KRa A918, CZ–KRa 918 & 904)
Intrada — Sarabanda — Borea/Gavotte — Guige — Balletto — Ciaconna
Anonymus Ihr Traurigen   (CZ–KRa 632)
Pavel Josef Vejvanovský (ca. 1633 — 1693) O bona crux   (CZ–KRa 4818)

About the programme

The afternoon cultural programme Between Heaven and Earth in the Château garden and the Archbishops’ château in Kroměříž is divided into three parts and is suitable both for those who seek a strong musical experience, and for families with children wanting to sit pleasantly in the park.

The band RukyNaDudy takes the listeners into the mountains towering above the fertile Haná plain: Early traditional music from the Beskids performed on authentic folk instruments has been dressed in this unconventional garb by the ethnomusicologist and virtuoso multi-instrumentalist Marian Friedl.

At the château (garden portico), folk musicians (Earth) will meet court musicians (Heaven) with the Plaisirs de Musique ensemble, whose artistic director Jan Čižmář arranged tunes from a manuscript from the Hradisko monastery near Olomouc (e.g., the piece Walachia) for this historically possible, perhaps even probable cast. You will also hear an Aria hannaco from the Lobkowicz collection, the Courante des Forgerons which was extremely popular in the Baroque period, Il Marescalco, the Schmidt Courante and Faber, which theatrically depicts a blacksmith’s week.

The music of the “heavenly” level will then be heard in the last part of the programme. Vejvanovsky’s motet O bona Crux, performed by the American bass Joel Frederiksen, is one of the treasures of the Kroměříž archive, as is also the Suite in G major by Emperor Leopold I, especially its two virtuoso variations performed by Marta Kratochvílová. Another treasure of the château is Bertali’s Ciaconna. You will also hear the short piece Ihr Traurigen and several short spiritual songs from the mandora manuscript of the Olomouc monastery. The dancer Lenka Horalová will accompany selected pieces with choreography in a period costume.


RukyNaDudy: Vlastimil Bjaček, Martin Kocián, Marian Friedl, Petr Domčík, Lukáš Mrkva.

The band RukyNaDudy from Frenštát pod Radhoštěm (Frankstadt) has been playing the archaic form of traditional music of the so-called Hukvaldy (Hochwald) Beskid Mountains since 2004. Its musical inventory include little-used or completely forgotten musical instruments such as the koncovka, fujarka, shepherd’s whistle, “salašovka”, “ochlebky”, gajdy (bagpipes) and small dulcimers. The individual instrumental sets that the band RukyNaDudy uses in their production have their models in real forms known from the past or from other Carpathian regions, and the styles of playing range between the poles of archaic reconstruction and world music. The repertoire of RukyNaDudy includes unknown or little-played songs as well as newly created songs based on local idioms.


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).

Plaisirs de Musique

Plaisirs de Musique: Marta Kratochvílová & Jan Čižmář.

Plaisirs de Musique specializes since 2013 on authentic interpretations of early music on period instruments, its members being leading European experts in the field. The projects that the ensemble performs in are partly regular concerts, but they also comprise collaborations on staged, dance and opera productions. The ensemble appeared in concerts at various festivals at home and abroad (Germany, Austria, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Italy, Switzerland, France, the Netherlands and Belgium). Its artistic leader Jan Čižmář is taking inspiration especially from recent discoveries from musical archives, and strives for an attractive presentation of early music in the context of other disciplines of art. The ensemble’s activities also include educational events and concerts for children.


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.

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.


Joel Frederiksen

Joel Frederiksen.

Joel Frederiksen studied voice and lute in New York and Michigan, where he received his master’s degree, working closely with Early Music specialist Lyle Nordstrom. His wide-ranging basso profundo voice and expressive performances have earned him worldwide acclaim. He has performed with leaders in the early music world including Dame Emma Kirkby, Jordi Savall, Paul O’Dette and Stephen Stubbs, and with the ensembles Musica Fiata, Freiburger Barockorchester, Josquin Capella, Ensemble Gilles Binchois and Huelgas Ensemble. From 1990 to 1999 he was a member of two distinguished ensembles for Early Music in the United States, The Waverly Consort and the Boston Camerata.

For many years Joel Frederiksen has dedicated himself intensively to his speciality, the self-accompanied lute song. After moving to Germany, he established Ensemble Phoenix Munich. Its programs are known for their originality and quality, and have received glowing reviews from the press and generous support from the public. Its debut CD, The Elfin Knight, was released in 2007 and was re-issued in 2018. Three more CDs followed on the harmonia mundi label (O felice morire, Rose of Sharon and Requiem for a Pink Moon). Since 2017, Joel has been under exclusive contract with SONY (CDs: Tell me true love and Un niño nos es naçido). The ensemble’s CDs have won high acclaims, such as Stern des Jahres (Münchner Abendzeitung), Orphée d’Or (Académie du Disque Lyrique) or Echo Klassik (Deutsche Phono-Akademie). The CD Rose of Sharon reached the American Billboard Top 10 and the Bestseller List of Joel is in high demand as singer of oratories and operas, the highlights of 2020 included Orpheus, I am solo concerts in Germany, Switzerland, France and Malta and a US tour with the Boston Camerata of The Play of Daniel as King Darius. He regularly gives singing masterclasses and teaches at courses for Early Music. In 2012 his alma mater, Oakland University, honoured him as a Distinguished Alumni.


Photo: Lenka Horalová.

Lenka Horalová

Lenka Horalová focused for many years primarily on contemporary dance, especially as a member of the ensemble Filigree in Brno. Since 2004, she started to explore the world of Baroque dance, first in the form of occasional seminars and summer schools with local and foreign teachers (Hana Slačálková, Andrea Miltnerová, Dorothée Wortelboer, Béatrice Massin, Françoise Denieau, Bérangère Bodénan, Ludovica Mosca), including participation in the renowned Academy in Sablé-sur-Sarthe (France). She also owes much to the collaboration with her father, the dancer and teacher František Dofek. Since 2012, she devotes herself continuously to Baroque dance under the auspices of Alla Danza Brno. In the summer 2015, they participated in the project Bach 15 of the French choreographer Béatrice Massin, which explores using the principles of Baroque dance in a completely contemporary context.

Thank you

The event is part of the project “Kroměříž Château Festivities – Musica Cremsiriense, which takes place with the financial support of the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic and is co-financed by the project “Loaded – Open. Digitisation, accessibility and educational use of art collections in memory institutions”, which is funded by the EEA and Norway Grants 2014–2021.

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