Janacek / Novak / Nedbal - Violin Sonatas  | Supraphon SU39782

Janacek / Novak / Nedbal - Violin Sonatas


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Label: Supraphon

Cat No: SU39782

Barcode: 0099925397821

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 15th June 2009



The violinist Ivan Ženatý – who has gained international renown as both a virtuoso and pedagogue – and the pianist Martin Kasík have chosen violin sonatas by three Czech composers from the turn of the 20th century for this CD. Nedbal’s and Novák’s not overly known and, in stylistic terms, distinctly romantic works contrast with Janáček’s sonata, an opus of the mature Master whose modernity places it firmly in the 20th century.

In Janáček’s third (yet only preserved) violin sonata there are distinctly “Russian” undertones, reflecting the period it began to originate: the outset of World War I. Novák’s romantically flamboyant sonata was written under Dvořák’s supervision and is clearly influenced by Chopin and Liszt. Oskar Nedbal’s early work bears witness to his mastery of both instruments and rich melodic invention.

The intensity of the listener’s experience is augmented by the technical bravura and musical maturity with which the two performers have undertaken this repertoire.

Recorded at the Martinů Hall, Academy of Music, Prague, December 8–10, 2008.

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