Monday, 16 April 2012

Bernarda Fink Dvořák Biblical Songs

Here's a treat! Bernarda Fink singing Dvořák Biblical Songs in the hgh profile Dvořák anniversary concert at Prague castle in 1991. This was a very big event indeed and was recorded for Czech TV. It's now avaliable from VAI music. Link here.  Fink still looks stylish 20 years later, but how sweet she looked then.  She studied in Prague before the Velvet Revolution. Native speakers admired her even then, so her Czech must be pretty good. Look who's conducting the Prague Philharmonic! Jiří Bělohlávek, the greatest Czech conductor of his generation, who brought so much Czech music to London, and new approaches to the repertoire. It was a disgrace how he was treated after the First Night of the Proms in 2011. So what if a few Londoners think they know Czech music better than he does? At least in Prague he gets the respect he's due.

My review of Bernarda Fink and Roger Vignoles performing Dvořák at the Wigmore Hall follows shortly.

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