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Bach, J S: Sonatas & Partitas for solo violin, BWV1001-1006

Bach, J S: Sonatas & Partitas for solo violin, BWV1001-1006


Pavel Šporcl (violin)

Recorded in the Church of the Evangelical Church of Czech Brethren in Prague – Vinohrady, April 16–18, May 20–22, and June 15–17 , 2015. Just like mountain climbers who striving to conquer the summits of high mountains, musicians also need challenges. The next summit that Pavel Šporcl has chosen to attempt is one that figuratively reaches to the heavens.

Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas for violin solo have already put the technique and musicianship of quite a few violinists to the test. Violin compositions without a basso continuo accompaniment were in general rather unusual, and these works in particular, with their many layers of musical content, place great demands on the performer, who must achieve both technical mastery and a mental grasp of several parallel lines all at once – the melody, the chordal accompaniment, and often even thematic material assigned to inner voices. The beautiful Ciaccona bringing the second Partita to a conclusion is among the most demanding works in the violin literature in terms of its length and its intricacy. Further increasing the already considerable challenge for the performer is the awareness that the first performer of these works was Bach himself. We will never get to hear Bach play these works, but Pavel Šporcl’s interpretations will certainly be worthy of repeated listening for their technically refinement and stylistically purity, while also offering something personal and unique. Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas – the loveliest of challenges for Pavel Šporcl.

“Pavel Šporcl is a 'modernist', playing a ten-year-old, highly decorated blue violin, at high pitch. There's no doubt of his dexterity and spirit when fast movements demand: his perpetuum mobile in the presto finale of Sonata No. 1 is hypnotic…[he is] less convincing in slower, more pensive movements…[but] the hugely taxing 11-minute Ciaconna ending the third Partita [is] a high point, full of expressive detail while retaining the ongoing musical thread” BBC Music Magazine, March 2016 ****

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Gipsy Fire: Pavel Sporcl

Gipsy Fire: Pavel Sporcl

Recorded in Prague at the Domovina Studio, June 16 and 17, 2014


 

Hungarian Csardas

Russian Fantasy II

Babai:

Caprice Tzigany

Bock, J:

Fiddler on the Roof: theme

Brahms:

Hungarian Dance No. 1 in G minor

Březina:

Once Upon A Time

Cosma, V:

Film Music Themes

Csampai:

Hommage a Janos Bihari

Friss in A flat major

Hubay:

Scène de la csárda No. 5 'Hullámzó Balaton', Op. 33

Piazzólla:

Caprice Tzigany


Pavel Sporcl (violin)

Gipsy Way Ensemble

Over 20,000 discs sold, more than 220 concerts at home and abroad (including in France and China), two extensive tours... those are just a few examples of the successes gained by the Gipsy Way project in the wake of the 2008 album Pavel Šporcl recorded with his Gipsy band.

Six years down the line, in tandem with Supraphon, the violinist held two concerts at Prague’s legendary Domovina Studio, whose fruit is a new CD, 'Gipsy Fire'.

Stepping into the same river twice? Well, yes and no. On the new release, a succession of technically challenging 'Gipsy' repertoire pieces are blended with catchy and melancholic film melodies (Grand blond avec une chaussure noire and Fiddler on the Roof, and a theme Pavel recorded for the Czech movie Divided We Fall), and Piazzolla’s beautiful breathtaking prayer Ave Maria.

Pavel and the Gipsy Way Ensemble play as if their very lives depended on it and the audience’s frenzied response would indicate that they don’t want the music to ever stop. Well, that’s not a problem with a CD.

Gipsy Fire – a geyser of unbridled energy and engrossing virtuosity, a stroke of pure beauty.

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My Violin Legends

My Violin Legends

Recorded at the Sound Studio HAMU, Prague, May 4–6 and 25–28, 2013.


Drdla:

Souvenir

Serenade

Kocian:

Old Folks at Home

Serenade in D major

Intermezzo Pittoresque, Op. 18 No. 2

Kubelik, J:

Burlesque

Tenerezza

Laub, F:

Polonaise in G major, Op. 8

Saltarello, Op. 4 No. 4

Ondříček:

Barcarole, Op. 10

Scherzo Capriccioso, Op. 18

Příhoda:

Romance élégiaque

Sevcík:

Czech Dance No. 7, Op. 10a

Šporcl:

Bohemian Nostalgia


Pavel Šporcl (violin) & Petr Jiříkovský (piano)

On this CD Pavel Šporcl introduces himself with compositions of the authors who were the most significant Czech violin virtuosi of the period between Paganini and Oistrach. These outstanding representatives of the Czech violin art collected the highest honours in the nineteenth and at the beginning of the twentieth centuries in music capitals of the world (New York, London, Vienna, Berlin, Munich, Prague, Kharkov or Kiev) and they also laid the pedagogical foundations their successors have been benefiting from.

