Musica Bohemica is a chamber ensemble with a tradition stretching back almost
thirty years. It has 13 main member musicians, but can be enlarged so than the
ensemble can make performances with more than 70 members, including the choir.
In consequence, the ensemble can interpret a broad range of music from peak
baroque to large oratorio forms of classicism, to contemporary music.
Interpretation and arrangements of anonymous and folk music are very specific
and unique. Various programs of thematic orientation have been created; for
example, Christmas and Easter concerts for young people (educational concerts),
etc. A major activity of the ensemble is of course recordings of different
repertoire on CD. The ensemble has already recorded 38 CD titles as well as
music for several films. The ensemble is also a frequent guest in different
countries throughout Europe.
Jaroslav Krček is the artistic leader, conductor and founder of the ensemble
Musica Bohemica. He is a multi-faceted musician; apart from conducting, he is
also a composer, plays a number of musical instruments, sings and even makes new
instruments for the ensemble's needs. Since his student years, Krček has shown
a particular interest in the folk tradition and along with this, in anonymous
works in Czech culture. This is a branch of music that Krček thoroughly
understands and to with he possesses a particulary strong emotional attachment.
His arrangements of folk songs are highly individual and, in comparison with
simple arrangements, are highly stylizet. Through this work, Jaroslav Krček
aims to awaken in his listeners an affection for folk and historical anonymous
music. He presents it in a living form, free from academic restraint but with a
spontaneity which fits this form of art, and he offers to his audience
artiscally polished performances thast achieve the most rigorous criteria.
The second main thread runs through in parallel with his interest in history and
folk songs: his own compositions in the symphonic, chamber and vocal genres. In
this area, Krček also has orthodox musical doctrine, nor become tied down by
predetermined rules. He has not given in attempted to compose music which would
beauty life, bring satisfaction and spiritual enrichment and thus captivate the
listeners. He is also very prolific conductor. He has recorded more than
50 CDs, including his historical music, his own compositions, and his
recordings of folk songs.