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Richard Pohl's News
Friday, 31 October 2008
Living like a piano
Mood:  amorous
Now Playing: Mexican music

"Life is like a piano... what you get out of it depends on how you play it." (Tom Lehrer)

Dear friends and fans,

I had more than important concert work lately, so I have to apologize for another long gap in my writing... Our "1st Janacek - Revueltas Composition Award 2008" in the end went into incredibly succesful results, while during the Czech part we were able to perform both opening and closing galaconcerts in Prague and during the tour appear also in Brno, another important city of our country.

I am going to make a nice presentation about the whole tour, and for sure will publish a sort of brief recollection here; so far I can only link (again) our project page at www.skarka-pohl.com/projects.html

The photo gallery is available at www.richardpohl.net/jr2008 and a brand-new video gallery at http://richardpohl.blip.tv

Again, thank you for all your sweet messages; I really appreciate your interest in my music and shall keep you informed at least via that blog. I also improved our website very much, adding much more new video-clips. Hope you like them, do not hesitate to put comments to my guestbook.

So, that's all for now. Stay tuned, more music coming soon!

With my heartful wishes,

Richard


Posted by Richard Pohl at 10:09 AM MEST
Updated: Tuesday, 18 May 2010 5:18 PM MEST
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Wednesday, 1 October 2008
Reminiscence of the Vocal Competition - Katarzyna Mackiewicz in the Czech Republic
Mood:  not sure
Now Playing: Music, what else...

"A hint - don't paint too much direct from nature. Art is an abstraction! study nature then brood on it and treasure the creation which will result, which is the only way to ascend towards God - to create like our Divine Master." (Paul Gauguin)

Going a little back, I would like to recall the 1st year of the International Vocal Competition in Zdar nad Sazavou, which seems like the most tough and at the same time exhilarating experience in music of my life (well, at least till that time).

Just one weekend in the little charming city of the Czech Rebublic and over 30 competitors gathering around. As I was the official accompanist, I got aquainted with them soon and supervised their preparation. And what needes to be added, most of them showed really amazing skills in the end, and the winners was just excellent.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This photo comes from the concert of the award winners. The first prize came to Ireland, to a rising star of the Irish opera, only 22 years old mezzo-soprano Tara Erraught. Pupil of Veronica Dunne, she actually clearly resembles Cecilia Bartoli, both by her amazing technique and powerful expression.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Great new for us, the second place stayed in our country, and coloratura soprano Olga Jelinkova clearly deserved it. After presenting Zerbinetta and Lucia di Lammermoor with precise diction, confident high testitura and superb handling of all fiorituras, she was clear award winner from the beginning of the contest.

 

                                                                                                      

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Well, and last but not the least, Katarzyna Mackiewicz, beautiful Polish soprano got the third award. There was of course a couple of special awards coming to the various participants (Vera Likerova, Lucie Brozikova, Janette Zsigova and others) and also there was award for taking part in the following "Mitsubishi Tour" with me and Jakub Pustina in September.  And this prize was given to Katarzyna Mackiewicz.

Mitsubishi Tour? Well, we were granted with a brand new Mitsubishi for the whole tour (see the image below). And we did seven concerts around the whole country, which were greatly acclaimed. Katarzyna Mackiewicz is not only excellent soprano, graduating this year Conservatory in St. Petersbourg, but also amazingly gifted stage artist. She already graces the audience in Mariinsky Theatre (Young Singers Academy) and the theatre in Warsaw. She is especially skilled for the operetta, but also excells in both Polish and Russina repertoire. I definitely enjoyed working with her and hope we could embark on more mutual projects in the future.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  You can watch a video clip from the tour here:

http://www.last.fm/music/Katarzyna+Mackiewicz/+videos/12523465 

Well, you can also listen to the audio recordings at last.fm Just search for the artists Katarzyna Mackiewicz and Jakub Pustina.

And the following competition? The second annual is going to be very exciting for the one, who is going to win it... Since the first prize is nothing less than a new car Skoda Fabia. Not joking!

