Maestro move: Norway signs a good Czech

Norway’s radio orchestra has appointed Petr Popelka chief conductor from 20/21.

Popelka, 33, is ranked with Tomas Netopil and Jakub Hrusa as leaders of the new Czech generation.


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    • Jakub Hrůša = no rhythm

      Other overrated Czech conductor = JB (r.i.p.)

      Vastly overrated Czech conductor = RK (r.i.p.)

      Best Czech conductor = Tomáš Hanus

      Best Czech conductor ever = Václav Talich

      • Jakub Hrůša: best rythm among contemporary conductors, he had the staid BBCSO bouncing like Czechs a couple of years ago at the Proms. Some of the players i chatted to loved it; now i would never miss any of his concerts.

        As for the others, not yet heard Hanus, heard RK several times, mixed opinion, but splendid at best. Haven’t you left out a truly great: KA, (Cz Phil 1950-1968)?

  • This guy is great, Popelka. Assistant principal Double Bass at Stadttskappele Dresden. Was at Mallorca competition. Great guy, great conductor.

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