Date(s) - 17/07/2015 - 18/07/2015
Prince Mahidol Hall
Are you interested in a musical journey through a small but one of the most soulful areas of music in Europe?
The Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra (TPO) under the baton of the Chief Conductor Gudni A. Emilsson together with the world renowned Czech Cellist Tomas Strasil invite you to be part of a deeply emotional, atmospheric and diversified trip.
Before you arrive in Europe we recommend you to “Escaping”, a world premiere of a composition by the American composer James J. Ogburn. What does the title exactly mean? Let us surprise you!
TPO then presents the seldom staged Cello Concerto No. 1 H 196 by Bohislav Martinu (1890-1959). The first version was composed in 1930 when Martinu was living in Paris and later revised the concerto in 1955.
Coincidentally, both Bohuslav Martinu and the soloist Tomas Strasil are influenced by the Prague Conservatory. B. Martinu became a violin student in 1906 at the Conservatory but he was dismissed in 1910 for “incorrigible negligence”. He was more interested in exploring and learning on his own by reading books, attending concerts and exploring Prague. About 80 years later T. Strasil was also a student at Prague Conservatory. In contrast to Martinu, Strasil became a Professor for Violoncello in year 2000 at the Conservatory. The compositions of Martinu are generally biased on Czech folk music. The cello concerto is a mirror of the Czech soul with all facets of life.
Another great highlight of the program is Gustav Mahler’s heart-rending Symphony No.4 in G Major with soprano solo in last movement. Mahler himself directed the world premiere in 1901 in Munich. Although the symphony failed at that time Mahler has characterized it as one of his best work. At present, it’s an essential part of repertoire for Symphony Orchestras worldwide.
Mahler’s sensational ability to transform deep human emotions into awesome melodies and chords will bring you to a world between idyll and chaos. Mahler philosophize about valediction and the transition from earth to heaven in this symphony. Enjoy the emotional journey to the European soul and philosophy of the last century.
Friday, July 17, 2015 / 7.00 p.m. (Pre-concert Talk 6.15 p.m.)
Saturday, July 18, 2015 / 4.00 p.m. (Pre-concert Talk 3.15 p.m.)
Prince Mahidol Hall, Mahidol University, Salaya (http://mahidol.ac.th/princemahidolhall)
Conductor: Gudni A. Emilsson
Soloist: Tomas Strasil, Cello
Guest Soloist: Sasinee Aswajesdakul, Voice
James J. Ogburn: Escaping (World Premiere)
Bohuslav Martinu: Cello Concerto No.1 H 196
Gustav Mahler: Symphony No.4 in G Major
Tickets Price: 500, 300 Baht (100 Baht for students up to bachelor’s degree)
Ticket reservations: 02-849-6565/6 ext. 6603, 6609 or 02-262-3456
More information: www.thailandphil.com
Salaya Link shuttle bus schedule (Bangwa-Salaya): http://www.music.mahidol.ac.th/salayalink