See the official website for more information: www.pustinacompetition.cz


Posted by Richard Pohl at 7:09 AM MEST
Updated: Tuesday, 18 May 2010 9:06 AM MEST
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Tuesday, 30 September 2008
Mario Zhang and Jana Dolezilkova - The Opera Couple for This Century
Mood:  crushed out
Now Playing: Still the same ;)

"A kiss is a lovely trick designed by nature to stop speech when words become superfluous." (Ingrid Bergmann)

Well, never put multiple entries in the same day before, but everything should be the first time once...

Mario Zhang and Jana Dolezilkova. Possibly in the near future those few words will be enough to imply a synonyme for excellent partnership both on stage and behind the curtains. Harmonious collaboration of two matured artists (the man being in that case much more experienced and of course well-known, but the lady's time seems to be coming right now) and their affection for the music as well as for each other proved to be fruitful combination bringin the most impressive results.

We had two very significant gigs together. Actually, both of them were benefits and incidentally, also open air. First one took place at the shrine of Maria Hilf near the Polish boarders and it was held for raising funds for saving the church in Horni Udoli. See the pictures from the event below. The concert was more then enjoyable and we were granted by a standing ovation by the audience.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

But the next concert, that was really a memmorable event. The open air performance as well, but for a bigger audience (around 400 people) and with much more opulent presentation. This benefit took place in Ostrava and the funds were used for building a new kindergarten in the local part of the city. The concert was highlighted by celebrities taking part, including current Czech Vice-Beauty, Zuzana Putnarova. The line-up completed a young violin prodigy, Marie Korpasova. There is defintely more to be said about the event, but let the images speak for themselves....

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am going to post here links for the video recording of the event soon so stay connected!

Best regards to all of you and thanks for your nice messages. For those I added at Facebook, Hi5 or MySpace and didnt have time to reply so far I have to apologize, but being on the concert road almost without break lately, I cannot do much better. Thank you for your understanding and have a nice time with the best music!

 


Posted by Richard Pohl at 8:04 AM MEST
Updated: Saturday, 15 November 2008 11:54 AM CET
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Sunday, 27 July 2008
Lot of exciting news
Mood:  amorous
Now Playing: Opera, Contemporary Mexican music, Accompaniments

"Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind; And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind." (William Shakespeare)

Dear friends,

let me apologize for the long silence. In the previous months I've found myself occupied with plenty of both professional and personal issues and couldn't find a single minute to write to the blog... Well, even though my affairs are not solved at all and considering the fact I have the most busy "holidays" of my life It is just the need to share the information about my recent events as I promised and didn't keep for long, to be honest.

Well, to take it step by step, I went through rather turbulent times of hard-work, finding myself on the beginning of May in Belgium, touring with Jakub Pustina and just a week after coming back serving as the only one accompanist of the 1st International Vocal Competition Zdar nad Sazavou. Meeting charming and gifter singers was just a pleasure, to work 14 hours a day with only few short breaks was not that nice. Well, stretching hard makes one's muscles strong... For more information about the contest, please see the official page www.pustinacompetition.cz

I also prepared my solo recital with the Magic Quartet featuring (thanks to all who took part in our poll for choosing the proper name for the ensemble), where I also performed very nice work by my talented friend, Mexican composer Edgar Omar Rojas Ruiz. If interested, listen to some excerpts from the event here: http://www.last.fm/music/Richard+Pohl/The+Chamber+Evening+%28featuring+The+Magic+Quartet%29

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Speaking about my dear friend Omar, there was another wonderful collaboration of us, and that was the premiere of his multimedial opera, La Llorona. Based on well-known Mexican legend, the performance was entirely standing on a single soloist, Mexican mezzo-soprano Amanda Sundberg Perez. Charming guest star proved her level by studying the complete score in less than two weeks. Working with her was immense pleasure and I hope we could do more collaboration in the future for she is not only great musician, but also an amazing human being. After all, applause for her and the chamber orchestra led by Petr Lichnovsky as well as Mr. composer was more than eloquent.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Also our another project of the 1st International Janacek-Revueltas Award brought impressive results. All winners submitted works of surprisingly high quality. All information about the project and its events shall be published at the official site www.skarka-pohl.com/projects.html Also we are proud on the official support of CIEM, Janacek Academy of Music, Mexican embassy in CR as well as Hudebni Rozhledy, prestigious Czech music magazine, taking the official medial partnership of our festival. Now we keep our work to prepare the best possible renditions of all the pieces to be premiered.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I would like to post here further information and also some more images soon. I am right in the middle of rehearsals for various other concerts, so hope to keep you informed.

