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Czech Philharmonic in period documents



Concert brochure from 1932. The Czech Philharmonic conducted by Talich's friend Nikolai Malko performed Beethoven's  Egmont, Orchestral Suite, Op.4 by the contemporary composer Emil Hlobil, Mussorgsky's Night on the Bare Mountain, Symphonic Poem No.2, Tasso, Lamento e Trionfo and Piano Concerto No.1 in E flat major, S.124 by Franz Liszt with pianist Jan Heřman as soloist. - The Czech Philharmonic met Nikolai Malko for the last time in Sydney during its first overseas concert tour to Australia, Japan, New Zealand, China, India, and the Soviet Union (from September to December 1959)



On the left:  Czech Philharmonic concert in 1939 with soprano Jarmila Novotná (star of the Metropolitan Opera 1940-1956). - On the right: The Smetana Hall concert schedule,  December 27, 1941 - January 6, 1942. During the era of the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia the Smetana Hall in Prague's Municipal House became the home of the Czech Philharmonic after the Rudolfinum was assigned to the German Philharmonic (since 1946 the Bamberg Symphony) 



The subscription series for the 1954/1955 season illustrate Talich's return to the Czech Philharmonic. Václav Talich's name appears in all concert series and particularly in five Mozart programmes. Nevertheless, his health was not good and Karel Ančerl and other conductors had to stand in for him. Talich conducted the Czech Philharmonic for the last time on Friday 19 November 1954 in a concert featuring the first Mozart programme in the Rudolfinum (above) with clarinetist Vladimír Říha as soloist. After that he only made recordings. His last performance involved a TV recording of Slavonic Dances in 1955




Official notice announcing the death of Václav Talich published  on 16 March 1961 by the Czech Philharmonic, the National Theatre, the Czechoslovak Composers' Union and the Ministry of Culture 



Programme brochure for the Czech Philharmonic's first concert tour of Japan released during the orchestra's first ever trip overseas, September-December 1959 (above: Nikolai Malko)




One of the Czech Philharmonic's recordings with Deutsche Grammophon Gesellschaft promoted in the programme brochure for a Czech Philharmonic concert in London in 1956



The Czech Philharmonic concert tour in 1959, reviews: Melbourne, The Age - Wellington, The Evening Post


 Czech Philharmonic subscription series for the 1975/1976 season


(More documents and photographs in the next issue) 

Sources: František Sláma & Marie Jetonická Archives


Conductors - Part 1,2,3

Czech Philharmonic and the people around it 

Václav Talich - Czech Chamber Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra


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