Skip to main content

PROM 45. THE MAKROPULOS AFFAIR.

19-8-16. The Royal Albert Hall is a Fantastic Building. Full of History & Tradition. As a Musical Setting it cannot be Bettered. Taking Your Seat. You are Struck. How Vast the Area is. Plus there is the Unique. Large Standing Area. The Staff are Very Good Too. One Remarked on My Tie. Which I am Wearing with Pride. A 60 TH Birthday Present, from Radmila.

The Janacek Opera is in Three Acts. Story that Enfolds. Begin,s with Emperor Rudolf 11. Surrounded in His Court. By Alchemist,s etc. Get,s a Greek Physician. To Create a Elixir. To Give His 16 Year Old Daughter. Ever Lasting Life. Potion Does not Work at First. Physician is Thrown in to Prison.

When Elixir Kick,s in. She Becomes a Singer. Over Many Year,s. She Changes Her Name. Though All With the Moniker E M. By the Time it is 1922. She is Emilia Marty. Look,s Thirty. Though Really She is Over 360 Year,s Old !.

Act One is Set in a Lawyer,s Office. Where the Law Suit. Gregor v Prus is Played Out. Act Two on a Stage of a Large Theatre.

Must Say Something Now. About How Classical Music. Sometimes Shoots itself in the Foot. Many Important People are Trying to Get Newcomers involved in Classical Music. I Am in a Musical Society. While Attending a Musical Festival in Middle England. This Year. A Self Entitled Musical Expert. Told Me. He Will Not be Going to This Prom. He Says the Production is Not Very Good. Can Make My Own Mind up, Dekuji !. Must Say Never I Have I Enjoyed a Musical Event. As Tonight,s Prom !.
Second Tonight. Hall,s Light,s are on. Nearly Every Person in the Audience are Reading from the Programme. In English. As the Opera Enfolds. You Pay Your Money. Your Choice, Indeed. People Will Say. " It,s in Czech ". Even Though I Cannot Speak Fluent Czech. I Love the Rhythmic Sound of the Czech Language. Most Opera,s are Sung in Italian. Sure Not Everybody is Fluent in Italian ! Or Read the Programme,s to Understand !. Feel I Received So Much More. Just Watching & Listening to The Musical Performance.

Mainly a Czech Cast. Many Prom Debut,s. Not that You Would Know it. Liked Eva Sterbova ( Soprano ) - Kristina. Jiri Klecker ( Baritone ) - Stage Technician. Jan Vitek ( Tenor ) - Albert Gregor. My Favourite is Jan Jezek ( Tenor ). Who Plays Senile Old Admirer. Hauk-Sendorf. With Much Comedy. Hauk, a Sprightly 100 Year Old !.

Act Three, after a Chocolate Ice Cream Interval. Is Set in a Hotel Room, at Dawn.
Star of the Show. Is Glamorous, From Finland. Karita Mattila ( Soprano ). Who Plays the Lead Role. Emilia Marty. Words Fail Me. How Wonderful She is. Changes Her Appearance Through the Acts. Has Her Taken Back in Act Two. Even Sings Through a Red Veil !.

Janacek, Choose to Colour His Opera Heroines, in Latter Life. Influenced by His Love in Real Life. Of Kamila Stosslova. A Women 35 Years Younger then Him. Though Janacek has Much Sympathy for Marty. He Describes Her as " Cold " & " Icy ". Janacek gives Some Novel Idea,s in This Opera. Their is a Telephone. Plus a Toy Tin Drum, in this Score.

Janacek,s, Very Good Music is Played by the BBC Symphony Orchestra. With the BBC Singer,s. Impressed at the Early Percussion. Played by the Orchestra,s, Alex Neal. The Conductor, Jiri Belohlavek. Conductor Laureate, CBE & Our Dvorak Society President. Plus He His a Foremost Interpreter of Czech Opera. Special Mention as Well. For Stage Direction. By Kenneth Richardson.

