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American piano virtuoso Stephen Beus: I do not remember a time when I did not want to be a pianist.

17-05-2012 | Daniela Lazarová

Stephen Beus American pianist Stephen Beus is one of the star performers at the American spring music festival currently underway in the Czech Republic. The internationally acclaimed musician, who performs with renowned orchestras and gives solo recitals the world over, has been described as a strikingly original, confident and gifted player with a rock-solid technique. On what is his second recital tour in the Czech Republic he visited Radio Prague’s studio and talked about the joy he derives from music, the inspiration he draws from it and the secret behind his ability to captivate an audience.  More

Jazz legend Laco Deczi

13-05-2012 02:01 | Jan Velinger

In this edition of the Sunday Music Show: conversation with, as well as new music from, jazz legend Laco Dezci.  More

Spring is in the air!

06-05-2012 02:01 | Sarah Borufka

Čokovoko In our first May edition of the Sunday Music Show, we listen to all sorts of spring tunes.  More

Prague-based Quebecois Jonathan Gaudet adds Latin flavour to his blues

29-04-2012 02:01 | Jan Richter

Jonathan Gaudet Our guest in this edition of Sunday Music Show is Jonathan Gaudet, a French-Canadian guitarist, singer and songwriter who travelled the world before he settled in Prague. Collaborating with Czech musicians and singing in French, Spanish and English, Jonathan incorporates various musical influences in his lively blues.  More

“Hooligans and swindlers”: the communist regime and the Plastic People

28-04-2012 02:01 | David Vaughan

The Plastic People of the Universe In the 1970s the communist authorities tolerated popular music as long as it was insipid, colourless and unoriginal – everything that the Czech psychedelic rock band The Plastic People of the Universe most definitely was not. Their music was inspired by Frank Zappa and The Velvet Underground, their lyrics anarchic, their behaviour unconventional and their hair long. In 1976 four members of the band were sentenced to prison terms for what was described as “organised disturbance of the peace”, and in December of the same year Czechoslovak Radio broadcast a documentary that painted the band in the darkest possible colours and included extracts from their music, recorded secretly at their concerts.  More

Pavel Šporcl - Not your everyday violin virtuoso

27-04-2012 16:10 | Christian Falvey

Pavel Šporcl, photo: archive of Pavel Šporcl In the Czech Republic and increasingly even abroad, violinist Pavel Šporcl enjoys the kind of name recognition that aspiring rock stars dream of. A natural talent, he became the enfant terrible of the classical music world when first he arrived on the scene, forgoing a tuxedo for a bandana and taking an interactive approach to his concerts. Having toured the world over and recorded roughly a dozen albums, 36-year-old Pavel Šporcl is not only a dominant but a defining force in classical music. I met Pavel as he was preparing for a concert, and asked him to describe what it is that has made him and his career so distinct.  More

Legendary Pražský výběr returns

25-04-2012 15:29 | Jan Velinger

The legendary band Pražský výběr – one of the most influential bands from the Czech New Wave – are back. Recently the group, led by frontman Michael Kocáb announced they would put aside past differences and reunite for a series of concerts in the autumn.  More

Lubomír Dorůžka: Legendary music journalist and translator of Western literature

23-04-2012 14:09 | Ian Willoughby

Lubomír Dorůžka, photo: Tomáš Vodňanský Lubomír Dorůžka first began writing about music seven decades ago when, during WWII, he produced a clandestine magazine on his greatest passion, jazz. The quintessential American art form was frowned upon by the Communists after their 1948 takeover of Czechoslovakia. However, in the relatively liberal 1960s Mr. Dorůžka was able to edit music magazines and play a very active role in international jazz organisations. As well as being a music journalist, he is also a renowned translator of American and British writers – and as a young man did many translations with his lifelong friend, the novelist Josef Škvorecký.  More

Ondřej Havelka and his Melody Makers

22-04-2012 02:01 | Christian Falvey

Ondřej Havelka This edition of our Sunday Music Show is devoted to the syncopated sounds of Ondřej Havelka and his Melody Makers, an authentic big band making sure the music of the 1920s and 30s is alive and well today. And they don’t just play the music, but live the age.  More

Prague museum explores Journeys of Antonín Dvořák

21-04-2012 02:01 | Jan Richter

Antonín Dvořák Museum Prague’s Antonín Dvořák Museum recently reopened after renovation with a new programme dedicated to the life and work of the famous composer. Entitled The journeys of Antonín Dvořák, it offers a new look at the composer’s stays abroad. It also features an exhibition on Dvořák’s Czech-American friend and collaborator, Josef Jan Kovařík, who worked with Dvořák during his stay in New York.  More

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