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Programme 2011


12th international music festival

22 July – 8 August 2011


Who would think of celebration without music! All along the human history, in all cultures throughout the world, music has been an intrinsic part of various secular as well as religious festivals and ceremonies. In the programme of the 2011 festival, this essential function of music is highlighted with special emphasis on the renaissance and baroque period.

Seven festival programmes offer a varied assortment of typical court and liturgical feste recreated through themes such as Spanish renaissance music at the time of the Crown of Aragon, the influence of the 18th-century Venetian compositional styles on musicians working at the courts in Vienna and Dresden, Marian devotion at the 16th-century Burgundian court, or Louis XIV’s court festivities in Versailles. One of the programmes will take us to the colonial Latin America, yet another will introduce the recently discovered 19th-century relative of the recorder, the brilliant csakan.

One of the prerogatives of the festival is the emphasis placed on the choice of stylistically relevant, historical venues, such as the Troja Chateau, the Břevnov Monastery or St. Agnes Cloister and various attractive locations at the Prague Castle.


On the Wings of the Lion
Venetian music at the courts of Dresden, Vienna and Brunswick
Friday 22 July 2011, 7.30 pm
The Ball-Game Hall of the Prague Castle
Dorothee Mields
– soprano
Musica Fiata (Germany)
Roland Wilson – artistic director


Música de Palacio
Spanish Renaissance Music at the time of the Crown of Aragon
Monday 25 July 2011, 7.30 pm
The Rudolph Gallery at the Prague Castle
Capella de Ministrers
Carles Magraner – violes, artistic director


Festa Liturgica
Pierre de La Rue, Polyphonic Marian Mass and Vesper for the Court of Burgundy
Wednesday 27 July 2011, 8.00 pm
Former Convent of St. Agnes of Bohemia, Anežská 12, Praha 1
Capilla Flamenca
Dirk Snellings – artistic director


Barroco Latinoamericano
Spanish Influences in 18th-Century Peruvian Music
Monday 1 August 2011, 8.00 pm
Zámek Troja, U Trojského zámku 1, Praha 7
Música Temprana (Netherlands)
Adrián Rodríguez Van der Spoel – baroque guitars, voice, percussion, artistic director


Dulce novumque melos
Celebratory Motets and Virtuoso Music from Roman and Venetian Churches

Wednesday 3 August 2011, 7.30 pm
Former Convent of St. Agnes of Bohemia, Anežská 12, Praha 1
Doron Sherwin
– cornetto
Barbara Maria Willi – harpsichord, organ


Music for a Biedermeier Salon

E. Krähmer, C. Kreutzer, W. A. Mozart, J. Strauss
Thursday 4 August 2011, 8.00 pm
Břevnov Monastery, Teresian Hall, Markétská 1, Praha 6
Laterna Magica (Belgium, Wallonia-Brussels)
Nathalie Houtman, Laura Pok – csakan
Raphaël Collignon – fortepiano


Entrée du Roy!
Versailles of Louis XIV – arias from ballets and operas by J.-B. Lully and a pastoral cantata by J.-B. Stuck
Monday 8 August 2011, 7.30 pm
The Spanish Hall of the Prague Castle
Jean-François Novelli
– tenor
Arnaud Marzorati – baritone  
Les Lunaisiens (France)
Arena Musicale – historical oboes ensemble in the style of the “Grand Ecurie du roy”
Collegium Marianum – orchestra in the style of the king’s “La petite bande”