Chamber concert offer
In 2004 we commemorated the 100th anniversary of the death of Antonín Dvořák and 150 years since the birth of Leoš Janáček. To mark such an occasion, the Amneris organised a concert programme incorporating the works of these Czech musical greats. The programme focused on the most popular works produced by these composers which arose from an inexhaustible casket of folk music and thanks to which Czech music enjoys credit and fame all over the world. We put on two chamber concerts:
Antonín Dvořák
Love songs
Gypsy melodies
Moravian duets
Four duets
The music of Dvořák stands out for its amazing musical inventiveness which was like nothing else you could hear at the time. Dvořák grabbed the attention of the entire musical world. All of the delicate lyrical forms which occasionally emerged brim over with a certain novel charm. Love songs is a cycle which displays the sensitive world of "a love-lorn youth" as the composer himself writes in the manuscript to his publisher, in the Gypsy melodies based on the texts of the poet Adolf Heyduk, the composer emphasised his unrestrained longing for fancy -free life in the outdoors. Here they sing about the kind of gypsy love and longing which are universally relevant and significant for us all. Perhaps the most well-known song in this cycle is "When my old mother raised me" which found its way onto the highest rungs of world popularity.
Moravian duets (cycle for soprano, alto and piano) draw popularity due to their unbelievably attractive musical inventiveness. Dvořák, led by his genius intuition, impressed us with his melodious folk colouring and applied in them the essential elements of Moravian Folk Music.
Leoš Janáček
Moravian Folk Verse
On the Overgrown Path (In the Mists)
Diary of One Who Disappeared
Janáček's work is characterised by the fact that it was developed through close contact with folk music composed in Moravia. Janáček was a passionate collector of folk songs and his theoretical work in this area ranks among some of the best in Czech literature. He noted down and modified a whole range of folk songs. A typical example of this is his cycle of Moravian folk verse which Janáček embellished with a piano accompaniment and which, due to its simplicity, ranks among the most popular works of Czech song literature. The piano cycle On the Overgrown Path and In the Mists unveils some of most personal piano works by Leoš Janáček. The formation of these delicate compositions reflects the uncertainity and pain inside the person.
Diary of One Who Disappeared is a small cantata for piano, tenor alto and three female voices. This classic song monodrama as it is known today captivates especially due to its legendary inspirational source which has been delved into so much: In one little East-Moravian village, a hardworking and orderly peasant son, the apple of his parents eyes, disappeared. He fell madly in love with a fiery gypsy girl, couldn't resist her compelling appeal and finally decided in a most honourable manner to run away with her and their child, never to return. Several days later a diary was found in the young boy's closet containing 23 poems which he had written for solace. The verses were printed by Lidové noviny as the works of an anonymous author and gave Janáček the inspiration to write his works which rank among the world elite in terms of vocal compositions.
The distinctive style of Janáček's manifestation, the raciness of his musical language and most of all the unusual sensitive strength which infiltrates his entire work turned the author into one of the greatest composers of the 20th century.