Prager Philharmonischer Chor

The Prague Philharmonic Choir (PPC) is a leading European vocal ensemble, and as one of the Czech Republic´s foremost artistic institutions operates un­der the trusteeship of the Czech Ministry of Culture. In the course of the choir´s long history since its foundation in 1935, it has been directed by a suc­cession of some of the most distinguished Czech choirmasters (including among others Jan Kühn, Jo­sef Veselka). Since 2007 its principal conductor has been Lukáš Vasilek.

The PPC´s repertoire is centered primarily around oratorio and cantata works. In their presentation, the choir has worked with eminent international orchestras (e.g. the Czech Philharmonic, the Israel Philharmonic, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Staatskapelle Dresden or Wiener Symphoniker, among others), and conductors (including Daniel Barenboim, Semyon Bychkov, Christoph Eschen­bach, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Manfred Honeck, Jakub Hrůša, Philippe Jordan, Fabio Luisi, Zubin Mehta, Tomáš Netopil, Gianandrea Noseda, sir Simon Rattle). As the choir in residence at the opera festi­val of Bregenz, Austria, the PPC is likewise active in the domain of opera.

Apart from these commitments, the PPC engages in a number of its own projects. Since 2011 it has organized its own concert series in Prague, with a programme focused notably on presentations of technically demanding and/or less well known choral works, either a cappella or with chamber-scale in­strumental accompaniment. The PPC has taken some of these choral projects abroad (including among other occasions its tours in the USA and Mexico – 2014, in Russia – 2018, and in Hong Kong – 2020). The choir regards as an inseparable part of its activity educational endeavours targeting the young gene­rations. In this context, it has been involved in orga­nizing a Choral Academy for students of singing, a project aimed at enabling young artists to acquire practical skills through work with a professional vocal ensemble; and with focus on young children, running a series of educational concerts and a programme of singing workshops in schools.

The PPC has to its credit an extensive discography, with many titles released by major international la­bels (e.g., Decca Classics, Deutsche Grammophon, Sony Classical and Supraphon). In recent years the choir has taken part in several unique recording pro­jects, two of them in association with the Czech Phil­harmonic. The first of these, a recording of Antonín Dvořák´s Stabat Mater (Decca, 2017), with Jiří Bě­lohlávek conducting, received the prestigious Di­apason d´Or de l´Annèe award for the year´s best album in the sacred music category. The second, a recording of Bohuslav Martinů´s The Epic of Gil­gamesh (Supraphon, 2017), under the baton of Man­fred Honeck, won several awards in the United King­dom in 2017, plus another Diapason d´Or. Its album featuring chamber cantatas of Bohuslav Martinů (Supraphon, 2016), received top accolades of the prestigious British magazines, Gramophone (Editor´s Choice), and BBC Music Magazine (Choral and Song Choice). In the latter magazine, it was also nominated for its annual award in the choral music category. In the year 2020, Decca Classic will bring out three new recordings of music by Antonín Dvořák (Te Deum; Requiem) and Gustav Mahler (Symphony No. 2 in C minor), all made with the participation of the Prague Philharmonic Choir.

The PPC´s many commitments in the 2019/2020 se­ason include among others concert appearances at the Dvořák Prague and Prague Spring festivals, a tour in Hong Kong, a performance in Moscow´s new concert hall, Zaryadye, as well as debut appe­arances at the Salzburg Easter Festival, with Staat­skapelle Dresden and Christian Thielemann, or at the Elbphilharmonie hall, with the Czech Philhar­monic conducted by Jakub Hrůša, and with the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra under the baton of Alan Gilbert. The PPC will bring its 85th season to a close by appearances at several festivals, inclu­ding Smetana Litomyšl, St. Gallen Festival in Swit­zerland, and the opera festival in Bregenz, Austria.

The Prague Philharmonic Choir is the recipient of the 2018 Classic Prague Award for Best Vocal Con­cert, and Czech Television´s Classical Music of the Year Award.

Prager Philharmonischer Chor beim Beethovenfest

44

September

27

Sun

6:00 pm

‘Thou shalt arise, yea, arise’

NEW DATE Fri 10.9.2021 

  • Léa Trommenschlager soprano
  • Marianne Crebassa mezzo soprano
  • Prager Philharmonischer Chor
  • Mahler Chamber Orchestra
  • Maxime Pascal conductor
Works by Gustav Mahler
World Conference Center Bonn, Saal »New York«

2018

54

September

21

Fri

8:00 pm

Songs of fate, old and new

  • Franz Mazura narrator
  • Adriana Kohútková soprano
  • Aurélie Franck mezzo soprano
  • Pavel Švingr bass
  • Michal Lehotský tenor
  • Daniela Valtová Kosinová organ
  • Prager Philharmonischer Chor
  • Lukáš Vasilek preparation
  • Sinfonie­orchester Flandern
  • Jan Latham-Koenig Conductor
Works by Johannes Brahms, Dieter Schnebel and Leoš Janáček
World Conference Center Bonn, Saal »New York«

53

September

20

Thu

8:00 pm

Worlds of choral music

  • Ludmila Kromková alto
  • Prager Philharmonischer Chor
  • Tomáš Jamník violoncello
  • Jakub Kettner baritone
  • Miloslav Pelikán tenor
  • Lukáš Vasilek Conductor
  • Jana Boušková harp
  • Petr Střížek violin
  • Vladimír Fortin violoncello
Works by John Tavener, Petr Eben, Carl Orff and Pēteris Vasks
St. Hildegard Mehlem