Well, my life stays within the music for music is life and art shall prevail after our short staying on the Earth would pass... But still, I believe it is not only about that. If there was not real joy within experiencind being itself, there wouldn't be real reason for carrying on with our burdens. In those moments I recall how Janina Fialkowska was describing Arthur Rubinstein's usual attitude towards life... They were once together going trough the traffic in the New York City in quite late evening... Rubinstein was all the time full of energy, suggesting even going to movies while being almost blind. But then once, sitting in cab, he said with a sorrow in his voice: "I am depressed..." She started trying to consolate him (as he had really terrible times broking his marriage and losing his sight what definitely finished his long-time music career), but he replied with sort of wise smile: "No, no, it's fine... I enjoy being depressed!"

I wish you could allways find reason to smile even in difficult times. And hope there will be allways someone to keep you up. Have a good time friends, enjoy our new performances available online as well as a lot of new videos on our Youtube channel (pohlpiano).

Sincerely best wishes, Richard.

P.S: After being Facebooker and occupying also MySpace and Last.fm I recently joined also the Hi5 network. Find my profile at http://richardpohl.hi5.com


Posted by Richard Pohl at 12:09 PM MEST
Updated: Sunday, 27 July 2008 2:08 PM MEST
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Friday, 23 May 2008
Recent concert news
Mood:  happy
Now Playing: Schubert - Liszt transcriptions

"There is nothing more dreadful than the imagination without taste." (Johann Wolfgang Goethe)

Dear friends and fans,

time had passed and I  went through another interesting time, full of personal changes and also changes in my business life... being offered some important positions in many music institutions I have to consider whether I would stay living only from my performing art (and my private classes) or could once again join staff of some music faculty.

Nonetheless, we got couple of great events lately with my cherished colleagues, including live performance at the "Slovanska epopej" (Slavic mystery) gallery of Alfons Mucha and espeially the benefit concert at the Shrine of Maria Hilf, raising over 27 000 for the victims of the flood. At least once in my lifetime I feel I´ve been doing something for others and it is not bad feeling at all.

I hope to post pictures and possibly some new recordings and videos soon as I keep preparing for some summer festivals next month, all of which should be recorded, too. You may be surprised, but the next season I will also engage on several projects from the popular music area, and perhaps the fruits could lead even in some cross-over commercial release. We will see.

With all my best to all of you and many thanks for all your sweet messages, in those time they had really kept me going on!

Yours faithfully,

Richard

P.S.: Do not forget to check out the complete information about our recent Mexican tour, including video clips, photo gallery and and more!

www.skarka-pohl.com/janacek-revueltas


Posted by Richard Pohl at 7:25 AM MEST
Updated: Tuesday, 18 May 2010 5:19 PM MEST
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Monday, 3 March 2008
Important Announcement
Mood:  celebratory
Now Playing: Janacek

"All thoughts, all passions, all delights Whatever stirs this mortal frame All are but ministers of Love And feed His sacred flame." (Samuel Taylor Coleridge)

 

Duo Skarka-Pohl proudly announces: 

The International Project
1st Compostition Award Janacek-Revueltas
(Czech Republic - Mexico)
2008
With the main purpose to contribute to the cultural exchange between the Czech Republic and Mexico, and in order to help to the international promotion of Czech and Mexican young high quality musicians, it was created the “Composition award Janacek Revueltas” as the result of the addition of the efforts of the Centro de Investigación y Estudios de la Música CIEM (Mexico City), the Duo Skarka – Pohl (Czech Republic), and the CIEM’s Ex alumni Network.

On its first edition 2008, the competition is open to all the student community of the Centro de Investigación y Estudios de la Música who would be cursing the undergraduate level of the Licentiate in Music Composition.

An event of this importance could not miss the presence of high quality and professionally experienced performers as the Duo Skarka – Pohl, which will be proudly representing to the Czech Republic in the Latin American musical scene.

The addition of the young musical talent of our nations, and a production management integrated by experienced personalities of the artistic media of both countries, plus the fresh music - management vision of the young people working in this competition, are turning to the “First composition award Janacek - Revueltas 2008” in an excellent chance to show off the high quality of the performing arts existing in Mexico and the Czech Republic.

