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Vaclav Jan Krtitel Tomásek (1774-1850)

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Marek Štryncl conducts Tomásek & Vorisek

Marek Štryncl conducts Tomásek & Vorisek

Recorded live in the Church of the Virgin Mary under the Chain, Prague, October 1 and 5, 2009.


Tomásek:

Messa con Graduale et Offertorio, Op. 46

World première recording

Vorisek:

Missa in B (Missa solemnis, Op. 24)


Musica Florea, Marek Štryncl

In October 2009 in a church nearby the Charles Bridge the ensemble Musica Florea gave the modern premiere of sacred compositions by two composers whose creation presaged the advent of Romanticism. In the case of the better known of them, J. V. H. Voríšek, this CD brings his complete sacred oeuvre. In addition to the festive Mass in B major, which he himself called a musical oblation, Voríšek set two Offertories and a Gradual. His advanced contrapuntal thinking weds with the phraseology and harmonic techniques of Romanticism.

Another revelation for the listeners will undoubtedly be the Mass created by Voríšek’s teacher, V. J. K. Tomášek, which was performed in the 19th century by many church choirs throughout the Austrian Empire and in the territory of today’s Germany. Just like in the case of Voríšek – no more independent arias; all soli are an elaborate part of the chorus and orchestra. Following their provocative recording of Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos (Supraphon SU39422), on this CD too Musica Florea present works in a historically knowledgeable interpretation, replete with erudition, vivacity and their inherent sensibility.

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Prague – Vienna: Journey in Songs

Prague – Vienna: Journey in Songs


Haydn:

O Tuneful Voice, Hob. XXVIa:42

The Spirit's Song, Hob. XXVIa:41

Kalliwoda:

Fruhlings Wanderschaft

Koželuh, J A:

Sento amor

Spira pur

Mozart:

Abendempfindung an Laura, K523

Als Luise die Briefe, K520

Das Veilchen, K476

Rösler:

An die Entfernte

Arietta Il niente

Herbstlied

Tomásek:

An den Mond, Op. 56

Vorisek:

An Sie

Die Abschiedsträne

Liebe


Martina Janková (soprano), Barbara Maria Willi (fortepiano)

The road between Vienna and Prague, taken in 1787 by the 31- year-old Mozart so as to attend the premiere of his opera Don Giovanni, was familiar to a number of other musicians. It was a journey they made in both directions, often with the vision of attaining a better life at the other end.

The Czech songs dating from the turn of the 18th and 19th centuries, which form the axis of the present album, may be a revelation for many a listener – as may be the fact that Czech

composers mainly set to music German and Italian texts. Leopold Koželuch was one of Vienna’s most successful song composers, and, owing to, among other things, his diplomatic skills, he even eclipsed the bright star of Mozart. The Prague-based composer F. A. Rösler, whose songs are often indistinguishable from those of Mozart’s, did his utmost to preserve Mozart’s legacy following his death. And similarly to Rösler, V. J. Tomášek, who too remained faithful to Prague, possessed a refined literary taste, as duly reflected in his selection of the texts for his songs.

The recording captures Martina Janková’s engrossing voice, replete with vitality, innocence, vigour and lightness, which so becomes the Mozart repertoire. Under the hands of Barbara Maria Willi, the bright and colourful sound of the one and only preserved fortepiano built by F. J. Baumeister (1797) will be for many yet another surprise and discovery on this musical odyssey.

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Tomasek: Fortepiano Sonatas

Tomasek: Fortepiano Sonatas

Recorded at the Chateau Příchovice, Přeštice 30 October - 1 November, 2016


Tomásek:

Piano Sonata in E flat major, Op. 13

Piano Sonata in C major, Op. 14

Piano Sonata in A major, Op. 26


Petra Matějová (fortepiano)

With Václav Jan Tomášek we find ourselves at the furthermost border marking the realm of the Music from 18th Century Prague cycle. Without his music, however, the edition would not have been complete. Shortly after his arrival in Prague, Tomášek became renowned for his piano playing skills, later winning the moniker of the “Music Pope”. Not only was he an outstanding pianist and fruitful composer, but he also became a sought-after music teacher. His students included composer Jan Václav Hugo Voříšek, famous critic Eduard Hanslick as well as a number of virtuoso pianists.

Tomášek’s music oscillates between late classicist and early romantic style with songs and piano compositions making the bulk of his oeuvre. Sadly, only a little fragment of these are accessible on recordings. The present recording brings three out of his seven fortepiano sonatas (composed between 1799 and 1806); they are performed on a copy of a period instrument. Tomášek’s sonatas are marked by a profuseness of musical ideas and often also unusual modulation plans. Since her fortepiano studies in Paris, Petra Matějová has performed extensively, made a number of recordings and led master classes in several European countries. Her ambition in making this recording was to convince listeners and pianists alike that the time has come to bring Tomášek’s work to new life and give it back its well-deserved place on concert stages.

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Vaclav Tomásek: Piano Concertos in C major and E flat major

Vaclav Tomásek: Piano Concertos in C major and E flat major


Tomásek:

Concerto for Piano and Orchestra C major, Op. 18

Concerto for Piano and Orchestra E flat major, Op. 20


Jan Simon (piano)

Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, Vladimír Válek

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