A handsome charmer sets out to make a fortune by marrying and murdering a succession of wealthy women in this British-American dark comedy. The man's plan proves a great success, until he hooks up with a female counterpart who is carefully planning a murder of her own.
This is another Biblical drama from Henry Koster (The Robe, 1953). Ruth's (Elana Eden) life is followed as she becomes a priestess for the Moabites, ruled over by a high priestess (Viveca Lindfors) whose character is not exactly holy. Ruth eventually falls in love with Mahlon (Tom Tryon) and converts to his faith. Once Mahlon dies, Ruth decides to escape with his mother Naomi (Peggy Wood) to Bethlehem, where her dramatic story and her love life continue.
Odense Symfoniorkester (Danmark 🇩🇰)
Budapesti Filharmóniai Társaság Zenekara
Gergely Madaras, Conductir
Boléro was given its first performance at the Paris Opéra on November 20, 1928. The premiere was acclaimed by a shouting, stamping, cheering audience in the midst of which a woman was heard screaming: “Au fou, au fou!” (“The madman! The madman!”). When Ravel was told of this, he reportedly replied: “That lady… she understood.”
Bamberger Symphoniker and Jakub Hrůša
Prague May 19, 2019
Má vlast is a set of six symphonic poems composed between 1874 and 1879 by the Czech composer Bedřich Smetana. While it is often presented as a single work in six movements and – with the exception of Vltava – is almost always recorded that way, the six pieces were conceived as individual works.
The first poem, Vyšehrad (The High Castle), composed between the end of September and 18 November 1874 and premiered on 14 March 1875, describes the Vyšehrad castle in Prague which was the seat of the earliest Czech kings.
Vltava, also known by its English title The Moldau, and the German Die Moldau, was composed between 20 November and 8 December 1874 and was premiered on 4 April 1875 under Adolf Čech. It is about 13 minutes long, and is in the key of E minor. In this piece, Smetana uses tone painting to evoke the sounds of one of Bohemia's great rivers.
The third poem was finished on 20 February 1875 and is named for the female warrior Šárka, a central figure in the ancient Czech legend of The Maidens' War. Šárka ties herself to a tree as bait and waits to be saved by the princely knight Ctirad, deceiving him into believing that she is an unwilling captive of the rebelling women. Once released by Ctirad, who has quickly fallen in love with her, Šárka serves him and his comrades with drugged mead and once they have fallen asleep she sounds a hunting horn: an agreed signal to the other women. The poem ends with the warrior maidens falling upon and murdering the sleeping men.
Z českých luhů a hájů which means "From Bohemia's woods and fields", is a depiction of the beauty of the Czech countryside and its people, the tone poem tells no real story. The first part is dedicated to the grandeur of the forest.
Tábor, which was finished on 13 December 1878 and premiered on 4 January 1880, is named for the city of Tábor in the south of Bohemia founded by the Hussites and serving as their center during the Hussite Wars.
Blaník was finished on 9 March 1879 and premiered on 4 January 1880. It is named for the mountain Blaník inside which a legend says that a huge army of knights led by St. Wenceslas sleep. The knights will awake and help the country in its gravest hour.