All-star moments: we think that most of the concerts being prepared for the 67th-annual Prague Spring festival are deserving of this characterisation. From the varied list of programmes, we would briefly mention some appearances by foreign ensembles – the Vienna Philharmonic with Daniel Barenboim, the St Petersburg Philharmonic with Yuri Temirkanov, two evenings of the BBC Symphony Orchestra with its music director Jiří Bělohlávek, the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra with Antoni Wit, or in the field of early music, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment with a representative selection from the works of JS Bach and with the participation of the famed British tenor Ian Bostridge.
Returning to the festival stage in solo vocal recitals are Magdalena Kožená, Edita Gruberová and another British tenor, Mark Padmore. Participating in Hrusa’s production of Fidelio will be a whole array of leading Czech and foreign singers: Carol Wilson, Nikolai Schukoff, Jan-Hendrik Rootering, Katerina Knezíková and Adam Plachetka. Beethoven’s music will also be the focal point of a three-year project of cooperation between Prague Spring, one of the world’s largest recording companies (Sony Music) and the Norwegian foundation Stiftelsen Kristian Gerhard Jebsen (SKGJ). Appearing this year on two recorded concerts of an identical programme as part of that project is the famed Norwegian pianist Leif Ove Andsnes, who has chosen Prague Spring and Dvořák Hall at the Rudolfinum for his complete recording of Beethoven’s piano concertos with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra.