Episode #563

The Czech Nonet

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Sunday, March 27, 2011

The Czech Nonet The Czech Nonet

Now celebrating its 80th year, the Czech Nonet makes a visit to Saint Paul Sunday for a program that includes three works composed especially for its uncommon recipe of winds and strings. The legendary ensemble's longstanding alliance with composers has inspired some of chamber music's greatest works. We'll get tastes this week of Förster and Krejčí side-by-side with fuller courses of Dvořák and Martinů.

The latter holds special significance for the ensemble and echoes an expansiveness typical of Martinů's music. Each day as a sickly young child, the composer's father, a watchman, carried him up 193 steps to the top of their village tower. Years later Martinů wrote that this sense of space was to become central to his music—"space which I always have in front of me."

Program Details

Josef Bohuslav Förster: Nonetto, Op. 147
—I. Allegro

Bohuslav Martinů: Nonet for Violin, Viola, Cello, Doublebass, Flute, Clarinet, Oboe, Bassoon and Horn (1930)

Iša František Krejčí: Divertimento (1937)
—II. Aria: Allegretto poco moderato;
—I. Introducke: Molto Allegro

Antonín Dvořák: Serenade in d minor, Op. 44
—I. Moderato. Quasi Marcia. 4’
—II. Minuetto 6’
—IV. Finale. Allegro molto 6’

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