On 31 January in the Smetana Hall of the Municipal House, the Prague Symphony Orchestra FOK gave world premiere to Concerto for oboe and orchestra by Jiří Gemrot (*1057). Just like his Trio for oboe, harp and piano, the composer dedicated it to a leading Czech oboist Vilém Veverka.
“The first attribute I would think of is ‘lyrical’,” the soloist said. “Lyricism and cantability are the defining features of this concerto.” The piece was performed between Maurice Ravel’s La valse and Hector Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique. Conducted by Tomáš Netopil, FOK presented the same programme again one day later.
31 Jan and 1 Feb, Smetana Hall, Municipal House, Prague
Jiří Gemrot: Concerto for Oboe and Orchestra (world premiere)
Prague Symphony Orchestra FOK, oboe – Vilém Veverka, conductor – Tomáš Netopil