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Viktor Kalabis: Symphonies and Concertos

Viktor Kalabis: Symphonies and Concertos


Symphony No. 2 'Sinfonia pacis' for Large Orchestra, Op. 18

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Zdeněk Košler

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

Petr Škvor (violin)

Prague Symphony Orchestra, Viktor Kalabis

Symphonic Variations for Large Orchestra, Op. 24

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Václav Neumann

Concerto for Large Orchestra (Concerto per grande orchestra), Op. 25

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Ladislav Slovák

Symphony No. 3 for Large Orchestra, Op. 33

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Jiří Bělohlávek

Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra 'Le tambour de villevieille', Op. 36

Miroslav Kejmar (trumpet)

Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, Miloš Konvalinka

Concerto for Harpsichord and Strings, Op. 42

Zuzana Růžičková (harpsichord)

Prague Chamber Orchestra, Viktor Kalabis

Concerto No. 2 for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 49

Josef Suk (violin)

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Wolfgang Sawallisch

Concerto for Piano and Wind Instruments, Op. 64

Milan Langer (piano)

Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, Tomáš Koutník

Concertino for Bassoon and Wind Instruments, Op. 61

Jiří Formáček (bassoon)

Czech Philharmonic Wind Ensemble, Miloš Formáček

To mark the 90th anniversary of the birth of Viktor Kalabis, one of the most distinguished 20th-century Czech composers, Supraphon is releasing this special selection of his symphonies and concertos. The life of Kalabis and his wife, the renowned harpsichordist Zuzana Růžičková, was first afflicted by war and subsequently by the straitjacket of the Communist regime. The two forms of lack of freedom would have a marked impact on Kalabis’s work.

His Sinfonia pacis, one of the most frequently performed contemporary Czech pieces abroad, reflects the escalating tensions of the Cold War, without the composer succumbing to the clichés of the Communist “peace” proclamations. In connection with Symphony No. 3 (1970-71), its creator talked about the anxiety prevailing during the post-occupation years, defiance, as well as the final resignation beneath the unceasing suppression of truth. Kalabis’s works duly enjoyed the attention of renowned orchestras, conductors and soloists (the Berliner Philharmoniker, Matačić, Casadesus, Blomstedt, Rilling, Ančerl, etc.). This new selection of recordings bears witness to a superlative composer, as well as the dark atmosphere of the time during which this music came to life. Viktor Kalabis’s symphonies and concertos – the legacy of a distinct composer and a fraught era.

“there is no doubting the quality of all these musicians, Supraphon's original engineering or Kalabis's profound, stirring music” MusicWeb International, 13th May 2013

“this excellent collection, despite the variable age and quality of some recordings, will do very nicely in bringing [Kalabis's] name before a wider audience” Gramophone Magazine, July 2013

GGramophone Magazine

Re-issue of the Month - July 2013

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JS Bach: Harpsichord Concertos

JS Bach: Harpsichord Concertos

Bach, J S:

Keyboard Concertos Nos. 1-7 BWV1052-1058

Zuzana Růžičková (harpsichord) & Miloslav Klement, Karel Klement (recorder)

Prague Chamber Soloists, Václav Neumann

Recorded in Prague at the Rudolfinum, December 19–23, 1966 (Concertos Nos 3 and 4), June 27–28, 1967 (No. 6), June 30, 1967 (No. 7), July 1, 1967 (No. 5), September 14 and 19, 1968 (Nos 1 and 2)

Bach saved my life… You always feel in his music that God is present somehow.” This is not empty declamation. It is a deep confession of harpsichord player Zuzana Růžičková, a survivor of the inconceivable horrors of the Nazi concentration camps. She always felt that Bach’s music was one of the things that helped her survive.

Zuzana Růžičková gave new life to Bach’s music by persistently promoting the use of harpsichord (as opposed to commonly used piano) in performing Bach repertoire in concert. She was the very first person to initiate the gigantic project of recording the complete harpsichord concertos composed by Bach.

Zuzana Růžičková understands the deep inner order and the hidden emotionality of Bach’s music so well that her recordings of his works remain no less inspiring at the present time.

