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21st July 2021

Grafenegg Festival 2021

Semyon Bychkov and the Czech Philharmonic will be reunited after the summer at the 2021 Grafenegg Festival where they will present concerts on 26 and 27 August. On their first night, they play Kabeláč’s The Mystery of Time paired with Mahler’s Fifth Symphony. For their second, they present Brahms’s Piano...

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1st July 2021

Neue Zürcher Zeitung

Thomas Schacher

The new work called “Mari” is now finished, and the announced Swiss premiere became a world premiere… At the end, an (almost) unclouded major chord created a touching rapture. Bychkov, to whom “Mari” is dedicated, emphasised the stylistic pluralism of the composition with total clarity…

In Tchaikovsky’s Second, which closed both programmes, the hour of the Russian Bychkov struck. His reading was not radically different from that presented by the orchestra with Paavo Järvi: The exciting interpretation of the corner movements and the relaxed desire to make music in the middle movements are in common to both. But while Järvi draws more, Bychkov proves to be a sovereign painter. 

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1st July 2021

OperaPlus

Anna Marie Hradecká

Pianist Kirill Gerstein and the Czech Philharmonic gave the audience back the joy of live music

I am sure I will not be the only one for whom Wednesday evening’s concert of star pianist Kirill Gerstein with the Czech Philharmonic under the direction of Semyon Bychkov had a special meaning. What seemed quite ordinary to all of us a year and a half ago, to sit in the auditorium of the Rudolfinum and enjoy a live concert performed by great musicians, suddenly seemed like a complete luxury and an extraordinary privilege. For my part, I hope that for once the brain’s mechanism for self-preservation – the tendency to forget everything unpleasant – does not work and that the gratitude and awareness of the preciousness of these opportunities remain in my mind for a long time, even though our cultural life will now – hopefully – get back into full swing.

The programme included Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 2 followed by Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 4. In the second work in particular, my mind was jumping with excitement at the Orchestra’s completely perfect playing, conducted from memory by Semyon Bychkov without a score.

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1st July 2021

Bychkov and the Czechs presented perfect, velvety tones in Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy’s Third Symphony. Cheers. 

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