The sun is out and shining bright on day two of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic tour. I think I’ll walk in to work today!
The Hotel Mozartava is just by Mozart Villa. The villa is now a museum dedicated to the visits of Mozart to the Dusek family and is now a popular tourist attraction. The walk over the Vltava/Moldau River into the Old Town takes about thirty minutes and in this glorious sunshine is a real pleasure.
The river itself is also a joy on such a nice day, the subject of many spectacular picture post cards.
In the distance, Prague Castle and St. Vitus’ Cathedral always stands proud.
The Charles Bridge is so busy during the daytime.
It seems that all tourists need to flock here during their day of sightseeing.What a way to go to work! My leisurely stroll continued from the Charles Bridge through the beautiful Old Town, on my way to the orchestra’s first rehearsal on Czech soil during this tour.
Janacek – Orchestral Suite ‘From The House of the Dead’
Berg – Seven Early Songs plus three others newly orchestrated by Chris Gordon
Linda Larsson – Soprano Soloist
Elgar – Symphony no. 1 in A flat major
It was getting on for midday now so I had plenty of time for a look around, before the 3pm rehearsal, through the old city and get something nice to eat. There were plenty of sightings of other groups form the orchestra around town.
Having eaten, I headed towards the Smetana Hall for our rehearsal.
After the rehearsal, we headed off for a spot of pre concert dinner and refreshment. The first port of call was downstairs at the front of house in The Smetana Hall. We had a swift drink in this beautiful room. Fabulous!
There is an excellent class of busker in Prague!!!We went across the road from the hall for a bite to eat next. The choice of pickled sausages etc was excellent and just the job for a pre-performance filler.
The 8pm concert had been sold out for months and got of to a great start. The Czech people really enjoy their music and the enthusiastic applause for the Janacek continued right through the programme. At the end of the Elgar symphony, the audience erupted into cheers and demands for more. Vasily and the RLPO treated them to ‘At Twilight’ by Fidich. Seemingly a particular favourite. Once the hustle of post concert activity backstage had subsided, the trumpet section went for a quick beer before walking back across town, across the river and back to the hotel for a relatively quiet night. Touring does take it out of you!
Brahms – Piano Concerto in D minor
Soloist – Paul Lewis
Dvorak – Symphony no. 7