Ferdinand Laub, Jan Kubelík or Váša Příhoda were proclaimed the best virtuosi of their time, Otakar Ševčík worked as a sought-after pedagogue in Vienna, Russia or America. One of the offshoots of the Czech violin school has led from Ševčík via his student Jaroslav Kocian and Václav Snítil to the protagonist of this recording who belongs among the most popular classical music artists in his country. With this recording Pavel Šporcl decided to commemorate the greatest representatives of the famous Czech violin school.

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Gipsy Way

Gipsy Way


Bach, J S:

Gavotte (Rondeau) from Partita No. 3 in E major BWV1006

Bock, J:

Fiddler on the Roof: theme

Boulanger, G:

Georgette in D major

Avant de Mourir

Brahms:

Hungarian Dance No. 5

Cosma, V:

Alexandre le Bienheureux

Le Grand Blond avec une Chaussure Noire

Dinicu:

Skylark

Hubay:

Scène de la csárda No. 4 'Hejre Kati', Op. 32

Khachaturian:

Sabre Dance from Gayane

Sarasate:

Zigeunerweisen, Op. 20

Smetana:

Má Vlast: Vltava

Faithful love cannot be marred (from The Bartered Bride)

trad.:

Russian Fantasy / Russian Gipsy Melodies

Cimbalon Polka

Mama (Russian Folk Song)

Transylvanian Fantasy in E minor

Gipsy Song 'Náne Cócha'

Williams, John:

Schindler's List: Theme


Pavel Šporcl (violin)

Romano Stilo

The new DVD featuring the violin virtuoso Pavel Šporcl captures one of his two unique open-air concerts at the Smetana Litomyšl festival with the Slovak Roma cimbalom band Romano Stilo that took place in the middle of June 2010 in the castle courtyard.

The concerts were truly extraordinary events for Pavel owing to the unusual repertoire and the special atmosphere both on the stage and among the audience.

While Pavel Šporcl regularly steps out from the domain of classical music to embrace zestfully other genres, Romano Stilo cannot be considered an orthodox cimbalom band either. In addition to Gypsy, Russian, Hungarian and Romanian folk music, they performed compositions by Pablo Sarasate, Johannes Brahms and Aram Khachaturian, as well as the film themes from Schindler’s List and The Fiddler on the Roof, all of them spiced with a soupçon of jazz... Pavel plays a repertoire that seems to be the natural domain of musicians with Gypsy blood with such mastery and abandon that one feels tempted to look into his family tree – and Romano Stilo are a wonderful partner to him. It was a true joy to be there – and this DVD affords you the unique opportunity to savour their splendid performance.

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Korngold & Strauss - Violin Concertos

Korngold & Strauss - Violin Concertos


Korngold:

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35

Strauss, R:

Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 8


Pavel Šporcl’s two most recent projects have manifested his remarkable stylistic flexibility. Vivaldi’s Four Seasons and the crossover CD Gipsy Way with the Roma cimbalom band Romano Stilo earned the violin virtuoso richly deserved enthusiastic responses on the part of critics and listeners alike.

With this new CD, Šporcl returns to classical music. Well, sort of… When listening to Korngold’s violin concerto it becomes obvious that the composer had devoted to film music over a long period, yet it may be the composition’s directness and figurativeness that have made it so popular among the world’s leading violinists.

On the other hand, Richard Strauss’s Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D major, Op. 8, does not appear in concert programmes and recordings so often. The piece comprises both lyrical and tragic elements, a lucent cantilena, melancholy and elegance, but also abounds in a trickiness that places significant demands on the soloist’s technique. Pavel Šporcl with the Prague Symphony Orchestra and its principal conductor Jirí Kout again demonstrates that behind the flamboyant image of a non-conformist violinist donning a bandana or hat lies a technically superb musician who definitely deserves attention primarily due to his immaculate musical performance.

