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Petr Eben (1929-2007)

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Czech songs for mezzo-soprano

Czech songs for mezzo-soprano


Eben:

Six Love Songs

Janacek:

The Diary of One Who Disappeared

Ostrčil:

The Orphaned Child Op. 9

Vycpálek:

Praise to the violin


Sona Cervena (mezzo-soprano)

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Martinu, Eben, Sluka - Works for Cello & Piano

Martinu, Eben, Sluka - Works for Cello & Piano


Eben:

Suita balladica

Martinu:

Sonata for Cello & Piano No. 3, H. 340

Variations on a Slovak folksong for Cello & Piano, H. 378

Sluka:

Sonata for Cello and Piano


Tomáš Jamník (violoncello), Ivo Kahánek (piano)

Tomáš Jamník and Ivo Kahánek’s first album (Martinu – Janácek – Kabelác) was hailed by Harmonie magazine as the debut of the decade, while Classics Today gave it a rating of 10/10 and designated it as one of the best cello recitals of recent years.

For their second album, the young artists have chosen compositions that originated within a short period of time, between 1952 and 1959. Martinu’s Sonata and Variations resound with yearning for the homeland he is never to return to, the composer employing a simple and cordial language. Suita balladica by the twenty-six-year-old Petr Eben is characterised by a similar inosculation of joyful, dance music with an almost ghostlike grief connected with the author’s personal wartime experiences. Sluka’s most frequently performed piece, the musically simple and lucid Sonata for violoncello and piano, serves to soothe the heightened emotions evoked by the previous compositions and ends the CD on a note of reconciliation.

The two musicians play with an ebullience and engagement commensurate to their tender years, yet at the same time manifest a remarkable maturity and understanding of the weighty themes of the compositions. An intimate, communicative album.

Martinu, Eben, Sluka for cello and piano – pain and joy in music.

“…Kahánek… and Jamník deliver a beautifully judged account of this entire sunlit sonata [Martinu's 3rd sonata]…” Gramophone Magazine, December 2008

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Petr Eben: Labyrinth

Petr Eben: Labyrinth


Eben:

String Quartet 'Labyrinth of the World and Paradise of the Heart'

Piano Trio

Karel Košárek (piano)

Piano Quintet

Karel Košárek (piano)


Petr Eben was one of the most distinguished Czech composers of the second half of the 20th century. His music gained recognition far beyond the Iron Curtain and his homeland. Best known for organ and sacred works, his chamber pieces have – unjustly – been somewhat overlooked. Eben’s music reflects his fascinating life story. His harrowing experiences in concentration camps aged just 16 resulted in anemboldening of his Christian faith, approach to people and art alike Eben’s “programme” is most evident in the String Quartet (1981), written to commission for the Smetana Quartet and inspired by the allegorical work “The Labyrinth of the World and the Paradise of the Heart” by the famous 17th-century Czech philosopher, educator and theologian Jan Amos Komenský, in whom he saw a model for viewing this world: “not to be attached to it, to retain a critical view and distance, yet to dedicate one’s strengths with the aim to make it better and attain its redemption”.

Both the Piano Quintet (1992) and the Piano Trio (1986) clearly reveal their creator – Eben the superlative pianist. In them, the composer did not strive to make the instruments chime, opting instead for juxtaposing the sounds of the piano and the strings. The renowned Martinů Quartet (whose releases include the highly acclaimed CD of Sergey Taneyev’s complete quintets, SU 4176-2) and the pianist Karel Košárek have undertaken Eben’s quintet’s premiere recording and the quartet’s first modern-time recording since that made by the legendary Smetana Quartet.

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Risonanza

Risonanza

Czech Music for Oboe, Harp & Piano


Eben:

Risonanza for Harp Solo

Ordo modalis for Oboe and Harp

Haas, P:

Suite for Oboe & Piano, Op. 17

Hanus:

Trio concertante, Op. 59b for Oboe, Harp and Piano

Sonata quasi una fantasia, for oboe & piano, Op. 61


Katerina Englichova (harp), Vilem Veverka (oboe) & Ivo Kahanek (piano)

The three composers featured on this CD could be summed in a single word – “recalcitrant”. The creative path of the oldest of them, Pavel Haas, probably the most talented of Janácek's pupils, ended very early – due to his Jewish origin – in Auschwitz. In 1939, when he was completing his Suite, Europe began to be the scene of events that would ultimately result in its 40-year division into East and West.

The other compositions contained here already originated behind the “Iron Curtain”, where the composers Petr Eben and Jan Hanuš, closely observed and barely tolerated by the communist regime – both too spiritual and too liberal-minded for their time – lived most of their lives. Hanuš’s Trio concertante is presented on this CD in world premiere and it is difficult to imagine more fitting and devoted interpreters. Katerina Englichová, Vilém Veverka and Ivo Kahánek are among the very best Czech soloists, with a great absorption and grounding in 20th-century music.

These outstanding young interpreters aim to prove that works by Haas, Eben and Hanuš can within their genre be compared with the best compositions that were created at the same time in Western Europe.

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Volume 43 - The Final Chapter

Volume 43 - The Final Chapter


Borkovec:

Symphony No. 2

Britten:

The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, Op. 34

English text read by Eric Shilling

Dobiáš:

Build your country, strengthen peace (Buduj vlast, posílíš mír)

Cantata based on the text by F. Halas (1950)

Eben:

Piano Concerto

Frantisek Rauch (piano)

Hurnik, I:

The Four Seasons

Ondráš - Music for the ballet

Jirko:

Piano Concerto No. 3 in G major

Vikterie Svihllikova (piano)

Kalabis:

Concerto No. 1 for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 17

Vaclav Snitil (violin)

Kalaš:

Slavik a ruze (The Nightingale and the Rose), symphonic poem after Oscar Wilde, Op. 81

Kapr:

In the Soviet Land (V sovetské zemi) - cantata

Seidel, J:

Oboe Concerto

Josef Shejbal (oboe)


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Wolfgang Sawallisch in Prague

Wolfgang Sawallisch in Prague


Beethoven:

Symphony No. 1 in C major, Op. 21

Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68 'Pastoral'

Dvorak:

In Nature's Realm Overture, Op. 91

Eben:

Prague Nocturne for Orchestra

Janacek:

Glagolitic Mass

Martinu:

Field Mass

Symphony No. 4

Mendelssohn:

Symphony No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 52 'Lobgesang'

Mozart:

Symphony No. 41 in C major, K551 'Jupiter'

Adagio for Violin and Orchestra in E, K261

Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K550


Wolfgang Sawallisch (26.8.1923–22.2.2013) debuted at the age of thirty with the Berliner Philharmoniker and four years later in Bayreuth. He led the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande for ten years and subsequently the Bavarian State Opera for over two decades (1971–92). During his tenure in Munich, Sawallisch was a frequent and extremely popular guest of the Czech Philharmonic. This compilation presents a selection of the recordings that were the fruit of the co-operation between the conductor and the orchestra. Sawallisch’s programmes in Prague repeatedly included – perhaps surprisingly – pieces by Mozart and Beethoven, as well as major works by Czech composers (Smetana, Janáček, Martinů, Kalabis, Eben, etc.). He made for Supraphon the still unequalled recordings of Dvořák’s Requiem and Stabat mater. Sawallisch’s relationship to Czech music is probably best described by the following quotation from a contemporary review: “He apprehends and interprets music by Czech composers as though he himself had been brought up in their language.” The precious Czech Radio live recordings are released by Supraphon for the very first time to mark the 90th anniversary of the late conductor’s birth.

Previously unreleased Prague footprints of the modest maestro Wolfgang Sawallisch.

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