Haas: Quintet, Op. 10
Janáček: Mládí (Youth)
Janáček: Suite from The Cunning Little Vixen
Suk: Meditation on an old Czech hymn (St Wenceslas)
Smetana: Quartet in Em (From my life)
Česká Noc (Czech Night) offers you two of the finest ensembles from Czechia. Musically, we should perhaps say Moravian, Bohemian and Czechoslovakian Night, as these lands have a complicated history of occupation and independence, and the music on offer takes you from their days as part of the Hapsburg Empire (when Suk’s Meditation was an act of musical rebellion) to the Nazi occupation when a generation of fine musicians (including Haas) were among the many murdered. For all its historical complexity, this music is powerful, distinctive and resilient, and makes for an ebullient, rich and joyful evening.
Belfiato Wind Quintet also perform Reicha in Meetings with Great Composers 2