The Kühn Choir of Prague is one of the largest Czech choirs and has been part of the musical world for over 60 years. It devotes itself to the choral repertoire of all periods, and its activities include significant performances of contemporary music, performances of large vocal-instrumental works in collaboration with leading Czech orchestras and, last but not least, projects for the performance and recording of film music.

The choir takes its name from Pavel Kühn (1938–2003), an outstanding figure of the Czech choral tradition, who founded the ensemble in 1959.

The choir gradually established itself in concert halls and recording studios as a top ensemble focusing on a cappella works of Romanticism and on oratorio and cantata repertoire, which it has performed and continues to perform primarily in close cooperation with the Prague Symphony Orchestra FOK and its conductors (V. Smetáček, Z. Košler, Z. Mácal, J. Bělohlávek, V. Válek, P. Altrichter, L. Pe3šek, M. Turnovský, S. Baudo, and G. Delogu). The ensemble has also partnered with other prestigious symphonic ensembles, both domestic (Czech Philharmonic, Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, and the Prague Philharmonia, under conductors Sir Charles Mackerras, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Zubin Mehta, David Zinman, and Elli Jaffe) and foreign (Concertgebouw Orchestra, Tonhalle Orchester Zürich, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, etc.).

In the 1980s the choir was invited to join several projects of the Nederlands Dans Theater, participating in performances by choreographer Jiří Kylián with music by I. Stravinsky, M. Ravel, L. Janáček, B. Martinů, and P. Eben. The choir boasts a number of outstanding recordings spanning all style periods. These include the complete choral works of B. Martinů, the complete recording of Fibich’s Hippodamia trilogy, and Luboš Fišer’s opera Lancelot, among others.

The choir’s core activities have always included the recording of film music (e.g. Miloš Forman: The People vs. Larry Flynt or the music of Zdeněk Liška).

In 2009, the choir took part in the extensive two-year project Martinů Revisited, performing Bohuslav Martinů’s Polička cantatas at the Prague Spring Festival. A few months later, his Field Mass was performed at the festival Smetana´s Litomyšl.

Since 2014 the choir has been collaborating with the National Theatre Opera (D. Shostakovich: Orango, Antiforamlisticheskiy rajok, Michael Gordon/David Lang/Julia Wolfe: Lost Objects, B. Smetana: Libuše, G. Puccini: Turandot).

A distinctive feature of the choir is its association with contemporary composers. At its very first concert in 1959, the choir premiered Bohuslav Martinů’s cantata Mikesh from the Mountains, which the composer dedicated to the ensemble. Performing new music has always been one of the choir’s primary domains; since its inception, the ensemble has inspired the creation of many works by contemporary composers (Jan Novák, Václav Trojan, Luboš Fišer, Miloš Bok, Zdeněk Lukáš, Karel Růžička, Miloš Orson Štědroň, Jan Ryant Dřízal, Jakub Dvořáček, etc.).

The choir is an active organizer and initiator of its own cultural events and thematic projects. These include an annual choral concert series that has run since 2009, and the Let’s Sing and Platform for Singing projects supported by Norwegian

Albums

Voices of Earth and Air Vol IV

Release Date: September 9, 2022
Catalog Number: NV6465
21st Century
Vocal Music
Choir
Navona Records presents VOICES OF EARTH AND AIR VOL IV, a choral celebration of the human commonality we find within music. Featuring the works of six seasoned composers, each piece tells a sentimental story unique to each composer, fitting together like puzzle pieces and demonstrating the connective qualities of the human voice. Brought to life by Prague’s Kühn Choir, these choral works are sure to entrance and entice listeners with flowing tonality and artful text settings that demonstrate the powerful storytelling capabilities that vocal music wields.
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Voices of Earth and Air Vol III

Release Date: October 9, 2020
Catalog Number: NV6299
21st Century
Vocal Music
Choir
Organ
Judging by Navona's VOICES OF EARTH AND AIR VOL III, this century is facing a significant paradigm shift in contemporary composition. The third installment of the trailblazing series again showcases contemporary choral music, and once more, it is mesmerizing – mesmerizingly tonal and aesthetic.
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Sunset at Noon

Release Date: February 10, 2017
Catalog Number: NV6072
21st Century
Chamber
Vocal Music
Choir
Clarinet
Piano
Sergio Cervetti returns with an exciting collection of works on his sixth Navona Records release, SUNSET AT NOON. A diverse composer, his works range from instrumental and vocal music to electronic compositions, often reflecting his South American, French and Italian heritage. His vocabulary draws from an early interest in twelve-tone and minimalism, and his current approach is flexible and free of constraint. With SUNSET AT NOON, Cervetti focuses on keyboard-based compositions for half of the album, with a foray into chamber music on the other half.
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