Today Andy and I did some more sightseeinge. We stayed in a flat in the heart of Prague and had an enjoyable time. In the afternoon I departed with Petr to Brno. Andy is heading back to New York in the morning and I am heading to Brno and then Vienna in the morning.
Brno is smaller than Prague, but also a musical and beautiful city. Petr took me on a tour of the Janacek Concert Hall. Petr has conducted many concerts there. Across the street was the Janacek Academy of Music where Petr studied music. Then we walked around Brno and to St. Peter and Paul Cathedral. There were rehearsals taking place there with the Czech National Choir (110 singers) and the Brno Philharmonic (80 players). The cathedral had great acoustics. Petr told me his father was the resident composer and organist at the cathedral for many years. While at the cathedral, we heard Rimskey-Korzakov's “Russian Easter: and Gounod's “Cecilian Mass” Absolutely enthralling!
We visited the Janacek Theatre – stunning ornate theatre with lots of detail. We then saw where Janacek lived when he was teaching music at the academy.
You must have guessed that Leos Janacek was a very popular composer who lived here. Perhaps some GPO Janacek demos are in order if anyone is up to it (not for the faint of heart).
When I return I will post pictures.