Mozart. Schubert

Orchestral series A
Dvořák Hall Rudolfinum
Jan Palach Square 79/1, Prague

CZK 1 300 | 900 | 700 | 500 (SL/E*) | CZK 200 (ST*)
Donor’s ticket CZK 3 000
*SL/E partial view and organ gallery above the stage
*ST standing

Individual tickets are available from June 14th, 2021.

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Sinfonia Concertante for Violin, Viola and Orchestra in E flat major KV 364 (320d)
Franz Schubert
Symphony No. 8 in B minor D 759 “Unfinished”
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Symphony No. 41 in C major KV 551 “Jupiter”

A meeting of geniuses who've never met

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Franz Schubert, child prodigies, eternally young geniuses, composers with an unusually extensive creative legacy, have much in common although they had never met in person (Mozart died in Vienna before Schubert was born there), but Julian Rachlin will bring both of them to the stage at the fourth subscription concert and will present them in the best light.

Of Mozart‘s more than 40 symphonies, Symphony No. 41 „Jupiter“ with its triumphant nickname is perhaps the most popular. The paradox is that Mozart composed it under unfavourable circumstances in life, and practically without any hope of its performance. Schubert‘s „Unfinished“ Symphony attracts attention not only because of its musical qualities, but also because of the still-discussed dilemma of whether its unusual form in two movements was intentional, or whether Schubert stopped the creative process due to reasons unknown to us. The program is complemented by Mozart‘s Sinfonia Concertante in E flat major, admired for its emotional depth and surprisingly profound sound.

And since this season we focus mainly on French music, let us remind ourselves that Mozart got the idea to write a composition in this genre while being in Paris. Solo parts in this extraordinary composition will be performed by the conductor of this concert, Julian Rachlin (violin), and Sarah McElravy (viola).

Julian Rachlin & Sarah McElravy: Sinfonia Concertante in E flat Major, K. 364

Julian Rachlin

Julian Rachlin — violin, conductor

The violinist, violist and conductor Julian Rachlin is undoubtedly a true celebrity in the world of classical music. A pupil of Pinchas Zukerman, he won the Eurovision Competition in 1988, and at the age of thirteen was the youngest ever soloist to debut with the Vienna Philharmonic conducted by Riccardo Muti. Since then he has built a truly global career, which has included working with Mariss Jansons, Valery Gergiev, Christoph Eschenbach, Manfred Honeck, Myung-Whun Chung, Riccardo Chailly, Zubin Mehta and many other international conductors. Several composers have dedicated their works to him, including Krzysztof Penderecki. His recordings have been produced by leading international labels such as Sony Classical, WarnerClassics and Deutsche Grammophon.

Today he divides his time between his career as a soloist and a conductor. He is the principal guest conductor of the Royal Northern Sinfonia, the Turku Philharmonic Orchestra and the Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra. As a conductor he has toured Europe with the English Chamber Orchestra and has worked with the Royal Philharmonic in Liverpool, the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana and the Royal Northern Sinfonia.

He first performed with the PKF — Prague Philharmonia at Prague Spring 2018 as part of his artist in residence. He is the director of the festival Julian Rachlin & Friends in Palma de Mallorca and has his own concert series at Vienna’s Musikverein. Alongside his many artistic activities he also devotes himself to charity work and educational programmes. In 2010 he was chosen as a UNICEF ambassador and a member of the Young Global Leaders at the World Economic Forum. He plays a Stradivarius “ex Liebig” from 1704. 

Sarah McElravy — viola

The Canadian Sarah McElravy plays both the violin and the viola. Alongside her solo career, which has included working with the Bavarian Radio Orchestra, the Moscow Soloists conducted by Yuri Bashmet and her very rewarding collaboration with the violinist and conductor Julian Rachlin, she is also a prominent chamber musician.

She has worked with Janine Jansen, Vilde Frang, Itamar Golan, Mischa Maisky and Daniel Müller-Schott. Her Linden String Quartet was successful at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and was awarded a residency at Yale University. Sarah McElravy has performed before audiences at the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris, Vienna’s Musikverein and at prestigious festivals — the International Chamber Music Festival in Utrecht, La Folle Journée in Japan and the Turku Music Festival in Finland.

In 2014 she founded the Chamber Music Society Mexico, which in addition to concerts also organizes educational programmes of talented young Mexican musicians. 

Sarah McElravy, credit: Julia Wesely
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