František Brikcius


Under the auspices of Sir Tom Stoppard and Václav Havel
110th anniversary of the birth of the Jewish writer Jiří Weil


Irena Kosíková:
ballet MAKANNA for voice, cello and orchestra (2010) based on the novel "Makanna - The Father of Miracles" by Jiří Weil (1900-1959) - premiere

I. Makanna - the Rise

- Bahchee singer describing Makanna

II. Makanna - the Prophet

- Bahchee singer describing the miracle from Baghdad

III. Makanna - the Fall

Jan Talich - Conductor
Jan Židlický - Narrator
František Brikcius - Cello
Talich Chamber Orchestra


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Prague, Monday 24th May 2010, 7.30pm, Convent of St Agnes of Bohemia (U Milosrdných 17, Praha 1) - Invitation - František Brikcius: Czech Cellist - poster "MAKANNA"  (Jiří Weil, Irena Kosíková, Sir Tom Stoppard, Václav Havel, Jan Talich, Jan Židlický, Talich Chamber Orchestra & František Brikcius)

  Project "Makanna" commemorates the 110th anniversary of the birth of one of the most important Czech writers, Jiří Weil, in the form of a concert performance of the ballet based on his novel Makanna - The Father of Miracles. This novel describes the rise and fall of a historical person - a false prophet from the 7th century. … "Excavated from ancient times, the alien oriental word becomes in this novel a living, historical, colourful picture reminding us of not-so-distant tyranny. The novel Makanna was written in 1940 and published under a cover name in 1941, whose owner was tortured to the death in Mauthausen."

Jiří Weil (*6. 8. 1900 - †13.12. 1959) - zapůjčeno archívem Památníku národního písemnictví Jiří Weil

  Novelist, literary critic, reporter, translator and publicist Jiří Weil was born on 6th August 1900 in Praskolesy u Hořovic. After his graduation in 1919, he studied Slavonic Philology and Comparative Literature at the FF UK. He completed his studies with a PhD in 1928. From 1922 he made several visits to the USSR where between 1933 and 1935 he worked as a translator and publicist; later, after he was expelled from the KSČ, he spent six months in Central Asia (Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and elsewhere). During World War Two he refused Jewish transports, he spent time in hiding, he was arrested, for five months he lived unregistered in a hospital, he staged a false suicide and until the end of the war he lived in illegality. From 1946-1949 he was redactor at the ELK publishing house and from 1950-1958 a science employee of the Jewish Museum in Prague. In his work you can find his experience of the time he spent in the USSR and of his visits to Germany, Switzerland, France and Poland. He was a member of Devětsil, Blok, SČS (expelled in 1951, again readmitted in 1956). He published in Časopis českého muzea, in Kmen, Avantgarda, Literární noviny (30th and 2nd half of 40th), LN, Nový život, Host do domu, Věstník Židovské obce náboženské … . He is mentioned in the Jewish Yearbooks. He translated works by Russian writers and co-edited an edition of "Children's paintings on the Death stop. Terezín 1942-1944" (1959). He wrote many short stories and novels, including Moskva-hranice (1937, 2nd edition 1969 was forbidden), Dřevěná lžíce (1938), Makanna, otec divů (1946), Barvy (1946), Život s hvězdou (1949), Harfeník (1958), Žalozpěv za 77 297 obětí (1958) and Na střeše je Mendelssohn (1960). He died on 13th December 1959 in Prague. In 2010 we commemorate the 110th anniversary of his birth.

Irena Kosíková
Irena Kosíková

  Czech organist and composer Irena Kosíková was born in Prague into the intellectual family of the prohibited philosopher Karel Kosík and literarary scientist Růžena Grebeníčková, the Herder prize laureate. She began her organ studies with Prof. Jan Hora, together with piano lessons given by Prof. Eliška Kleinová and Prof. Arnoštka Grünfeldová. Irena Kosíková studied organ performance (Prof. Jaroslava Potměšilová) and conducting (with Prof. Karel Fiala) at Ježek's Conservatory. She was refused to further her studies for political reasons. She took private composition lessons with Prof. Miroslav Raichl. Finally after the Velvet Revolution she was accepted at the Janáček Academy of Music (JAMU) in Brno into the organ class of Prof. Alena Veselá and Prof. Kamila Klugarová. She graduated at the Academy of Music (HAMU) in Prague, under the guidance of Prof. Josef Popelka. Irena Kosíková now gives organ concerts and is also intensively composing. Her works have been performed in the Czech Republic, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Belgium, Bulgaria, Germany, Israel, Poland, Russia, Turkey, Sweden and the United Kingdom. As an organist she specialises in the interpretation of organ works written by Johann Sebastian Bach: including performances of the complete Organ Toccatas, Voluntaries, Leipzig Chorals, The Art of Fugue, Organ Mass. More on .

