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Jan 20, 2004 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

Magdalena Kožená Performs in Zankel Hall

Mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kožená has recently debuted at the Metropolitan Opera in Mozart ’s Le Nozze di Figaro, and her career has recently picked up speed with major label CD releases and awards all over the world. She will perform the whole cycle of Songs on Two Pages by Bohuslav Martinů along with works by Ravel, Mahler, Rösler, Dvořák, and Shostakovich. She will be accompanied by Malcolm Martineau on the piano.

Tuesday, January 20 at 7:30

Zankel Hall
881 Seventh Avenue (Corner of 57th Street)
New York City

For tickets call 212 247 7800

Magdalena Kožená (b.1973) attended the Brno Conservatory and later studied with Eva Bláhová at the College of Performing Arts in Bratislava. While still a student, she was acclaimed as the Most Talented Performer of the Czech Republic in the country’s classical music awards, as well as earning a prize at the sixth International Mozart Competition in Salzburg. Her recent engagements have included Gluck’s Orphée with Gardiner at the Paris Chatelet, Nerone with Minkowski at the Vienna Festival,Sesto in La Clemenza di Tito at the Edinburgh Festival, Mélisande with Minkowski at the Leipzig Opera, Cherubino at the Aix-en-Provence Festival, and Zerlina under Harnoncourt at the Salzburg Festival. Miss Kožená’s upcoming engagements include Cherubino for the Bavarian State Opera, Idamantes at the Glyndebourne Festival (under Rattle) and both Idamantes and Dorabella under Rattle in Salzburg and Berlin. She made her debut at the Metropolitan Opera as Cherubino under Levine, her debut with San Francisco Opera as Dorabella, and sings the title role in Cavalli’s “Calisto” for the Bavarian State Opera.

Songs on Two Pages are gems of 20 th -century Czech songwriting. Atypically,they were composed by Bohuslav Martinů without any direct commission in 1944 while he was in American exile, but it can be assumed that he created them for the needs of cultural, political, and charity events of associations of American Czechs, where they were consequently performed by singers including the Metropolitan Opera soloist Jarmila Novotná, often accompanied on piano by Jan Masaryk. Like Antonín Dvořák in his Moravian Duets, Martinů takes only the lyrics and some of characteristic devices from the folk model (all come from Erben’s collection Czech Folk Songs and Rhymes), his musical concept is absolutely original and autonomous. Martinů once said about his songs on folk lyrics that he “wrote them when not composing.” However, it is not very likely that he would describe them as second-rate; his statement seems to refer rather to their experimental nature. In their expressive compactness, the Songs on Two Pages are the key to all of Bohuslav Martinů’s late work.

photo:© KASSKARA//DG


Bohemian National Hall, 321 East 73rd Street
NY 10021 New York
United States


Jan 20, 2004 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM



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