In the beginning was the word

3rd concert in the Tischlerei

How music came of language





Even more than Dvorak's, Janácek's music has an almost symbiotic relationship with the Czech language. He dedicated a major portion of his music to his research into the melody of speech. This included a meticulous phonograph collection of Bohemian and Moravian folk music.

Musicians of the Orchestra work closely here with singers of the Deutsche Oper Berlin Chorus to bring to life, using instrumental and vocal chamber music, the intimate relationship between music and language in the works of Janácek, his greatly influential colleague, Dvorak, and his most celebrated pupil, Pavel Haas.

Antonin Dvorak (1841 – 1904)
From „Cypresses“ B. 11

Leos Janácek (1854 – 1928)
4 Moravian Songs by Antonin Dvorak for chorus and piano

Leos Janácek (1854 – 1928)
„Mládí“ for wind sextet

Leos Janácek (1854 – 1928)
String quartet „Kreutzersonate“

Pavel Haas (1899 – 1944)
Wind quintet

Leos Janácek (1854 – 1928)
From „Ríkadla“ [Children’s poems] for chorus, flute, clarinet, bassoon and piano