Posted by Richard Pohl at 12:25 AM CET
Updated: Sunday, 9 March 2008 8:47 AM CET
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Sunday, 2 March 2008
Exciting News
Mood:  energetic
Now Playing: Janacek: On an Overgrown Path

"Sex is one of the nine reasons for reincarnation. The other eight are unimportant." (Henry Miller)

Dear friends and fans,

I  would like to let you know how much I appreciate your interests and I hope I didn´t forget to reply on any message you sent me, either via e-mail, guestbook, MySpace or Facebook. I am really glad that you are supporting my artistic work for you all are the reason why I am devoting my days to the services of the musical art.

There was a lot happening around me recently. First, we had a wonderful concert in Klimkovice, with Jana and Mario. To see pictures from the event, please, visit the following link (you shall need to have Adobe Flash installed first).

http://www1.osu.cz/~mholesi1/Fotodokument/2008-02-10_Klimkovice/

Just some samples for those who couldn't access the page:

 

 

 

 

 

I also had appeared on stage with a superb Czech soprano Lenka Zaricka and was invited to record with Ondrej Koplik, experienced Czech tenor. We will do couple of projects together with Jan Stava as well, hopefully soon. My list of collaborators will include also very gifted mezzo Petra Hlavackova.

Well, and what more? The most important thing is of course the Mexico Project. We had a gathering of the production staff in Prague and everything seems developing very nicely, so I start to believe we can do it as we planned.

We also finally recorded our profile CD with Josef. Hope that it is going to be released soon. Please, for information about project and CD, visit our official pages at www.skarka-pohl.com

Wish you a nice weekend and see you soon,

Sincerely yours Richard. 


Posted by Richard Pohl at 9:00 AM CET
Updated: Sunday, 27 July 2008 2:02 PM MEST
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Friday, 25 January 2008
Richard Pohl in Concert
Mood:  lazy
Now Playing: Resting before a flood of work

"What we call the beginning is often the end. And to make an end is to make a beginning. The end is where we start from." (Thomas Stearns Eliott)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Richard Pohl is going to step on concert road with a couple of singers soon. Here is a list of his musical partners for upcoming touring:

Josef Skarka, bass (www.josefskarka.com)

(Duo Skarka-Pohl shall record their first CD next month, more info soon) 

Mario Zhang, tenor (http://www.last.fm/music/Mario+Zhang)

Jana Dolezilkova, soprano (www.janadolezilkova.com)

Eliska Weissova, mezzo-soprano (http://www.last.fm/music/Eliska+Weissova)

Lenka Zaricka, soprano (http://www.last.fm/music/Lenka+Zaricka)

Marta Reichelova, soprano

Jan Stava, bass (http://www.last.fm/music/Jan+Stava)

Jaroslav Dvorsky, tenor (http://www.last.fm/music/Jaroslav+Dvorsky)

Petr Volny, tenor

There are also other ongoing projects, all the information should be post here soon.


Posted by Richard Pohl at 10:54 PM CET
Updated: Monday, 27 October 2008 7:57 PM MEST
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Tuesday, 22 January 2008
Christmas Reflections
Mood:  rushed
Now Playing: Plenty and plenty of music

"Love is a friendship set to music." (E. Joseph Kossman)

Recent tour was very succesful, according to press and audience responses. Highlights included performances in Jesenik and Prague featuring excellent soprano Jana Dolezilkova and world-class tenor Mario Zhang. Richard also appeared in Mozart´s Concerto accompanied by Sinfonia Chamber Orchestra. The performed pieces included also world premiere of medley-arrangement of Czech carols by Mexican composer Omar Rojas.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Listen to Mozart on Last.fm:

 

http://www.last.fm/music/Richard+Pohl/Mozart%3A+Concerto+in+E+flat+major+KV449+-+Andantino

There was also performance of Duo Skarka-Pohl in Prague' s festival Trideni plus. Listen to the piece by Kopecky on Last.fm:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.last.fm/music/Duo+Skarka-Pohl/Dream+%28live+in+Prague%29

 

 

 

 

 

Richard also performed with magnificient mezzo-soprano Eliska Weissova, soloist in National Theatres of Prague and Pilsen. The recital consisted of demanding repertoire and was greatly received.


