Czech Music

A quarterly magazine published by the Czech Music Information Centre. Articles are tailored for both music professionals and casual enthusiasts. Stories include profiles, interviews, current events, and long-form essays.

Articles from No. 3, July

A Music-Political Confession Bohuslav Martinu's Memorial to Lidice
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Bohuslav Martinu's Memorial to Lidice was written in 1943, after the Czech village of Lidice had been razed to the ground by the Nazis one year before. This atrocity has led many artists to create diverse works on this subject...
Antonin Dvorak: Stabat Mater Original Version
Antonin Dvorak Stabat Mater Original Version Alexandra Coku--soprano, Renata Pokupic--alto, Pavol Breslik--tenor, Markus Butter--bass, Brigitte Engerer--piano, Accentus, Laurence Equilbey--conductor. Production: Didier Martin. Text: Fr., Eng....
Baroque Bohemia & Beyond
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Baroque Bohemia & Beyond (Myslivecek, Gallina, Vent, Barta, Fiala) The Czech Chamber Philharmonic (artistic director Zdenek Adam), Vojtech Spurny--conductor, harpsichord. Text: Eng. Recorded: May 2007, Studio Arco...
Bohuslav Martinu
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Bohuslav Martinu Sonata for Cello and Piano no. 3 H.340, Variations on a Slovak Folksong H.378 Petr Eben: Suita Balladica for Cello and Piano, Lubos Sluka: Sonata for Cello and Piano Tomas Jamnik--cello, Ivo Kahanek--piano....
Eva Urbanova: Best of Eva Urbanova
Eva Urbanova Best of Eva Urbanova (Verdi, Puccini, Cilea, Mascagni, Janacek, Smetana) Eva Urbanova--soprano, Prague Philharmonic Choir, Jaroslav Brych --choirmaster, Choir of the National Theatre in Prague, Milan Maly--choirmaster, Prague Symphony...
France Conquers Janacek
The music of Leos, Janacek has never had an easy time in French musical life. Granted, the Moravian Teachers' Choir Association first brought Janacek's choral music to France in a successful tour in 1908 at a time when Janacek had not yet been admitted...
Jan Dismas Zelenka
Jan Dismas Zelenka Missa purificationis Beatae Virginis Mariae D dur (1733) ZWV 16, Litaniae lauretanae "Consolatrix afflictorum" (1744) ZWV 151 Gabriela Eibenova, Hana Blazikova--sopranos, Petra Noskaiova--contralto, Jaroslav Brezina--tenor,...
Josef Bohuslav Foerster
Josef Bohuslav Foerster Violin Concerto no. 1 in C Minor op. 88, Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D Minor op. 104 Ivan Zenaty--violin, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Jiri Belohlavek--conductor. Production: Jana Gonda and Matous Vlcinsky. Text: Eng.,...
Leos Janacek: From the House of the Dead
Leos Janacek From the House of the Dead Olaf Bar, Eric Stoklossa, Stefan Margita, Peter Straka, Vladimir Chmelo, Jiri Sulzenko, Heinz Zednik, John Mark Ainsley, Jan Galla, Gerd Grochowski and others--singers; Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Pierre Boulez....
Martinu Revisited: The Rediscovery of a Many-Sided Czech Composer of the 20th Century
Fifty years on from the death of a composer is often a crucial test period for the durability of his work. The last living direct relatives, close friends and musical associates of the composer are departing from the scene and the work has to fend...
Milan Skampa: Encircled by Music
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] To meet Milan Skampa, eighty years old and still radiating vitality, means to take a long trip (for the professor is talkative and has a tremendous stock of stories) back to times when morality was the sister of music and...
The Open Approach of Jiri Kaderabek
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Composer Jiri Kaderabek is an essentially creative man of many talents, wide interests and the unusual ability to keep aiming beyond himself. Never content to stick with what he has achieved, he is more willing than most to...
The Voice of an Artist: The Life and Music of Vitezslava Kapralova
While in most composers' lives the first twenty-five years are generally a period of creative development, there have been artists who produced music at a very young age that is remarkably mature and refined in both form and technique. In the realm...
Vitezslava Kapralova
Vitezslava Kapralova April Preludes op. 13, Legend op. 3a, Burlesque op. 3b, Five compositions for piano op. 1, Eiegy for violin and piano, Sonata Appassionata op. 6, Variations sur le Carillon de l'Eglise Saint-Etienne-du-Mont op. 16, Little song...