LEDNICE|VALTICE MUSIC FESTIVAL 2019
LEDNICE|VALTICE MUSIC FESTIVAL (LVHF) combines the beauty of the classical music with the unique architectural heritage of the Liechtenstein family in a special manner – all within the Lednice-Valtice area and the surrounding regions.
LVHF, which is held in September/October on annual basis, not only returns to the popular places (Valtice Castle, Chateau Lednice, Temple of Diana – Rendez-vous), but also experiments with a reminds of the new Liechtenstein places for its visitors (churches in Velké Bílovice, Poštorná and Katzelsdorf, Wilfersdorf Castle, Chateau Mikulov…). The information about the architecture of venues is contained in the festival brochure, which is offered to the visitors of the festival. LVHF is regularly visited by the numerous guests of honour – representatives of the government institutions, culture houses, majors from the Lednice-Valtice area and, by all means, classical music lovers, who do not hesitate to come from faraway. The events themselves are characterized by a combination of the prominent musical artists and the sophisticated programme, and therefore contribute to the mutual-cultural meetings of the people from the Czech Republic, Austria and Slovakia.
The programmes of the LVHF 2019 events will remind the kapellmeisters and composers connected with the Liechtenstein family, which was relevant in the South Moravia region for 700 years.
On the occasion of the 300thanniversary of the Principality of Liechtenstein, LVHF 2019 prepared an additional concert, which will be held in June at the premises of Palais Liechtenstein, Vienna. The performing artists will be trumpetist Ondřej Jurečka, soprano Patricia Janečková and one of the best worldwide known Czech artists – bass-baritone Adam Plachetka. Barocco sempre giovane will perform as an accompanying ensemble.
The 4thannual festival will be opened by the great Franco-Dutch violinist Cosima Soulez Larivière, laureate of the prestige Bartók World Competition in Budapest, accompanied by pianist Miroslav Sekera. Piano sonata of the Liechtenstein composer Josef Gabriel Rheinberger, who was born in Vaduz, will mark the beginning of the opening concert. The second concert will offer works of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Claude Debussy and Gabriel Fauré, played by one of the most sought-after Czech harpists Kateřina Englichová and flautist Petr Pomkla. The surroundings of Temple of Diana, also called as Rendez-vous, will transport listeners back into the times of the 18th/19th century home playing.
Music from the Nová Říše is a subtitle of the third concert, which makes a reference to the origins of Vranický brothers – Antonín and Pavel. Pavel Vranický’s violin concerto – the highlight of this event – will remind this composer, who was noted in 1797 by famous Liechtenstein kapellmeister Joseph Triebensee, meaning that his music was actually relevant and played in Valtice of the 18thcentury. Accompanied by classical Ensemble 18+, the former Liechtenstein residence Chateau Mikulov will host performing artists Ivan Ženatý, prominent Czech violin virtuoso, and Marie Fajtová, soprano soloist of the National Theatre Opera in Prague.
St. Bartholomew’s Church in Katzelsdorf, Austria, will resonate with the music of the successful baroque orchestra from the Czech Republic – Collegium Marianum. Programme of the fourth concert of the LVHF 2019 will thus offer contemporary premiere of the composition by another famous kapellmeister of Joseph Johann Adam Liechtenstein, Melchior Pichler. It was Jóhannes Ágústsson, Icelandic musicologist and a prominent Liechtenstein music expert, who initiated performances of Pichler’s trio sonatas, and who provided the festival with important materials. Other trio sonatas by Johann Georg Orschler, successor of Pichler, will also be notable part of the programme.
Cembalissimo is the project where already mentioned kapellmeisters and rarely performed music for two harpsichords will be presented by Edita Keglerová and Monika Knoblochová. Another Liechtenstein architects’ building, Chapel of St. Cyril and Methodius in Břeclav, will also be introduced on the occasion of the sixth concert. Violinist Jiří Partyka and cellist Lukáš Svoboda, both eminent alumni of the primary music school in Břeclav, will be guests of this extraordinary event.
Cellist Emil Rovner will be the main performing artist of the seventh concert of the LVHF 2019, which will be dedicated to the unjustly overlooked Valtice-born composer and double-bassist Johannes Matthias Sperger.
The final gala concert, traditionally situated in the Valtice Castle Riding Hall, will introduce the laureate of the Queen Elisabeth Competition 2016 – pianist Lukáš Vondráček and soloist of the Vienna State Opera mezzo-soprano Alexandra Yangel, both accompanied by PKF – Prague Philharmonia, conducted by Vojtěch Spurný. Therefore, LVHF 2019 will be concluded by Ludwig van Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5, popularly known as the “Emperor Concerto”.
Extra concerts for schools mark the supporting programme of the LVHF 2019. During the concerts, music is accompanied by attractive commentary, introducing classical musical instruments as well as music of various genres, styles and eras.
This year’s LVHF 2019 is presented again under the patronage of the Governor of the South Moravian Region, JUDr. Bohumil Šimek.
This year’s LVHF 2019 is presented under the patronage of Minister of Culture of the Czech Republic,
Doc. Mgr. Antonín Staněk, Ph.D.