Michel Swierczewski's last concert at the Rudolfinum with Prague Philharmonia was a typical example of his artistic influence on the orchestra since his appointment as Principal Guest Conductor: 20th century and contemporary music (Bartok's Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta and Ravel's Piano Concerto in G with Kun Woo Paik), discovery of rare pieces (Fauré's Ballade for piano and orchestra) and a detailed work on the classics' and early romantics' performing style (Mozart's Symphony no.31 "Parisian").
The orchestra is about to unveil a 2005-2006 season largely influenced by Michel: for instance, Prague Philharmonia will open the main subscribers' series on October 16th at the Rudolfinum with the Czech premiere of Messiaen's masterwork "From the Canyons to the Stars" with French pianist Cédric Tiberghien.
Another event this coming fall will be his concert with soprano Natalie Dessay in a programme of rare 19th century French works.
Immediate important projects include Prague Philharmonia performing at Marseille's "Les Musiques" contemporary music festival on May 21st. At this occasion, the orchestra will premiere Tristan Murail's new composition "Pour adoucir le cours du temps".
(Click the microphone icon to listen to Martinu's Toccata e Due Canzoni or the camera icon to view Vorisek's Symphony in D Major)