Martin Bally & Ars Trio: Czech Radio Recordings (1980-1992) | Supraphon SU43252

Martin Bally & Ars Trio: Czech Radio Recordings (1980-1992)


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Label: Supraphon

Cat No: SU43252

Barcode: 0099925432522

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 3

Release Date: 9th June 2023



Some legends remain concealed … The name Martin Ballý may be new to many, yet it is definitely worth  remembering. Proof in this respect is given by the renowned pianists Jan Bartoš and Miroslav Sekera,  his pupils, whose extraordinary art bears witness to Ballý’s outstanding qualities as a teacher. Yet the  main testimony is Ballý’s own recordings, hitherto untouched and patiently waiting in the radio  archives. His repertoire as a solo pianist centres on 20th-century Czech music: unrivalled  interpretations of Janáček and Martinů works, mesmerising renditions of Kabeláč pieces. In his  straightforward expressiveness, Ballý is not afraid to venture to the very limit of his instrument’s  potential, but his tone remains radiant and colourful. Besides solo piano (his teachers included Josef  Páleníček), Ballý devoted to chamber music (studying with the no less famous Josef Vlach). As a  member of Ars Trio, his partners were children of the mentioned teachers, the violinist Dana Vlachová  (today a member of the Czech Trio) and the cellist Jan Páleníček (now a member of the Smetana Trio). Their recordings feature gems of Czech trio music (Dvořák, Novák, Martinů) and two remarkable global  repertoire creations (Shostakovich, Mozart). The majority of the recordings, dating from between 1980  and 1992, are from the Czech Radio archives and are now being released for the very first time. Legends  are well worth waiting for.


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