Updates: 13.10.2021 00:24
Prague – The folk group Spiritual Quintet, founded in 1960, will play the last of a series of farewell concerts in Prague’s Lucerna today. The end of the performance was announced by the band last spring. However, due to the coronavirus epidemic, its farewell to the public lasted until this autumn. Last March 1, the spiritual quintet launched a series of fourteen concerts in Lucerne to say goodbye to their 60-year music career. However, he managed to play only two until the declaration of a state of emergency. Then, last April 16, at the age of 82, singer and double bassist Dušan Vančura died suddenly.
The Spiritual Quintet was founded in 1960 as a men’s quartet. In addition to Jiří Tichota, bassist Ivo Mácha, tenor Miroslav Keller and baritone Miloslav Kastelovič stood at his birth. The band, professionalized after 1989, had thousands of shows and sold hundreds of thousands of records. Her concerts used to be sold out during communist totalitarianism, when songs such as When the Right Returns to Us or The State Behind Your Truth were heard on them.
In the 50th anniversary of its founding, the band released an album called Spiritual Quintet 1960 – 2010 with the subtitle One Hundred Most Beautiful Songs (+1). It offers on four CDs the songs of the group, which has in its repertoire renaissance compositions, Czech and Moravian ballads, revival songs, spirituals, gospels, world folk and original songs by Jiří Cerha.
At the final performances in Prague, the band also presents a recording of the summer concert of the Hradišťan ensemble with the Spiritual Quintet and Dagmar Pecková and a book about the Spiritual Quintet with an inserted CD with various rare and latest recordings of the band.
Source: České noviny – hlavní události by www.ceskenoviny.cz.
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