by the Antonín
on the occasion of the 100th
anniversary of the death of Antonín Dvořák
Čeňek Pavlík – violin
Evžen Rattay – violoncello
František Malý – piano
Program of the concert:
L. van Beethoven - The Piano Trio in D major "Ghost", op. 70
A. Dvořák: The Piano Trio "Dumky", op. 90 - digest
The chamber concert takes place on the 11th of September
in the Bohuslav Martinů Hall in the Lichtenstein Palace located in the
Prague Lesser Town in underneath The Prague Castle.
The Antonín Dvořák Trio
The Antonín Dvořák
Trio has been founded in 1988 by three soloists mentioned above. In the last 15
years, there were some personal changes. They have become artists with rich
international experience both in solo and chamber music. Apart from the rich
concert activities at home as well as abroad (Austria, Germany, Spain, etc.), the Antonín Dvořák Trio is often seen in recording studios. Its
wide repertoire includes all important works of trio literature starting with Vienna classic and ending with the music of the 20th
century, but the entire musical work by Antonín Dvořák, and Czech music in general, have a special
place in it. The ensemble is trying to continue in its work the special
tradition of Czech chamber music and to cultivate the high quality of Czech
interpretation art certified in the past. And the trio carries the inspiring
name of a towering genius of Czech music whose chamber music is famous all over
The pianist, František Malý, graduate of Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, has won the international contests of F.
Busoni in Bolzano (Italy), Marguerite Long in Paris (1969 and 1973) and Ettore Pozzoli in Seregno
(Italy). Apart from soloist activities he is also
actively interested in chamber music in co-operation with renowned interprets.
As a soloist and chamber player he visited a number of European countries and USA, Canada, Japan. He records for the radio and co-operates with
recording companies. He is also a teacher at The Music Faculty of The Academy
of Performing Arts.
Evžen Rattay is a
graduate of Academy
of Performing Arts in Prague. He toured over the world with The Talich
Quartet, performed on more than 3000 concerts and recorded many music master
pieces, including Beethoven, Mozart, Janáček, Smetana and Bartók complete
string quartets. In recent years Evžen
has been devoting more time to his soloist career. He performed through Europe (including London Wigmore Hall) and Japan (Suntory Hall). For French Company Calliope
Evžen recorded the complete Beethoven sonatas and variations, and the complete
suites by J. S. Bach. He also recorded complete Vivaldi sonatas. Beside the
common cello repertoire Evžen has also be accompanied by non-traditional
instruments and arranged some famous pieces for such music ensembles. Some of
these works are available on CDs, Best of Cello and Cello Party.
Čeňek Pavlík is
one of the leading soloists of his generation of Czech violinists. He studied
at The Academy of Performing Arts and in Zurich under Nathan Milstein. He was the first prize
winner at international competitions in London and in Prague and at the age of 20 he performed the Bach
Double Violin Concerto with Henryk Szeryng.
Antonín Dvořák, born in a Bohemian village, where
his father was an inn-keeper and butcher, followed Smetana
as the leading exponent of Czech musical nationalism, firmly within the
classical traditions of Central Europe. His early musical training was followed by employment for some years
as a violist, for a time under Smetana, and then,
with the positive encouragement of Brahms, by a life primarily devoted to
composition. Dvořák won recognition abroad and
rather more grudging acceptance in Vienna. Between 1892 and 1895 he spent
some time in the United States of America as director of the new National
Conservatory, a period that brought compositions that combine American and
Bohemian influence. At home again he was much honoured,
resisting invitations from Brahms to move to Vienna in favour
of a simple life in his own country. He died in 1904, shortly after the first
performances of his last opera, Armida.
Dvořák left fourteen string quartets, of which the
best known is the so-called American Quartet, No. 12 in F Major, written in
1893, the year of the Symphony from the New World. The composition of Quartets Nos.
13 and 14, in 1895, seems to have taken place over the same period. From the
American period comes the G major Sonatina for violin
and piano, its second movement sometimes known as Indian Lament. Of the four
surviving piano trios the fourth, nick-named the Dumky
because of its use of a Bohemian national dance-form is the best known, closely
rivaled in popularity by the third. Dvořák's
quintets for piano and strings or strings alone offer further pleasure, with
the String Sextet and the charming Terzetto for two
violins and viola.