Posted by Richard Pohl at 11:55 AM CET
Updated: Sunday, 27 July 2008 2:05 PM MEST
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Thursday, 3 January 2008
Buy a new recording by Duo Skarka-Pohl - Jubilee Recital
Mood:  a-ok
Now Playing: Opera and JanacekA's Our Evenings

"Sex without love is a meaningless experience, but as far as meaningless experiences go its pretty damn good." (Woody Allen)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Duo Skarka-Pohl has performed a succesful recital in Modrice´s Town Hall. The recording from that concert was just released and now is available for a bargain price on one of the most known music-download´s service, 7digital. 

Follow the link to get all the charming songs by Dvorak, Janacek or Tchaikovsky:

http://indiestore.7digital.com/skarkapohl

You can also listen to the selected pieces on the Last.fm Broadcast:

http://www.last.fm/music/Duo+Skarka-Pohl/The+Jubilee+Recital

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Duo Skarka-Pohl now prepare more performances, including Prague (23th January) and Jesenik (to be anounced). Of course we will inform you soon about the international project with co-operation of CIEM (Mexican Music University).


Posted by Richard Pohl at 7:32 PM CET
Updated: Sunday, 27 July 2008 1:56 PM MEST
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Tuesday, 25 December 2007
Pohl, Reichelova and Volny joined on the stage
Mood:  chillin'
Now Playing: Janacek and Carols
"Love is an irresistible desire to be irresistibly desired."
(Robert Frost)
 
Richard Pohl will accompany two marvellous singers in Mikulovice´s St. Nicolaus Church on 26th December. For more information about the event, follow the link:
 
 
We will publish also some more information about Richard´s recent Christmas Tour with pictures and recordings as well.

Posted by Richard Pohl at 4:11 PM CET
Updated: Tuesday, 25 December 2007 4:19 PM CET
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Monday, 24 December 2007
Wish you a Merry Christmas
Mood:  lyrical
Now Playing: Christmas Music

Dear friends,

let me wish you a Merry Christmas, celebrated in peace in the circle of your relatives, your families, partners and all the others, which are particularly close to you; with all those people we often do not take as much care as we want. Some of you may spend your time far away from your home, some of you even in foreing countries, studying, working or on a concert tours - I wish at least you weren´t lonely and hope your path will take you home once again.

And for the upcoming New Year I wish it was full of pleasant, beautiful and inspiring experiences. The most I wish you is a strong health and also enough of enthusiasm, optimism and a sheer joy of life. And if you perhaps experienced some troubles recently, I wish the New Year would bring you more hapiness in return. Well, all of us sometimes feel like being born in an unlucky star... In such moment we should remember there is a plenty of those, who suffer more. Some of them fortunately knows the cure for that. They know we should be able to find beauties in the little things and so we should give it a try as well.

For those, who devote their lives to the service of beautiful music I wish it brought you still more pleasure and fulfillment and I hope you are going to be succesful in the field of art. Just please, don´t be academic, even when you are future Bachelors, Masters or even Doctors ;)

I´d like to finish with a petite quotation by a great artist and a passionated lover of life:

"Love the life and life will love you back." (Arthur Rubinstein)

So let´s try to believe it´s true.

All the best, Merry XMas and Happy New Year :)

Richard Pohl.


Posted by Richard Pohl at 9:47 PM CET
Updated: Sunday, 27 July 2008 1:36 PM MEST
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Tuesday, 13 November 2007
Duo Skarka-Pohl to roam the world
Mood:  mischievious
Now Playing: Accompaniments...

"Sir, I admit your general rule,
That every poet is a fool,
But you yourself may serve to show it,
That every fool is not a poet."
(Samuel Taylor Coleridge)

Duo Skarka-Pohl was invited to perform at more abroad festivals, highlights included Italy and Mexico. Wish it is going to be fulfilled according to our expectation (last invitation to the Monte Negro failed due to lack of country´s financial support for the event).

We would like to invite all music lovers to our jubilee recital in Brno-Modrice. The program will include our staple horses (Dvorak, Janacek, Cajkovsky) so you can expect enjoyable experience.

