Oct. 13: Prague and Art Nouveau

By Brian McCreath

On today's program, we'll sample a new recording by the young, remarkable British vocal ensemble Stile Antico, who visit Boston this Friday for a concert presented by Boston Early Music Festival.

And I also have for you another in our series of concert performances from the Czech Philharmonic, recorded at the Rudolfinum in Prague (today featuring Josef Bohuslav Foerster's Violin Concerto No. 1 with soloist Ivan Zenaty).  I was there last spring with a WGBH Learning Tour (a terrific way to travel, especially if you love classical music;  and if you do, you might consider travelling next spring to Spain!).  And when our tour guide announced to us that, the night before visiting the Rudolfinum, we'd be hearing the Prague Symphony Orchestra at Prague Municipal Hall, the response from our group was ... underwhelming.  There we were in a former Communist state, going to a concert hall with the astoundingly pedestrian name of Municipal Hall.  We were in for a shock.  This has to be one of the most beautiful concert halls I've ever been in, and below are some pictures of it.  And further down, you'll find a work by one of the great Art Nouveau artists, Alphonse Mucha, who had a lot to do with the design and decor of Municipal Hall, and for whom there is a wonderful museum in Prague.  Enjoy, and be sure to follow the links to learn more!  And if you have memories of Prague to share, feel free to leave a comment.

Exterior of Prague Municipal House, courtesy of Prague-Stay.com

Prague Municipal House interior, courtesy of Czech Tourism

Alphonse Mucha's Autumn, courtey Olga's Gallery

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