“In the final movement [of Mahler’s Second Symphony]… the wonderfully rehearsed Viennese Singverein, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra and the exquisite soloists achieved a perfectly balanced spontaneity under the direction of Semyon Bychkov.” Die Presse, 28 November 2018

Czech Philharmonic

The 124 year-old Czech Philharmonic – which in 1896 gave its first concert in its current form under Antonín Dvořák – has an extraordinary and proud history which both reflects its place in the centre of Europe and the country’s turbulent political history.  Acknowledged for its definitive performances of the Czech repertoire – its première recording dates back to 1929 when Chief Conductor Václav Talich conducted Smetana’s Má vlast for release on 10 discs – the Orchestra is also recognised for the special relationship it has to the music of Brahms, Tchaikovsky and Mahler, the latter of whom gave the world première of his Seventh Symphony with the Orchestra in 1908.

Macbeth Media Relations first collaborated with the Czech Philharmonic when Semyon Bychkov launched The Tchaikovsky Project with the Orchestra, an ongoing recording cycle from Decca featuring all of Tchaikovsky’s symphonies and three piano concertos, which culminates in August 2019. We were subsequently engaged by the Czech Philharmonic to oversee the international announcement of Semyon Bychkov as its new Chief Conductor and Music Director starting from September 2018. In addition to press initiatives connected to Semyon Bychkov’s engagements with the Czech Philharmonic, we have an international brief that encompasses all promotional activity outside the Czech Republic including tours, recordings and educational projects.

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photo credits: (1-4) Petra Hajská