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A Voice Light as a Butterfly
Lidové noviny, 9. 8. 2017, Helena Havlíková
Even in as it has concluded its 18th edition, the international music festival has once more confirmed its main prerogatives: ingenuine programming in combination with brilliant performance.

 

The Eternal Light of the Sun King. The Summer Festivities of Early Music Have Started in Prague
Opera PLUS, 12. 7. 2017, Eva Polívková Bublová
On Tuesday 1 July 2017, the 18th Summer Festivities of Early Music have started at the Sts Simon and Jude Church. The opening festive performance was entitled King of Heavens and introduced a large international cast and original programme, including two modern world premieres.

 

Musical Excursion into the Versailles Salon of Maria Josepha of Saxony
Opera PLUS, 1. 8. 2017, Karel Veverka
The organizers of the Summer Festivities of Early Music have shown they have much to offer to their public. An original dramaturgy of the festival in combination with foremost performers have suggested that this festival would certainly merit more attention and also resources for the preparation and realization of more such exquisite programmes in the future.

 

Under the Baton of the Summer Festivities of Early Music, Prague Will Turn into Versailles
Lidové noviny, 26. 6. 2017, Helena Havlíková
The Collegium Marianum ensemble has worked its way among the foremost European ensembles of this specialization and the Summer Festivities of Early Music have become a guarantee of wonderful music experiences enhanced by the beauty of the architecture in which they take place.

 

Prague and Brno Ambitions
Časopis Harmonie, 5. 7. 2017, Luboš Stehlík
Prague […] has, for example, a unique festival of pre-Romantic music – Summer Festivities of Early Music. Even with a critical eye, I must admit that it is a remarkable undertaking which has no rival among Prague festivals […] It is safe to claim that whichever performance from their programme offer you will choose, you will not be disappointed. You must, however, be prepared, i.e. come with an open mind and ear. The well thought-out programme of the festival is far from the easy programming of the “concerts for tourists” with only Mozart and Vivaldi to be heard.

 

The Dancing King and Floating Gondolas. A Festival Full of Ideas Has Just Begun
www.idnes.cz, 13. 7. 2016, Věra Drápelová
Prague is a sad place in the Summer, at least for a music lover […] The Summer Festivities of Early Music are the only event in this period based on a thought-out concept. […] Each year, the festival takes a lot of care looking for new themes, connections, and performers.

 

The Summer Festivities of Early Music Have Again Unearthed Hidden Treasures
Lidové noviny, 5. 8. 2016, Helena Havlíková
The Summer Festivities of Early Music deserve to be appreciated also for the fact that their organizers have invited international ensembles and soloists thanks to whom it is possible to consider the local specialists in historical performance as part of a broadening international context of artists who still manage to find and rediscover new gems in the great amount of music preserved and forgotten in archives.

 

Summer Festivities of Early Music Organizes a Trip to Venice, Troja Chateau and Spanish Hall Are on the Route
Hospodářské noviny, 13. 7. 2016, Frank Kuznik
During the seventeen years of their existence, the Summer Festivities of Early Music have disproved the idea that it is impossible to organize a serious musical festival (i.e. other than intended for tourists) during the summer season in Prague. Also, their prestige has grown: the performers of this year’s festival are so distinguished that any other important European festival of Early Music would be happy to host them.

 

The Festival Keeps Aiming High, Despite Avoiding Fireworks and Vivaldi’s Four Seasons
MF DNES, 5. 8. 2016, Věra Drápelová
The festival offers original programming with a specific binding theme and is thus a marked, refreshing presence on the parched cultural map of the city in the summer […] this relatively narrowly profiled project is the only quality music festival which takes place in Prague in this period.

Goddesses, Women, and Nymphs
Lidové noviny, 27. 6. 2015, Helena Havlíková
The programme of the festival, as erudite and refreshing as has become a tradition with the Summer Festivities of Early Music, discovers for the listeners ever “new” treasures of medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque music, together with their reflections in contemporary musical performance. Another prerogative and constant “bonus” of this cultural event has been the choice of venues so that they would correspond with the milieus which witnessed the performed music when it was first composed.

 

Royal Music on Women and Muses; Under the Influence of the Full Moon
MF DNES, 22. 7. 2015, Věra Drápelová
The classical music offer in the summer Prague is traditionally dominated by the Summer Festivities of Early Music. This is due to their ever innovative, attractive programming and the high quality of performance by musicians from various countries abroad.

Praise for the Summer Festivities of Early Music
Lidové noviny, 16. 7. 2014, Jana Machalická
Summer Festivities of Early Music are a project whose specialization and original programming are unparalleled in this country. Each year the programme leaves us astounded at the ever new themes, the brilliant musicians from all over Europe, and the inventiveness of the organizers who are still able to come up with new historical spaces suitable for concerts.

 

Early Music is not Old. Summer Festivities of Early Music Have Shown how Broad the Concept of the Genre Can Be
Lidové noviny, 8. 8. 2014, Helena Havlíková
The Summer Festivities of Early Music have created and held over the past fifteen years a stable position on the Prague festival map in the summer, counting among the most prestigious festivals in this country. The visitors know that they can rely on the high quality of performance and programming. All the festival projects, which have taken place in carefully chosen historical venues, were more than well attended.

Enchanting Night Prayers
Lidové noviny, 23. 7. 2014, Helena Havlíková
To bring historical music back to life and to show diverse ways in which it can be done. That is the goal of the Summer Festivities of Early Music international music festival.

