Jednou z hvězd, kterou Janáčkova
filharmonie Ostrava v poslední době
doprovázela, byla i Lisa Batiashvili.
Foto: Ivan Korč
Lisa Batiashvili was one of the stars
who the Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra
Photo: Ivan Korč
Did you know that the Ostrava
Symphony Orchestra, founded
in 1954, has been officially called
the Janáček Philharmonic Ostrava since 12 October 1971? That
the orchestra, when founded, had
only 36 members? By the way,
today’s number is approaching
These are some of the interesting
details from the life of the Janáček
Philharmonic Orchestra, which
annually performs dozens of
attractive concerts with outstanding soloists and conductors.
From 2012, Mgr. Jan Žemla has
been responsible for their composition.
What do you consider the most important
factor to enjoy a fully-fledged experience
when listening to music?
First of all, it is important to have an open
mind and overcome the belief that classical
music is difficult, old and boring. Initial
motivation and an intuitive approach are
perhaps crucial. If a composition catches your
attention, you are automatically interested in
its story, its author, etc. One of the first pieces
that bewitched me personally was Piano
Concerto No. 3 by Sergey Rachmaninov, its
tremendous technical difficulty exceeding
the limits of understanding. The concert was
an important part of the movie “Shine“, and
the visual experience was also crucial for me
at that time. I started to ask, “Is it possible at
all for someone to compose music like this?”
Was Rachmaninov really such a phenomenal
pianist? How did he play? Are his other pieces
also so interesting and difficult?“ And trying
to find out more and more gets you trapped.
It does not mean that you have to leave the
world of your favourite popular music, which
can also be great. Classical music, however,
gives you a better insight and makes it easier
to distinguish quality from trash. I myself like
several rock bands too, some bordering on
Classical music is currently not exactly considered mainstream. Why do you think it is?
I guess I would say that generally speaking
the things of the highest quality are rarely
part of mainstream. The difference with
classical music is that it is a kind of accessible
luxury. If you fall for this kind of music, I think
there is no way back. It becomes a lifelong
passion, your life gets another dimension.
Classical music is also very unconventional.
So if you want to be different, then listen and
try to understand it.
Janáčkova filharmonie Ostrava