Le Salon de musique

Mozart, Beethoven, Dobrzyński:
String Quintets and Sextets

Thursday 18. 07. 2024 | 19.00 Strahov Monastery
Summer Refectory
Strahovské nádvoří 1/132, Praha 1
With intermission


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756–1791)
Ouverture (Le nozze di Figaro)
Non più andrai (Le nozze di Figaro)
Period transcription by Kajetán Vogl for string quintet.
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827)
Sonata in F major, op. 5, No. 1
Period transcription by Ferdinand Ries for string quintet.
Ignacy Feliks Dobrzyński (1807–1867)
String Sextet in E flat major, op. 39


Bartłomiej Fraś, Vida Bobin-Sokołowska – violin
Dominik Dębski, Andreas Torgersen (as a guest) – viola
Bartosz Kokosza – cello
Janusz Musiał – double bass
(period instruments)


“My Prague people understand me...,” famously boasted Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart of his Czech audience. Transcriptions and paraphrases from the pens of Czech composers, intended for performance in music salons, also served to popularise the works of this peerless genius and visionary. For example, the arrangement of The Marriage of Figaro for string quintet was very likely performed in the castles of the Clam-Gallas family. And it was from a manuscript from the Frýdlant Count’s library that the Polish cellist Jarosław Thiel chose two pieces for the concert at Strahov Monastery.
Under his artistic direction, the soloists of the Wrocław Baroque Orchestra will perform a quintet by another unrivalled great – Ludwig van Beethoven. The highlight of the programme will be a string sextet composed by a representative of Polish musical romanticism, Ignacy Feliks Dobrzyński. Critics of the time wrote that the composition “is one of the best works of its kind”! The composition, interwoven with national elements, takes full advantage of the sound and technical possibilities of the instruments and its brilliant finale gives all the musicians the opportunity to showcase their virtuosity.


Strahov Monastery

Summer Refectory
Strahovské nádvoří 1/132, Praha 1

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Partners of the concert

The concert is held with the financial support of the Polish Institute in Prague and with the kind support of the Royal Canonry of Premonstratensians at Strahov.