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Harpsichord Music from England, Spain & Portugal

Harpsichord Music from England, Spain & Portugal



Bull, J:

Dr. Bull's Juel

In Nomine


The King's Hunt


Galiardas Passamezzo

Cabezón, A:

Tiento I

La Dama le demanda




Melancholy Galliard

The Shoemaker's Wife

Lady Hunsdon's Puffe

Farnaby, R:

Nobodye's Gigge



Mundy, J:



The Fall of the Leafe




Richardson, F:



Harpsichord Sonatas

(in C minor and E minor)

Toccata in F minor

Zuzana Růžičkova (harpischord)

Rediscovered gems recorded by the “First Lady of the Harpsichord”.

Keyboard music of the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries from Spain and Portugal (Cabezon, Carvalho, Seixas, Soler) and England (Byrd, Bull, Croft, Morley, Dowland, Farnaby, Munday, Peerson, Richardson, Purcell) Recorded in Prague at the Domovina studio, April 1966 (CD1) and at the Rudolfinum, October 1983 (CD2) To celebrate the 85th birthday of the “First Lady of the Harpsichord”, Supraphon is once more returning toZuzana Růžičková’s extensive discography.

Hot on the heels of the previous release (SU 4117-2), dedicated to Bach, Scarlatti and 20th-century works, this CD is focused on the very beginnings of the history of the harpsichord and the music intended for this instrument. The period spanning the 16th-18th centuries delimitates (disregarding modern music) the entire epoch of the harpsichord’s pre-eminence. Juxtaposing the harpsichord repertoire from the Iberian Peninsula with that hailing from the British Isles gives rise to interesting comparisons. Spain and England had bitter long-term political tensions, yet when it comes to the beginnings of music for keyboards we can find strong similarities between the two countries, including the influence of the powerful organ and lute traditions. Zuzana Růžičková’s supreme musicality makes these recordings more than a document; her accounts allow this precious music to dazzle in fine shades of colour and light. These sublime recordings are being released on CD for the very first time.

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Hommage a Zuzana Růžičkova

Hommage a Zuzana Růžičkova

Bach, J S:

Chromatic Fantasia & Fugue in D minor, BWV903

French Suite No. 5 in G major, BWV816

Keyboard Concerto in G major (after Vivaldi), BWV980

Cabezón, A:


Couperin, F:

Vive le neveu


Concerto for Harpsichord & Chamber Ensemble


Concerto for Harpsichord and Small Orchestra

Scarlatti, D:

Keyboard Sonata K519 in F minor

Keyboard Sonata K19 in F major

Keyboard Sonata K278 in D major

Keyboard Sonata K375 in G major

Keyboard Sonata K8 in G minor

Keyboard Sonata K70 in B flat major

Keyboard Sonata K1 in D minor

Keyboard Sonata K63 in G major

Keyboard Sonata K406 in C major

Keyboard Sonata K11 in C minor


Capricho (a Antonio Cabezon, 1510–1566) 1:02

Vive le neveu (a Francois Couperin, 1631-1698) 1:46

Zuzana Růžičkova (harpsichord)

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra & Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra, Kurt Sanderling & Vaclav Neumann

Zuzana Růžičkova, an exceptional personality upon whom the critics conferred the title “First Lady of the Harpsichord”, continued the pioneering efforts Wanda Landowska had made to get the harpsichord recognised as an independent concert instrument. The path she took was co-determined by her lifelong relationship to Bach, whose complete works for harpsichord she has recorded, and along it she was also accompanied by a number of friends she regularly met: Karel Ančerl, Gideon Klein, Sviatoslav Richter, Josef Suk.

She hasn’t, however, remained merely a Bach specialist: in addition to early music, she has recorded all the classic modern harpsichord works, including Poulenc’s Concert champetre and her beloved Bohuslav Martinů’s Concerto for Harpsichord, awareness of which she helped to raise all over the world. A number of pieces have been written directly for Zuzana Růžičkova, among them compositions by Jan Rychlik and the remarkable Sei invenzioni canonici per cembalo by Viktor Kalabis, whom the harpsichordist was married to for over half a century.

This representative selection from Zuzana Růžičkova’s highly acclaimed discography is Supraphon’s way of marking her 80th birthday. The overwhelming majority of these recordings are appearing on CD for the very first time. The perfect way to mark Zuzana Růžičkova’s 80th birthday – a harpsichord feast ranging from Bach to the 20th century.

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