Martinu / Eben / Sluka - Works for Cello
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Cat No: SU39472
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 15th September 2008
Cello Sonata no.3, H340
Variations on a Slovak folk song, for cello and piano, H378
Sonata for Cello and Piano
ArtistsTomas Jamnik (cello)
Ivo Kahanek (piano)
For their second album, the young artists have chosen compositions that originated within a short period of time, between 1952 and 1959. Martinů’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 ghost-like 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.
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