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Pavel Šporcl & Romano Stilo - Gipsy Way

Pavel Šporcl & Romano Stilo - Gipsy Way


Bach, J S:

Gavotte (Rondeau) from Partita No. 3 in E major BWV1006

Boulanger, G:

Georgette in D major

Avant de Mourir

Brahms:

Hungarian Dance No. 5

Hubay:

Scène de la csárda No. 4 'Hejre Kati', Op. 32

Khachaturian:

Sabre Dance from Gayane

Monti, V:

Csárdás

Sarasate:

Zigeunerweisen, Op. 20

trad.:

Romanian “Hora” in F sharp major

Old-hungarian Gipsy Song in C sharp minor

Fakó Csárdás in D flat major

Transylvanian Fantasy in E minor

Russian Fantasy / Russian Gipsy Melodies

Gipsy Song 'Náne Cócha'

Encore


Pavel Šporcl (violin)

Romano Stilo

“An exciting virtuoso confirms his Czech credentials in this superb release. Pavel Sporcl has established himself on disc as the most charismatic of young Czech violinists, spontaneously imaginitive and individual in everything he does.” Edward Greenfield - Gramophone

The violin virtuoso Pavel Šporcl’s new CD captures his two unique concerts with the Slovak Gipsy cimbalom ensemble Romano Stilo. The events were truly extraordinary not only due to these superlative musicians combining their forces but also the repertoire (a startling departure for Šporcl) and the atmosphere on the stage and in the auditorium alike. Just as Pavel Šporcl steps out with zest from the domain of classical music into other genres so Romano Stilo cannot be considered an orthodox cimbalom band. Besides Gipsy, Hungarian and Romanian folk music, the visitors to the concerts heard compositions by Pablo Sarasate, Johannes Brahms and Aram Khachaturian inspired by this music, all spiced up with a soupcon of jazz. Šporcl plays the repertoire, allegedly the exclusive reserve of musicians with Gipsy blood coursing through their veins, so masterfully and convincingly that one is tempted to trace his family tree. Romano Stilo are splendid partners for him and it is a real joy to hear the musical sparks fly.

“The treatment of the whole is very much out of the ordinary, and the exhilarating result completely dispels any suggestion of this being a simple rehash of hackneyed favourites. The concert was recorded in Prague's La Fabrika entertainment venue before a live audience, whose whoops of joy at the sweet lyricism of Šporcl's playing and the thrilling virtuosity of all concerned serve to add to, rather than detract from, the atmosphere.” Gramophone Magazine, April 2009

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Vivaldi: The Four Seasons

Vivaldi: The Four Seasons


Bach, J S:

Concerto for Two Violins in D minor, BWV1043

Vivaldi:

The Four Seasons


“An exciting virtuoso confirms his Czech credentials in this superb release. Pavel Sporcl has established himself on disc as the most charismatic of young Czech violinists, spontaneously imaginitive and individual in everything he does...The texture has clarity and precision, and there is sufficient imagination at work to provide the freshness and sense of engagement a new recording of these ubiquitous pieces needs” Gramophone Magazine, June 2008

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Dvorak & Suk - Music for Violin & Piano

Dvorak & Suk - Music for Violin & Piano


Dvorak:

Violin Sonata in F major, Op. 57 (B 106)

Nocturne in B major for violin & piano, Op. 40 (B48a)

Slavonic Dance No. 10 in E minor, Op. 72 No. 2

Kreisler:

Slavonic Dances

transcription of Dvorak Slavonic Dances Op. 46/2, 72/1 & 72/8

Suk:

Four Pieces for Violin and Piano, Op. 17


Pavel Šporcl (violin) & Petr Jirikovsky (piano)

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Antonin Dvorak - Music for Violin & Piano

Antonin Dvorak - Music for Violin & Piano

Volume 1


Dvorak:

Sonatina for Violin and Piano in G major, Op. 100

Romance in F minor, Op. 11

Capriccio for violin & piano, B81

Mazurek for violin and piano, Op. 49 (B89)

Ballad in D minor B139 (Op 15 No. 1)


Pavel Šporcl (violin) & Petr Jirikovsky (piano)

"The Strad Selection! ...The pair's unanimous pacings are splendidly judged. ...tantalisingly well played... It's all huge fun and very readily recommended." The Strad, June 2006

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Paganini: Moto Perpetuo

Paganini: Moto Perpetuo


Baker, D:

Ethnic Variations on a Theme of Paganini (based on the 24th Caprice)

Paganini:

Caprice for solo violin, Op. 1 No. 5 in A minor

Caprice for solo violin, Op. 1 No. 1 in E major 'The Arpeggio'

Caprice for solo violin, Op. 1 No. 2 in B minor

Caprice for solo violin, Op. 1 No. 9 in E major 'The Hunt'

Caprice for solo violin, Op. 1 No. 13 in B flat major

Caprice for solo violin, Op. 1 No. 14 in E flat major

I Palpiti, Op. 13

Cantabile for violin & piano/guitar in D major, Op. 17, MS 109

Moto perpetuo, Op. 11, MS 72

Le Streghe, Op. 8, MS 19

Violin Sonata No. 12 in E minor, MS19


Pavel Šporcl (violin), Petr Jirikovsky (piano)

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