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In the presence of the members of the Comité d'Honneur:

H.E. Mr Jirí Havlík Ambassador of the Czech Republic
H.E. Mr Peter von Butler Ambassador of Germany
H.E. Mrs Brenda B. Schoonover, Chargé d'Affaires
    Embassy of the United States of America

« DVORAK and BRAHMS:  Creative friendship »

Lasne, 5 June 2004

Justus Grimm, violoncello
Daniel Bluhmenthal, piano

To celebrate the new Europe;
European-U.S. historical ties;  and
the 100 years of Antonín Dvorák,
who died on 1 May 1904 in Prague.

   General repetition in the afternoon of 5 June 2004.

Photo taken from one group of the audience (see above) towards the other group.

·The programme:  three sonatas

Antonín DVORÁK
Waldesruhe for violoncello
and piano (1891)

Bohuslav MARTINU - Sonata N° 2
for violoncello and piano (1941):
   Allegro commodo

Johannes BRAHMS - Sonata N° 2
in F Major for violoncello and piano,
Op. 99 (1886):
    Allegro vivace
    Adagio affetuoso
    Allegro passionato
    Allegro molto

Cecilia Jorgensen briefly introduced the composers and explained how each of the three sonatas were created.  Dvorák's special relations with Germany, England and America were emphasized to illustrate how great culture provides common bonds of understanding between countries.


Justus Grimm is first solo cellist at La Monnaie, the Royal Opera, Brussels and professor at the Chapelle Musicale Reine Elisabeth.  Born in Hamburg, he made his debut as solo cellist with the State Philharmonic Orchestra of Hamburg in 1993.

He is a laureate of the German competition Deutscher Musikrat and of other important competitions.


Daniel Blumenthal enjoys an international reputation as soloist, concert musician and chamber artist.  He is a laureate of several prestigious competitions including the Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition of Belgium.

Mr Blumenthal is professor in piano at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels; and guest professor at Thy Masterclass Chamber Music Festival, Denmark.

The programme handout with information about the composers is available on request.

Icons of
the Czech Republic
Czech Centre Brussels
Goethe Institut Brüssel
U.S. Embassy, Belgium

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