Jan Talich

  Jan Talich studied at the Prague Conservatory and later at the Prague Academy of Music under Václav Snítil. He received scholarships to further his education in both the USA with Shmuel Ashkenasi and then with Yfrah Neaman at the Guildhall School of Music in England. In 1989 he won 1st prize at the Václav Huml International Violin Competition in Zagreb, which launched his international solo career, playing with orchestras and giving recitals throughout Europe and the USA. Jan Talich has recorded several solo CDs of Czech music, as well as Beethoven and Mozart concertos. He regularly gives masterclasses both at home and abroad: in Telč, Dijon, Angers, Prades and the Conservatoire Superieur in Paris. With the Talich Quartet he has performed to great acclaim, regularly touring the major venues of Japan, South America, Mexico and South Korea. As well as conducting his own orchestra since its foundation he has, in the last few years, begun to broaden his career as a conductor. He is now increasingly asked to work as a guest conductor with many other orchestras in the Czech Republic and abroad. Since 2008/09 he has been chief conductor of Jihočeská komorní filharmonie. Jan Talich plays violins J. Gagliana 1780 and  A.Stradivarius 1729. Visit . - František Brikcius: český violoncellista, Talichův komorní orchestr & Jan Talich: dirigent - Koncert "7 Svící" (Praha, Klášter sv. Anežky české - NG, 2006)
Jan Židlický

  Jan Židlický was born in 1949 in Prague. He graduated at Husova bohoslovecká fakulta. His first placement was CČSH parish in Hostomice pod Brdy. Pastoral work of Jan Židlický ended StB Beroun. Following years he worked at heater room, at cemetery in Nový Bor, in factory Velox Všeradice, in "výměník" of Pražské teplárny, in Orlické Hory Museum (OMOH). After revolution in 1989 he was chief of culture department at the Rychnov nad Kněžnou office. Since 2000 Jan Židlický is priest of CČSH at the Church of St. Jan Křtitel na Prádle in Prague.
Jan Židlický
František Brikcius

  Czech cellist František Brikcius chose to dedicate his life to the interpretation of cello compositions written by composers of the 17th, 18th, 19th, 20th and 21st century, with special consideration given to the compositions for cello solo. He also allows himself time to concentrate on works by Czech, Terezín and contemporary composers. František Brikcius plays a "George Kriwalski" cello made in the 1904. Together with his sister Anna Brikcius, he is a founder member of the "Duo Brikcius". Music cooperation with Talich chamber orchestra, pianist Tomáš Víšek, composer Irena Kosíková and conductor Jan Talich Concert tours "Brikcius Cello Tour 2007", "Weinberger Tour" and "Duo Brikcius - 2 Cellos Tour" in Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Czech republic, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Russia, Sweden, Turkey and United Kingdom. More information about František Brikcius and his projects ("Prague - Brno: 6 Contemporary composers for cello solo in the interpretation of František Brikcius", "Tartini's L'Arte dell'Arco in the interpretation of František Brikcius". "7 Candles", "Weinberger Tour", "Duo Brikcius - 2 Cellos Tour", "MAKANNA" & "eSACHERe") is available on websites . - Frantisek Brikcius: Czech cellist, Talich Chamber Orchestra & Jan Talich: conductor - Concert "7 Candles" (Prague, Convent of St Agnes of Bohemia - NG, 2006)
Talich Chamber Orchestra

  The Talich Chamber Orchestra was formed in 1992 by the violinist Jan Talich Jr., the great-nephew of the legendary Czech conductor Václav Talich. In recent years Jan Talich, as the orchestra’s artistic director, has been devoting a large part of his professional career to conducting the orchestra, whose members are graduates of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague and winners of numerous prizes internationally and at home. The orchestra’s members show a level of professionalism under the distinctive direction of Jan Talich that guarantees the highest quality of musical interpretation. The orchestra has received strong acclaim from both Czech and foreign critics and artists. The TCO performs regularly at a number of music festivals, such as the Prague Spring and the Prague Autumn international music festivals, the Český Krumlov Chamber Music Festival, the Prague Music Festival, and the Music Festival Talich's Beroun, and it also plays concerts abroad (in Spain, France, Switzerland, Belgium, Germany, Croatia and Italy). The TCO records CDs for Czech and foreign music companies (including the French EMI Records). On the 250th anniversary of the birth of the W.A. Mozart they recorded a new CD with compositions for violin and orchestra. The violin solos are played by Jan Talich. For more details visit . - František Brikcius: český violoncellista, Talichův komorní orchestr & Jan Talich: dirigent - Koncert "7 Svící" (Praha, Klášter sv. Anežky české - NG, 2006)

- Czech Cellist František Brikcius Newsletter: Interview with conductor and violinist Jan Talich
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Česky ... - František Brikcius: český violoncellista - Projekt "MAKANNA"  (Jiří Weil, Irena Kosíková & František Brikcius)

English ... - Frantisek Brikcius: Czech Cellist - Project "MAKANNA"  (Jiří Weil, Irena Kosíková & František Brikcius)