New CD: PKF — Prague Philharmonia plays Dvořák and Martinů
PKF — Prague Philharmonia releases a new, purely orchestral album with music by Antonín Dvořák and Bohuslav Martinů. It captures the unique relationship that has developed between the orchestra and its chief conductor Emmanuel Villaume.
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For the recording of the profile CD, the ensemble chose Antonín Dvořák's Symphony No. 8 in G major, Op. 88 and Bohuslav Martinů's Toccata e due canzoni H.311.
For the PKF — Prague Philharmonia, these energetic compositions represent an exemplary opportunity to showcase the interpretive skills, unique liveliness of performance, enthusiasm, but also precision and sense of style.
The orchestra is very close to these compositions. Dvořák's Symphony No. 8 was on the programme of the extremely successful American tour of PKF — Prague Philharmonia and Emmanuel Villaume in 2017. The PKF is returning to Toccata e due canzoni after a long time: in 2008 it recorded it with its then chief conductor Jiří Bělohlávek. The uniqueness of the recording lies also in the fact that PKF — Prague Philharmonia presents it as its own profile project and thus no label is behind the release of the album.
Michael Fine, a renowned music producer and Grammy winner, collaborated as musical director on the album.
"A purely orchestral repertoire is the best calling card for any orchestra. At every stage of their history, our musicians have recorded orchestral albums with their music directors that reflect the unique nature of their relationships. This album will be the second symphonic recording I will make with the orchestra during my tenure with the PKF — Prague Philharmonia. It is very important for all of us, also as a testament to our deep relationship after five years as music director at the helm of this jewel of Czech culture," says the orchestra's chief conductor Emmanuel Villaume.
The new CD was recorded by the PKF — Prague Philharmonia at a time when it could not play for its audience due to anti-epidemic measures and the state of emergency in the Czech Republic.