“My friends call me ‘Violka’ (small viola) – I guess it is quite apt because I can really identify with my instrument.” This weekend on Czech Radio D-Dur, Jitka Hosprová selects the music she likes.
Jitka Hosprová talks about her Walking in Art Festival (Procházky uměním) in an interview for the regional edition of 5plus2 Weekly published in the Pilsen, Rokycany and Tachov regions.
The superlative Czech viola player, Jitka Hosprová, does not try to compete with violinists, as she accepts the specifics, limits and advantages of her instrument.
The Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra will perform with visually impaired musicians at a concert in Prague. The concert of the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, which will take place at the Municipal House in Prague on Monday, will present blind multi-instrumentalist Mário Bihári, blind pianist Ráchel Skleničková and blind flautist Eva Blažková. The performance will also feature other soloists: violinist Václav Hudeček, violist Jitka Hosprová and guitar player Lubomír Brabec.
Host do domu, 19 January 2017, 11:04 The virtuosity of Jitka Hosprová was put to a test during blackout. She played for 2,000 people without sheet music in the dark. “I was like a jukebox.” Jitka Hosprová is the first Czech female viola soloist in history.
While Hosprová was able to detach her viola play from the orchestral sound where it was needed, when a joint rhythmic articulation was required, she joined efforts with the Slovak Philharmonic to place exact accents to Berlioz’s perfectly varied rhythm.
The first Czech female viola soloist has returned from her successful tour of Brazil. In less than a month, she performed eight concerts at different venues. Each concert was specific; she played solo in a church, with a harp player, with a chamber orchestra and with a big symphonic orchestra.
Jitka Hosprová is the first Czech female viola soloist in history. Her work is praised both in her homeland and abroad, and Jitka promotes the viola not only through her superlative play, but also with her erudite accompanying words at her concerts, on various radio programmes, and in many other ways. In February, the first edition of an interesting new festival Walking in Art (Hudební procházky uměním) will be launched at Museum Kampa.
The discography of Jitka Hosprová already comprises seven albums. And she has added another one only recently. The highly acclaimed recording features a selection of Paul Hindemith’s compositions for viola. “I also chose one of Hindemith’s most famous pieces to be included on the album. It was composed in London in 1936 while Hindemith was preparing a premiere broadcast of another of his works on BBC.”
The world-famous Museum Kampa in Prague hosted the opening ceremony of a new festival called Walking in Art (Hudební procházky uměním). The aim of the festival is to bring music, fine arts and history closer together and spice up performances of classical music with original walks through the arts.
Paul Hindemith’s instrumental compositions do not form the core of the Czech soloists’ repertoire, which is a shame because they are exciting, structurally interesting and melodic pieces of music. Besides, they are instrumentally varied.
The sound of its name is beautiful and comforting. If we want something to express sympathy and soothe the sorrows, we rather think of viola than violin. Of course, the higher-pitched violin is mostly dominant. It can be heard better and has a sharper sound, which is why of the two instruments, the viola gets less attention.
The guests of the 171st episode will be: Karel Fiala, Jitka Hosprová and Ondřej Hrab. You can be part of the audience during the shooting of the show on Tuesday, 3 June, in the Prague theatre Archa. The episode will air on Friday, 6 June, after 10 PM on TV Prima.
Violist Jitka Hosprová and harpist Kateřina Englichová have recorded a new album “Chanson dans la Nuit”. The two musicians and their instruments teamed up during the Czech Philharmonic’s concert cycle for mothers-to-be.
One of the uncontracted benefits of reviewing is being sent music you don’t know; I knew the names of all the Czech composers here and had heard some, not much, music by them, and so this CD has been a voyage of discovery for me.