This Year Has Been Very Hard For Me. Lost Two Loved One,s Parent,s in The Czech Republic. Plus My Mother. Has Bad Health Too. Jiri Belohlavek is Suffering From Cancer. So When Karita Mattila Hugged & Embraced Jiri, at the Operas Finish. Not Ashamed to Say. Tears Started to Flow !. Plus was So Happy with the Emotional Musical Performance, Of the Opera. Leave the Royal Albert Hall. After Seeing & Hearing a Truly Memorable Occasion.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

PAMET NARODA.

20-10-18. Lenta, Nowhere Better. To Have a Brisk Saturday Morning Walk. Fine Autumn Sunshine Rays Aplenty.

Around the Park. Plenty of Memories of the Nation. ( Pamet Naroda ). One of is of Ivan Martin Jirous, 1944 - 2011.
Founder of the Plastic People Of The Universe. Much Enjoyed My History Lesson In The Park !.


Exhibition " Hall Of Images ". Would Have Loved to have seen. However, Large Weekend Tourist Contingent. Rule the Roost !. Tues - Friday . Priority is Given for School Children. Would Not Want it Any Other Way. By All Accounts. A Fine Exhibition. Maybe a Permanent Site in the Future. Hope So.

Continue into the Middle Of Praha. Keep Away From the Tourist Hot Spots. Find it Wonderful. You Can Be in a Major European Capital City. Though you Would Not Know it Was a Saturday. No One Around. Relaxed Feel.

Lunch at The Delight. That is La Casa Blu. Kozi 857/15 11000 Praha. Mexican Food at its Best.
Afternoon Lay Back in Praha 4.

Evening Drink in Small. Though Fine, Ille…

OVERGROWN PATH TO BRANIK.

23-07-2018. Monday Night Concert at the Sukova Sin. Ceske Filharmonicke Kvarteto. Quartet Formed in 2000. Fine Program of Musical Sounds. Mozart Divertimento in D Major, Dvorak String Quartet NO 12, Puccini ( Chrysanthemam,s ) My Favourite Piece on the Night ). No Lull in the Proceedings.

Carry on with Smetana " From My Life ", Janacek " On a Overgrown Path ", Piazzolla " Libertango ". To End with Elgar " Salut " D.

If this was Not Enough. Two Encores. One From Lou Reed. No Fast Rules. Modern Music with Classical. All Played with Precision.

Audience Asian Tourists, Where The Quartet have Some Fame. Plus Ceske Concert Goers.


From Music to Branik Rock. Ceske Mythology Abounds. Branik Hospoda. You Can Sit Outside. Settle Inside. Branik Svetly 10. Cool. Goes Down Well. Pivo Snack in a Jar. " Utopenci ". Friendly & Attentive Staff. Return to Base After Staropramen Extra 12.

UNBREAKABLE.

Book by Richard Askwith. About Lata Brandisova. Only Woman Winner Of The Velka Pardubika Steeplechase.

Richard, Runner & Journalist. Wrote a Good Book on Running. Came to My Attention. With His Book on Czech Athlete, Emil Zatopek. A Very Fine Read. One Of My Favourites in Fact.

All My Years in The Czech Republic. Pardubice Was My Starting Point. Went for The Zlata Priba, Speedway. So Knew of the Horse Race.

Czechs Gather Around the TV Yearly. Everything Stops. To See the National Event. Like the Aintree Equivalent.

Richard Has Done Exhaustive Research. Really Liked the Extensive Notes & Tips for Further Reading. Would Recommend The Radetzky March By Joseph Roth.

Lata had a Ideal Childhood. From Nobility of a Kind. Though Not So Rich By Any Means. At The Time of The Hapsburg Empire. Living in The Country. Running around with Dogs & Horses.

Lata,s Biggest Love Being Horses. She has Affinity with. Thrust to take Control of Her Big Family. After The Early Death Of Her …