Gallant Conversations

Georg Philipp Telemann and the French Style

Wednesday 02.08.2017 | 19:00 Lobkowicz Palace
Imperial Hall
Jiřská 3/1, Pražský hrad, Praha 1 - Hradčany, 110 00


Georg Philipp Telemann (1681–1767)
Fantasy for Flute Solo
Trio in A Minor for Flute, Viola da Gamba and Basso Continuo
Fantasy for Violin solo
Fantasy in D Minor for Viola da Gamba solo
Fantasy for Harpsichord solo
Paris Quartet No. 6 in E Minor
Louis-Gabriel Guillemain (1705–1770)
Sonate en Quatuor ou Conversations Galantes et amusantes
Jean-Joseph Cassanéa de Mondonville (1711–1772)
Trio Sonata in E Minor for Flute, Violin and Basso Continuo


Michael Schmidt-Casdorff – flauto traverso
Pavel Serbin – bass viol, Baroque cello
Felix Stross – Baroque cello
Christine Schornsheim (as guest) – harpsichord


The stately Lobkowicz Palace has witnessed some dramatic historical events. In 1618, for example, its then owner, Polyxena of Pernštejn, offered shelter to the Catholic imperial ministers who had been thrown out of the windows of the neighbouring Royal Palace by an enraged crowd of Protestant rebels during one of the infamous Prague defenestrations. But for the last 400 years, the palace has been mostly the place of coming together and cultivated dialogue, disregarding the often troublous times.


It is therefore only fitting that on 2 August it hosted a programme entitled Gallant Conversations in which the German composer Georg Philipp Telemann met his French admirers and successors, Louis-Gabriel Guillemain and Jean-Joseph Cassanéa de Mondonville who were swept off their feet by the beauty of his Parisian Quartets. Members of Hofkapelle München, led by the brilliant violinist Rüdiger Lotter, showed how deep their fascination must have been.


Lobkowicz Palace

Imperial Hall
Jiřská 3/1, Pražský hrad, Praha 1 - Hradčany, 110 00

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Partners of the concert

With the kind support of the Deutsch-Tschechischer Zukunftsfonds and in collaboration with Lobkowicz Events Management.