Summer Festivities of Early Music will Offer Music for the Altar as well as Music for the Coronation of Charles VI
Art. ihned.cz, 14. 7. 2014, Frank Kuznik
Summer Festivities of Early Music are one of the prominent festivals in this country. Among its highlights are the diverse and thought-out programming and the choice of historical venues in which music of historical significance is performed.

The Inventiveness of the Summer Festivities of Early Music has No Limits
Mladá fronta DNES, 28. 7. 2014, Věra Drápelová
The summer menu of classical music in Prague is not particularly nourishing. The artistic part of the city is thus saved solely by the Summer Festivities of Early Music. The festival might seem to be a highly specialized event, some of its concerts, however, would be well received at some of the highly popular multi-genre festivals.

Summer Festivities of Early Music will Offer Music for the Altar as well as Music for the Coronation of Charles VI
Art. ihned.cz, 14. 7. 2014, Frank Kuznik
Although the 15th edition of the Summer Festivities of Early Music does not commence till Monday, in a sense it started this March when its director, Ms. Markéta Semerádová, received an honorary title of the French Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. The French government has bestowed the title of Chevalier on Ms. Semerádová for her merit in the presentation of French baroque culture in the Czech Republic:  upon her invitation, the festival has hosted world-renowned artists and vocal soloists such as Philippe Jaroussky, Claire Lefilliâtre, and Jean-François Novelli.

Music from Eternal Rome in Prague
Lidové noviny, 23. 7. 2013, Helena Havlíková
[…] The traditional “bonus”, which makes the festival unique among local, but also European festivals, is the choice of venues. These are selected so that their acoustic and aesthetic qualities correspond with those of the spaces in which the music was played at the time of its origin. Concerts are situated in St. Agnes Cloister and Břevnov Monastery, but also in Troja Chateau just outside Prague, and in various halls of the famous Prague Castle. […]  

Summer Festivities of Early Music Retain their Top Qualities
Lidové noviny, 29. 7. 2013, Jindřich Bálek
[…] Summer Festivities of Early Music have again confirmed its exceptionally high qualities. This year, under the title Roma Aeterna, they have been mapping a large part of Roman musical history. The opening concert on 18 July already offered an unsurpassable performance of Baroque oratorios, a genre whose unique tradition was started in Rome. […]  

Summer Festivities of Early Music: Theatrum sacrum, Cappela Sistina, Spinato intorno al cor
Opera PLUS, 26. 7. 2013, Helena Havlíková
[…] Seven concerts with inventive programming, which has become a rule with the festival, will take the listeners through four centuries of music of the “Eternal City” of Rome, but will also place its key historical moments in the context of the impact that Rome and its composers had on music everywhere in the Renaissance and Baroque Europe. […]

Euskalbarrokensemble in Troja Chateau
www.remy-martin.cz, 1. 8. 2013, Rémy Martin
[…] It is to be stated as a fact that Summer Festivities of Early Music are one of the most interesting music festivals in this country. The uniqueness of the undertaking lies in the specific genre focus and brilliant programming. […]

Ensemble Unicorn at the New-Town Hall
Svatava Barančicová, Opera PLUS, 3 August 2012
[…] A key characteristic of the festival is an elaborate programming that includes an inventive choice of venues, appropriate pertaining to the particular music period or style. Often, these are even halls where concerts do not normally take place. That is another inventive function of the festival. […]

When Early Music Serves as No Mere Tourist Trap
Věra Drápelová, Mladá fronta Dnes, 7 August 2012
[…] Just as in the previous years, a single look into the programme brochure packed with erudition and information has been enough to prove that serious approach to music perfomance and production is paramount. The organizers have persistently relied on inventive programming, this year revolving around the keynote of Metamorphosis. Each festival night was a special occasion in its own right.  […]

Old Masters Split Their Sides with Laughter
Hospodářské noviny, 1. 8. 2012, Šárka Mrázová
[…] The programme of the 13th Summer Festivities of Early Music has been no let-down. The festival operates with the rather limited budget (in comparison with other, similar undertakings) of four millions CZK. Still, every summer it has attracted audiences with its innovative, elaborate dramaturgy. This year’s theme, Metamorphosis, has referred among others to the element of continuing transformation in the history of Western culture.  […]

Delicate Rendez-Vous with Early Music
Věra Drápelová, 23 July 2011, MF Dnes
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Summer Festivities of Early Music have confirmed again that they will benefit from ingeious and revealing programming and excellent performers. […]

Prague Audience Excited by Spanish Early Music
Vít Dvořák, 26 July 2011, Opera PLUS

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Shouts and enthusiastic whistling closed the second night of this year’s  Summer Festivities of Early Music. […]

The Summer Festivities of Early Music Offer a Sophisticated but Attractive Programme
Věra Drápelová, 26 July 2010, MF Dnes

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Inventiveness, erudition, high performance standard and attractiveness, all these aspects have been combined in the programming of Summer Festivities of Early Music in the past years. […]

When even the Slightest Movement of the Little Finger Matters
Jana Machalická, 10 August 2010

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The French artists performed their ballet stroll across the 18th-century Europe with wit, grace and brilliant technique. […]

Venice Came Back to Life in Rudolfinum
Věra Drápelová, 13 August 2009, MF Dnes
[…] It was wonderful ending of originally conceived music festival, which offered number of high quality performances and dramaturgical idea. […]

Prague Audience Impressed by Jaroussky
Petr Veber, 20 August 2008, Hospodářské noviny
[…] French countertenor Philippe Jaroussky jewelled Summer Festivities of Early Music. The last concert of this year Prague festivaled proved the legitimacy of its artistic ambitions. […]

 

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