Richard Pohl is also going to play few gigs with Jakub Pustina, whom he accompanied at the Antonin Dvorak Competition in Karlsbad last week. Receiving second prize in the Opera level, artist seemed more than satisfied with the result. Next concert is going to take place on Tuesday, 20th Novemeber in Konice.

We all hope to see you in our concerts and wish you all the best.


Posted by Richard Pohl at 11:13 AM CET
Updated: Sunday, 27 July 2008 2:10 PM MEST
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Friday, 5 October 2007
The Dream comes true
Mood:  lucky
Now Playing: Bach Well-tempered on something well-distuned

"Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies."
(Aristotle)

And in the musical world there is equal relationship between two artists  whose opinions and attitude are like mirror to each other; they both are inspiring each other and thus creates performances which are always better then before.

This is what I allways fell whenever any event with Josef comes out.  As he influenced me, I influenced him, and we both find that beneficial. And now we are more matured, too; maybe the opportunities to perform with other artists made us more sensitive to the way we do things - we already created our specific performing style.

In Prague, 24th September we again gave a recital of songs. This time quite special one - it was based upon an invitation of the Dvorak Society. See the original poster:

So there was Tchaikovsky, Haas, Kopecky and Dvorak. It was real pleasure to be praised by members of the society as a performers overcoming even the legendary reading by Ivan Kusnjer. And Mr. Kopecky, composer of the song Dream, which was performed at his presence was more than satisfied, too. He invited us to show it again during Prague festival Trideni, dedicated to the contemporary music solely.

 

And Mrs. Penkavova from the Essential Club kindly invited us to perform recital of Czech music for them during the next season. For information about the club, see www.essentialclub.cz

I hope our next recital in Brno will be as fulfilling and satisfying performance as this one. Ah, viva la musica!

 


Posted by Richard Pohl at 2:46 PM MEST
Updated: Sunday, 27 July 2008 2:11 PM MEST
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Tuesday, 2 October 2007
Duo Skarka-Pohl in concert
Mood:  lyrical
Now Playing: Nothing, still...

"The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed." (Carl Gustav Jung)

Well, me and Josef were definitely transformed during the time we were working toghether. Benefities of our mutual enrichment were highly appreciated by both Vlastimil Lejsek (Czech pianist and composer on the picture below) and Antonin Dvorak Society for which we performed our recent Art Song recitals. About the latter I will provide more detailed information later, as well as the pictures from that satisfying Prague performance. Pleased Maestro also asked for some performance of his own ouevre in the future.


Posted by Richard Pohl at 10:36 PM MEST
Updated: Sunday, 27 July 2008 2:12 PM MEST
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Last Pustina Tour unexpectedly succesful and pleasant experience
Mood:  celebratory
Now Playing: Tired of music at least for one evening...

"Clarity of mind means clarity of passion, too; this is why a great and clear mind loves ardently and sees distinctly what it loves." (Blaise Pascal)

Dear friends and fans,

I am terribly sorry for not having enough time to respond to all of your sweet  messages. However, I was more than busy recently, performing on various venues and occasions, including two recitals with Josef Skarka, one little solo performance and a new tour with Jakub Pustina, this time highlighted by special guest star appearance of Rena Fujii, a magnificient Japanese soprano.

Rena Fujii has been gifted with a tremendous voice, rich and vibrant in high register with sweet and light colour, perfectly suited for coloratura and bel canto arias. Her exceptional voice is coupled with demanding and precise sense of perfection, shape od the phrase coupled with unimitable delicacy in detail, spontaneously improvised on the spot. She is already more then experienced artist with appearances on both concert and opera stages in Germany, Austria, Poland or Slovakia, yet she is modest and warm person, and needless to say, a beautiful and charming young lady which is a pleasure to meet. For more information on that young star singer, visit following link:  http://www.last.fm/music/Rena+Fujii

Jakub chose a well-ballanced program for the tour and considering the almost dozen of the concert audiences we met on the road, we must say they responded very warmly to it (there were serious arias by Verdi or Gounod coupled with more popular programme like Lippen Schweigen and Libiamo duets or a smashing rendition of Estuans Interius from Carmina Burana by Jakub). Applause, numerous bows, "bravo" shouting, encores and even standing ovations (Nove Mesto, Humpolec, Bystrice pod Hostynem) speak for themselves.

