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Milan Munclinger in Documents and Reminiscences



Milan Munclinger, 1980s (photograph © F.Sláma)


Milan Munclinger on Bach's The Art of Fugue (BWV 1080). Ars Rediviva subscription concerts in the Rudolfinum's Dvořák Hall (Prague), 1970s.mp3↗

Ars Rediviva subscription cycle in the Rudolfinum's Dvořák Hall, the 1970/1971 season:  J.S.Bach and His Czech Contemporaries. František (Franz) Benda. -  M.Munclinger flute, J.Hála harpsichord, F.Sláma cello



 Milan Munclinger's commentary for a concert with the Czech Chamber Orchestra,  1947



Milan Munclinger and his wife Viktorie Švihlíková during a rehearsal for Benda's and Richter's Flute Concertos with Jean-Pierre Rampal and the Prague Chamber Orchestra. Prague, 1955/56




Jean-Pierre Rampal's and Milan Munclinger's musical merrymaking in the famous "TenorClub". Prague, 1950s 






The first performance of The Musical Offering in the Ars Rediviva Bach cycle



The Czechoslovak premiere of one of the  trio sonatas by Jan (Johann) Dismas Zelenka



Tenor Theo Altmeyer↗ on his collaboration with Milan Munclinger during the recording of Lamentationes Jeremiae Prophetae↗ by Jan (Johann) Dismas Zelenka. During 1968-1969 the mezzo-soprano Nedda Casei↗ and the bass Karel Berman↗ also participated in this recording



Milan Munclinger during a recording with Ars Rediviva, 1960s



Munclinger's notes




In 1956 Ars Rediviva appeared at the Prague Spring festival for the first time performing three Czechoslovak premieres of works by the old masters



Milan Munclinger with his daughter Markéta






First performance of Sonata da camera by Ilja Hurník





Czechoslovak premiere of Jolivet's Incantations



 Milan Munclinger's commentary for a concert with Jean-Pierre Rampal, 1962



Munclinger's first Czechoslovak recording of the Brandenburg Concertos BWV 1046-1051 featuring the legendary Maurice André↗ was re-released many times  



In 1982 Ars Rediviva was the first Czech ensemble to perform the complete Brandenburg Concertos at the Prague Spring festival





František Sláma on Otto Peter, dedicated to the memory of the Swiss singer and composer↗

In rehearsal with Otto Peter during the 1970s (J.S.Bach, Amore traditore BWV 203, Aria Chi in amore ha nemica la sorte). Soloists: Otto Peter . Josef Hála harpsichord obbligato, František Sláma cello



 Reviews of two Ars Rediviva recordings (Baerenreiter-Musicaphon, Kassel, 1970s)




Milan Munclinger had been collaborating with European music editors and music publishing houses since the 1950s



Ars Rediviva Bach cycle in the Rudolfinum↗, 1970s



 Milan Munclinger's commentary for Ars Rediviva's 30th anniversary concert in the Rudolfinum's Dvořák Hall ("Koncertní život" revue [Concert Life], Prague, 1982)



Jaroslav Šeda reviews the history of Ars Rediviva on the occasion of its 40th anniversary (Koncertní život, Prague, 1992)



Traverso &  recorder:  Milan Munclinger's and Jiří Stivín's↗ musical merrymaking in Munclinger's concert cycle Flute Dialogues



Munclinger's and František Ringo Čech's↗  crazy Dada version of Bach's Quodlibet:  In Praise of the Wash-tub



 Again with Jean-Pierre Rampal: Flute Concertos (recorded in 1982) ...



... and the last joint concert in Prague, 1984

(photograph © Mária Kudasová)




One of the last concerts in the Ars Rediviva Bach cycle performed by Milan Munclinger: the St Matthew Passion. Rudolfinum, February 1985




In April 1986 Munclinger took his leave of the public in a letter published in Koncertní život:

"This year - for the first time in thirty years - we were forced to change the programme for some of the concerts in the Bach cycle. Our health won't be dictated to and my illness proved to be more stubborn than I had at first thought. We moved the programmes in which my participation was essential, to next season. (There's a bit of cunning involved as well. I am convinced that an awareness of my debt - to our public and to those wonderful works which I was particularly looking forward to - and the skills of the doctors - will give me the strength to recover fully and return to you and to the music we all need so much)."



 Ars Rediviva concert dedicated to the memory of Milan Munclinger


J.S.Bach: The Art of Fugue, Contrapunctus 8. Instrumentation and music editor Milan Munclinger. Ars Rediviva soloists: J.Mihule oboe, F.Kimel alto oboe, F.Herman bassoon, J.Kroft violin, K.Špelina viola, F.Sláma cello, F.Pošta violone 


Jean-Pierre Rampal on Milan Munclinger (an excerpt from Music, My Love by Jean-Pierre Rampal and Deborah Wise, Random House Publishing 1989)




František Sláma Archive

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I would particularly like to thank Mr Denis Verroust and the Association Jean-Pierre Rampal↗ as well as Mrs Mária Kudasová,  Mr Svatopluk Novák and all who helped me to edit this section.


For more see Ars Rediviva in Documents and ReminiscencesArs Rediviva Discography, Viktorie Švihlíková↗ (Czech version), Václav Talich - Czech Chamber orchestra, Czech Philharmonic OrchestraCzech Philharmonic Conductors, Sound Archive and  František Sláma 1923 - 2004 (PowerPoint presentation)


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