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26 May 2015 19:30

Celebrating Homage to Pavel Haas

A unique concert will take place at the outstanding new London concert venue Milton Court Hall Concert Hall. Hosted by the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and directed and organised by pianist and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama professor Lada Valešová, the concert aims to celebrate music and life of the Czech composer Pavel Haas.

The event will present to the London audience the UK premiere of Haas’s chamber music piece Fata Morgana, a composition inspired by the love poems of Rabindranath Tagore. The programme also includes Haas’s song cycles: the Four Songs on Chinese Poetry, which he composed in Terezín, as well as earlier song cycles characterised by their connections to the Moravian folk melodies and jazzy rhythms. In the music is well recognised composer’s early interest in Chinese poetry, to which he returned at the final chapter of his life.

Performed by a stellar group of young talents under direction of L. Valešová, who will perform all piano parts, this promises to be a one-off opportunity to hear music by Pavel Haas.

Pavel Haas

Pavel Haas  (21 June 1899 – 17 October 1944) was a Czech-Jewish composer, pupil of Leoš Janáček, who perished in Auschwitz after spending nearly three years of detention in the Terezín. Family of the Brno shoe merchant Zikmund Haas has given Czech culture two important artists: composer Pavel and his brother Hugo: one of the most beloved actors of the pre-war Czech cinema.

"Haas, as the only one in the group around Janáček begins his composition career already in the conditions of the new Czechoslovak state, in the atmosphere of unprecedented influences from the new impulses of the contemporary musical world. So it is not a surprise that more than his older colleagues Haas loosens the ties with the tradition and becomes an enthusiastic believer in the new directions, the most experimenting, the bravest “Janáčkian”. None of Janáček’s pupils stand as close to their master as Pavel Haas. Haas is not a follower, but a true successor: through Janáček he is connected to the tradition of the Czech music, but with his entire being he is drawn somewhere else than Janáček, and becomes a link between him and the modern Western European music.”  Lubomír Peluzzi, musicologist, Haas’s biographer.

Lada Valešová

Lada Valešová is considered as one of the most significant Czech pianists on the European scene. United Kingdom is now for 15 years her home where she achieved  great success.  During her studies at HAMU (Hudební fakulty Akademie Múzických Umění)  she experienced an international exchange programme at Guildhall School of Music and Drama. L. Valešová  later decided to continue with her studies in UK and she successfully absolved  Guildhall School of Music and Drama. After she finished her studies, she became a member professoriate.

Lada Valešová has impressed reviewers with her recordings of Czech and Slavic music on Avie Records label, Intimate Studies and Dumka. She continues her musical and musicological explorations with the in-depth programme of music by Pavel Haas: composer, who’s music she admires. She has performed internationally, and in the UK in venues such as Wigmore Hall, St. John’s Smith Square, Royal Opera House, as well as at the number of International Music Festivals.


Fata Morgana Op. 6
UK premiere.
Piano Quintet with tenor solo on poems by Rabindranath Tagore.
Nicky Spence tenor
Jubilee Quartet
Lada Valešová piano

Seven Song on Slovak Folk Poetry for high voice and piano Op. 18 - Poems by Čelakovský
Anita Watson soprano
Lada Valešová piano

Chinese songs for alto and piano Op. 4
Anna Starushkevych mezzo soprano
Lada Valešová piano

Four Songs on Chinese Poetry for bass and piano (1944)
James Platt bass
Lada Valešová piano

You can find more information and a booking form on the following website: http://ladavalesova.wix.com/homage-to-pavel-haas 
Admission is free, but booking is kindly requested either through the website or directly on haasconcert@gmail.com



Milton Court Concert Hall Guildhall School of Music & Drama, 1 Milton Street, Barbican, London EC2Y 9BH


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