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Massenet oratory crowned the autumn festival of sacred music

Hudební rozhledy (Music Review) 01/2010

Six concerts within one autumn month in Olomouc were framed by two great pieces. The 16th year of the Autumn Festival of Sacred Music was opened by Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Vespers and closed by the oratory of French composer Jules Massenet Marie-Magdeleine. These pieces were performed by a quartet of soloists, Janáček Philharmonic Ostrava and Czech Philharmonic Choir Brno, with chorus-master Petr Fiala. The conductor of the evening was Jaromír M. Krygel who I have recently met in Pardubice; this encounter inexplicably created a touch of almost spiritual mystery during the opening of the local festival.

Janáček Philharmonic Ostrava was performing with understanding and high discipline while playing for more than 70 minutes without a pause, in harmony with the wide variety of gestures of conductor Jaromír M. Krygel who was gradually adding motion and vigour to his calm posture or sometimes playfulness when leading the sound travelling across the orchestra. Another time he was conducting high above his head holding a fermata with his raised left hand and also added a clear gesture of recognition towards the ensemble at the end of the performance. The applause of absolutely full space of the Virgin Mary-of-the- Snow Church represented a warm thank you to the musicians and a beautiful finale of the 16th Autumn Festival of Sacred Music in Olomouc.

Rafael Brom

Opening le quattro stagioni festival

Hudební rozhledy (Music Review) 05/2009

The festive opening concert of the new International Music Festival Le Quattro Stagioni, founded by Jaromír M. Krygel in Pardubice, was appropriately dignified. The opening concert was performed by excellently prepared and dedicated Janáček Philharmonic Ostrava with appealing and dramaturgically well-considered programme. As part of it Pavel Šporcl, a violin virtuoso, was invited as a soloist of the first programme piece, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Concerto for violin and orchestra in D major.

After the break the audience heard a brilliant performance of Hector Berlioz’s Fantastic Symphony, the famous work of the French hell-raiser, romanticist and creator of colourful orchestra pieces. All, even the intended yet unpronounced orchestra colours, were applied – it was a great presentation of the Janáček Philharmonic, at the same time accepting the whole range of the gestures by conductor Jaromír M. Krygel, once curvy and soft, then holding back and with an open palm decreasing the dynamics of the appropriate orchestra part, or another time in wild passages almost commander-like, particularly in the part March to the Scaffold. Janáček Philharmonic assured us that their masterpiece is the Berlioz’s “Fantastic” that became a true geyser of orchestra colours, rhythms and various beautifully elaborated and graduate dynamics in the Suk Hall of the Music House in Pardubice. It was a fantastic sound wave that was passing through the audience letting them share common mystery of music.

Rafael Brom

Impressive performance of cimarosa requiem

Festival sheets – Autumn Festival of Sacred Music 10/2008

St. Wenceslas Cathedral welcomed guests from Bratislava on 11th October: The Lúčnica Chorus, (art. director Elena Matušová), ensemble Cappella Istropolitana, a quartet of soloists: Miriam Maťašová – soprano, Terézia Kružliaková – alto, Ľudovít Ludha – tenor and Gustáv Beláček – bass. In this interpretation constellation, they performed Domenico Cimarosa’s Requiem in G minor, staged and conducted by Jaromír M. Krygel. The entire performance and its results could be verbally described only by superlatives.

Krygel’s “interpretation” of Cimarosa’s score is impressive. He does not rely on the perfection of the score, he is not immersed in the simple planning of wonderful cantilenas, he goes deeper to the core and more importantly – he discovers. He identifies himself with the spontaneity of music and he does not look for a sorrowful position in it at any cost. He enriched the entire piece with freshness, style, tension and devoutness.

Lýdia Dohnalová

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