On September 13, the South Czech Philharmonic opened its 37th season with a concert at the Theatre Hall of Metropol, České Budějovice. A part of it was a world premiere of a new piece by composer and accordionist Jiří Lukeš.
As the title suggest, Bukolika was inspired chiefly by commonly occurring natural phenomena (rain, wind, fog…). The author argues, however, that rather than onomatopoeia, it is about employing their gesture, momentum and “sound density” on a conceptual level. The premiere was followed by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy’s Violin Concerto E Minor with the brilliant Josef Špaček, Camille Saint-Saëns’s Havanaise and Arthur Honegger’s Symphony No. 4. The orchestra was led by their chief conductor Jan Talich.
13 September 2017, Metropol, České Budějovice
Jiří Lukeš: Bukolika (world premiere)
South Czech Philharmonic, cond. Jan Talich