Enthusiaistic reviews appeared also in the newspapers, including first page on Trebic News as seen on the picture.



The CD from the Tour is to be released in November - you can order it via www.pustinashop.cz It will include selected pieces from the tour as well as other tracks featuring also bass Jan Kucera. Everything, once again, accompanied by Richard Pohl.


Posted by Richard Pohl at 9:41 PM MEST
Updated: Sunday, 27 July 2008 2:19 PM MEST
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Wednesday, 5 September 2007
Duo Skarka-Pohl to Celebrate Lejsek Anniversary
Mood:  energetic
Now Playing: Everything from Beethoven to Lehar

"Revolutions are celebrated when they are no longer dangerous." (Pierre Boulez)

Duo Skarka-Pohl is going to pay its hommage to one of the greatest Czech pianists-composers Maestro Vlastimil Lejsek. They were invited to perform special concert for his 80th anniversary.

The event will take place at Lejsek´s private residence at Rejviz.  Both artists will perform the same program scheduled for their recital in Antonin Dvorak´s Museum of Prague in following week.


Posted by Richard Pohl at 5:45 PM MEST
Updated: Sunday, 27 July 2008 2:13 PM MEST
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Pustina Tour Hits The Road Again
Mood:  loud
Now Playing: Don Pasquale

"Music can name the unnamable and communicate the unknowable" (Leonard Bernstein)

Richard Pohl is going to step on the road with Jakub Pustina once again! This tour will be a special one, featuring a magnificient guest star Rena Fujii, a formidable Japanese soprano.

Tour is going to take road round the whole country, including major cities like Prague, Hradec Kralove or Trebic.

For more information, see www.jakubpustina.cz . Hope to see you all on the tour. Wink


Posted by Richard Pohl at 5:30 PM MEST
Updated: Sunday, 27 July 2008 2:13 PM MEST
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Saturday, 1 September 2007
Richard Pohl joins the MySpace!
Mood:  cheeky
Now Playing: Opera and Musical

"Now nature is not at variance with art, nor art with nature; they being both the servants of his providence. Art is the perfection of nature. Were the world now as it was the sixth day, there were yet a chaos. Nature hath made one world, and art another. In brief, all things are artificial; for nature is the art of God." (Sir Thomas Browne)

Hello, dear friends and fans! How are you doing all the time? Thank you for your messages, I am trying to reply at all of them as soon as possible and if I did not, it is quite possible I hadn't received the message. Unfortunately, such messages sometimes end up in the spam bin.

I have news for you! I've just joined MySpace, so if you have a MySpace account, don´t forget to leave a message. Would be happy to add you among my friends.

I put here direct links for my MySpace and Youtube accounts:

http://myspace.com/richardpohl

http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=pohlpiano

So, see us there soon. Wish you pleasant weekend and listen to the deeps of music ! 


Posted by Richard Pohl at 6:56 AM MEST
Updated: Sunday, 27 July 2008 2:14 PM MEST
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Thursday, 16 August 2007
Over and over again
Mood:  caffeinated
Now Playing: Mozart's Concerto in E flat major KV 449

"The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of the child into old age, which means never losing your enthusiasm." (Victor Hugo)

Again writing to the blog just after a whole month of absence. I ought to apologize, but as it happens, there were important duties, even more alert than my musical work. Now it´s over already and I've begun to polish my pieces again. I am going to perform charming concerto by Mozart (KV 449) what makes me the most happy, as you can obviously imagine. Already had first appointment with the conductor, which made the best impression on me.  So hope the collaboration would be a fruitful one. Next performance is scheduled on 8th of December and I am excited about it even now, couple of months before the event.

And as you should know, there is great work in prepare - the concert  tour with Jakub and a recital with Josef. See http://skarka-pohl.tripod.com and www.jakubpustina.cz to find all information.

Wishing all the best to you and thanks heartfully for your kind messages here and on Youtube. Let the music wash your soul ! 

P.S.: Here is my promotion... OK, next one just in two years. I passed through and will continue my studies at the Master degree.


Posted by Richard Pohl at 7:41 PM MEST
Updated: Sunday, 27 July 2008 2:15 PM MEST
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