For the 2014 Leicester International Music Festival, Artistic Director Nicholas Daniel writes, 'I have decided to focus on the music of what is now known as the Czech Republic. Featured composers include some surprising names as well as the famous Smetana, Janacek and Dvorak. Mahler, Biber, Hummel, Krommer, Stamitz (who was hugely influential in the development of the symphony) all had roots in this highly musical part of the world. The Czechs really cherish their composers and their musical past.
The Festival aims to show the huge range and depth of Czech composers and their music, with a special focus on Dvorak, whose chamber music has such a pleasing mix of the dramatic and lyrical as well as perhaps the most natural integration of folk style of any composer.
You will find Janacek of course, a little Martinu, Gideon Klein, Pavel Haas (whose Suite is one of the most powerful pieces I play), Misek, Erwin Schulhoff, and Suk. I have included two short pieces from Lukas Sommer, a very fine young Czech composer I came across a while ago, who will be present at the Festival. I am also featuring Biber, a composer from earlier times (NOT Justin!!), whose Passacaglia for solo violin I have completely fallen in love with.
We welcome some new faces to the Festival Ensemble this year as well as some old friends*. They are amongst the finest musicians I know. We are expecting great things of the renovated Art Gallery at New Walk Museum, and will be so happy to be 'home' again after two years away.'
* Performers at this year's festival include Catherine Leonard and Marina Chiche (violins), Philip Dukes (viola), Guy Johnston (cello), Zoran Markovic (double bass), Emer McDonough (flute), Nicholas Daniel (oboe), Chen Halevi (clarinet), Bram van Sambeek (bassoon), Martin Owen (horn), and Charles Owen and Katya Apekisheva (piano).
- Czardas for clarinet and piano
- Krystof Maratka ()
- Concertino for piano, 2 violins, viola, clarinet, horn and bassoon
- Leoš Janácek (1854-1928)
- Piano Quartet in A minor
- Josef Suk (1874-1935)
- Divertissement for Oboe, Clarinet and Bassoon
- Erwin Schulhoff (1894-1942)
- Quartet for Piano and Strings No 2 in E flat major
- Antonín Dvorák (1841-1904)