Bach. Popper. Rossini

Lobkowicz Palace
Jiřská 2/3, 119 00 Praha 1

Concert from the donor series.

The price of a season ticket for the whole season is 28 000 CZK including VAT.

The price of a ticket for one evening is 10 000 CZK including VAT.

For further information and booking please contact:

Kateřina Kalistová
M +420 602 212 829

artistic leader
František Xaver Richter
Adagio and Fugue in G minor
Johann Sebastian Bach
‘Air’ from Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV 1068
Gioacchino Rossini
String Sonata No. 3 in C major
Niccolò Paganini
Variations on a Theme from Gioachino Rossini's Moses in Egypt
Béla Bartók
Romanian Folk Dances Sz. 68, BB 76
David Popper
Hungarian Rhapsody, Op. 68

Evening Programme

18:00    Welcome drink and the exhibition tour 

18:30    Stories from the Arts — the curators of the Lobkowicz Music Collection reveal its treasures through enthralling story-telling 

19:00    Concert in Imperial Hall

20:15    Meeting with soloists and orchestra over a glass of wine with refreshments prepared by the chef of the Lobkowicz Palace

"Jamal Aliyev possesses an enviable technique and a rich and broad repertoire, which he approaches with careful thought and openness." 

The opening concert of the PKF — LOBKOWICZ series will take us through Europe from the late Baroque to the end of the 19th century. We will hear works hardly ever played, as well as some very well-known pieces in unique interpretations by cellist Jamal Aliyev. The most famous ‘hit’ he has prepared for the evening is the ‘Air’ from Johann Sebastian Bach's Orchestral Suite No. 3, which will be given a worthy introduction by František Xaver Richter. It was Richter, the now almost forgotten native of Moravia who worked, among other places, in Mannheim, and became an important link in the symphonic transition from the late Baroque era to Classicism and was considered one of the leading contrapuntist and composers of sacred music in his time. 

Opera of the early 19th century is closely linked to the work of Gioacchino Rossini. The melodicism of his comic operas also features in his instrumental works, as for example in the finale of the String Sonata No. 3, which Rossini composed at the age of twelve. Rossini, specifically his Mosè in Egito, inspired Niccolò Paganini in his virtuoso variations, sometimes called Mosè-fantasia.  

The concert will end with Romanian and Hungarian folk melodies. From the work of the famous Hungarian folklorist Béla Bartók, we will hear Transylvanian melodies from Romanian Folk Dances, and from the work of the composer and cellist David Popper, the Hungarian Rhapsody. Popper was born in Prague, where he also studied at the conservatoire in the mid-19th century, but later took Hungarian citizenship. Popper's compositions are not often performed today, and they are generally only known in cello circles.

Jamal Aliyev, named one of the top thirty young artists in the world in 2021 by the UK’s Classic FM, made his solo debut at the BBC Proms in 2017, the same year he won The Arts Club — Sir Karl Jenkins Music Award, which is given to the most talented young musicians working in Great Britain. He and his mentor, acclaimed pianist Fazil Say, recorded an album entitled Hayat Ağacı (Tree of Life) in 2022.

The Azerbaijani cellist has already been recognised by classical music lovers in Australia, the USA, across Europe and in Hong Kong and South America.

A graduate from the Yehudi Menuhin School, he has appeared in numerous concerts with conductor Karl Jenkins and the London Concert Orchestra, and regularly performs with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. He is close to traditional Turkish music and enjoys playing Turkish folk instruments.

The subscription for 1 person costs 28,000 CZK (including VAT)

The subscription covers all four concerts, a reserved seat in the hall and entry to all parts of the evening. The subscription is transferable.

By purchasing a subscription, you support the PKF — Prague Philharmonia orchestra.

We will issue you a donation receipt for part of the subscription cost. We also offer the possibility of advertising for companies.

For further information and reservations please contact:

Kateřina Kalistová
Director of PKF — Prague Philharmonia

Phone +420 602 212 829

Dana Syrová
Director of the PKF — LOBKOWICZ Series

Phone +420 724 245 372


With support
Hl.město Praha
Ministerstvo kultury
General partner
Komerční banka
Principal partner
General media partner
Česká televize
Principal media partner
Hospodářské noviny
Centrální depozitář cenných papírů
Mozart Prague