Music fans across the world, including the Czech Republic, are ruing the death of British singer George Michael who died unexpectedly on Christmas Day at the age of just 53. Local music critics noted that the singer had had an influence on Czechoslovak performers even during the communist era in the late 1980s. George Michael performed two back-to-back concerts in Prague in 2011 as part of a European tour. Not long afterwards he was diagnosed with a severe case of pneumonia in Vienna which almost claimed his life.
In today’s special Christmas edition of Sunday music show, we’ll be listening a live recording of a concert featuring the Moravian folk rock band Hradišťan and Spirituál kvintet, a band playing mostly American spiritual and gospel music. The album, entitled Christmas Concert, brings a mixture of spiritual, secular, classical and folk songs from across the centuries and regions, including early Czech music, songs by Czech baroque composer Adam Michna z Otradovic or Bohuslav Martinů as well as traditional American spirituals, such as such as What
Jakub Jan Ryba’s Czech Christmas Mass is undoubtedly one of the symbols of Czech Christmas, along with fried carp and Christmas cookies. Composed by a small-town teacher in 1796, the pastoral mass has become the most popular piece of Czech Christmas music ever written. At this time of the year it resounds in churches and concert halls across the country, but also beyond its borders. Recently, the Czech Christmas Mass premiered in Tokyo.
Dné is the alias of Ondřej Holý, a keyboard and laptop wizard who last month released his atmospheric debut long player These Semi Feelings, They are Everywhere on a German indie label. A live rendition of one track, the haunting Asos Model Crush, has had over 250,000 views on YouTube. Other titles accompanying the mostly instrumental material – including Driving A Car While Listening To Bill Burr’s Podcast – also show off Holý’s immersion in Western pop culture.
Irish musicologist and organ player Patrick Devine will receive the award of the Czech Music Council in Prague on Wednesday. Mr Devine, is being recognised for his lifelong research work, education and promotion of Czech music abroad and will be handed the prize at concert at Prague Conservatory as part of the Bohuslav Martinů Days.
The world-renowned Czech mezzo soprano Magdalena Kožená has been nominated for this year’s Grammy Awards, along with such stars as Beyonce or Rihanna. Kožená received the nomination in the Best Classical Vocal Album category for her album of works by Claudio Monteverdi, which was released this spring under the label Deutsche Grammophon.
British singer-songwriter Sting will be the main star of Prague’s Metronome festival, which will take place in the Czech capital in June, the festival's organiser Roman Helcl told the Czech News Agency on Friday. The former frontman of the rock band Police will perform with his three-member band, including guitarist Dominic Miller. Tickets go on sale on December 12.
Members of the legendary rock group Pražský výběr will go on stage at Prague’s O2 Arena on Wednesday night to play the biggest and quite possibly the last concert of their 40-year career, called “eR - Last or Forever”. The concert of Pražský výběr, one of the most significant rock bands of the 1980s, will be accompanied by the Czech National Symphony Orchestra, and they will be joined on stage by a number of guest musicians.
Organisers this week added a second Prague date – May 29, 2017 – for the legendary German industrial band Rammstein, after a first concert to be held a day earlier at the city’s Eden Stadium quickly sold out. The last time the band performed in the capital was in 2011. Czech Radio reported that prices by re-sellers online had risen as high as 26,700 crowns (the equivalent of almost 1,000 euros). Official distributors Ticketpro and Ticketportal have warned buyers not to purchase from third parties, at the risk of buying forged, and therefore useless, tickets.
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