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We haven´t seen such success for a long time! (Garmisch-Partenkirchen & Region)


The Czech National Symphony Orchestra presented the famous pieces in sold-out Congress Hall. There has not been a full house in the Congress Hall in Garmish-Partenkirchen during concert series for a long time. The program including compositions by Antonín Dvořák and Bedřich Smetana seems to be the reason that attracted the audience very much.

Above all Dvořák´s cello concerto definitely belongs to the key works of the composer. Conductor Petr Altrichter was leading the orchestra with pathos and empathy. Not least, the soloist Jan Vogler affirmed that the concerto was one of the highlights of the whole evening. A question arises, what particularly Czech is in this composition? The composition dated from 1894 in New York is softer, less colorful and darker in its sound. Not in style of Wagner it depicts yearning for peace and reconciliation with the past. On the other hand, what inspired Smetana was the momentary triumph which suddenly disappears.

The symphonic poem Moldau which became a sort of hymn for the Czechs,  is a perfect example of this fact. The piece describes the river´s flow in ten pictures as far as its confluence with the Elbe river. The opening motive of flutes and clarinets pictures the riverheads. As the streams meet, the strings join in sequence before the main theme resounds. After the two more poems from Smetana´s Má Vlast and the encore (of course Smetana again) there was an outbreak of roaring applause.

Andreas Röder