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Vienna Philharmonic stars at Prague Spring International Music Festival / Radio Prague

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The Prague Spring international music festival gets underway on Friday at Prague's Obecní dům. The festival will traditionally open with Bedřich Smetana's My Country, this time featuring the world famous Vienna Philharmonic. Ruth Franková spoke to the head of Prague Spring, Roman Bělor, and asked him what was on the menu for the 72nd edition of the event. "Of course I have to mention the fact that we succeeded some years ago to persuade the Vienna Philharmonic to play Smetana's Má Vlast and this excellent orchestra is going to be conducted by maestro Daniel Barenboim. So it is a fantastic opportunity to hear our own musical monument being presented by one of the world's leading orchestra under the baton of one the most important conductors. "But the festival contains almost 50 performances – recitals, early music concerts, as well as contemporary and experimental music. There will also be a special event at the National Technical Museum, so it is a really wide choice, I would say."