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. 4, October

Bedrich Smetana
Ma vlast Prague Philharmonia, conducted by Jakub Hrusa. Production: Matous Vlcinsky. Text: Cz., Eng., Ger., Fr. Recorded: live. May 2010, Rudolfinum, Prague. Released: 2010. TT: 78:58. DDD. 1 CD Supraphon SU 4032-2. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED]...
Czech Jazz-Inventory 2010
In a series of articles in this year's issues of Czech Music Quarterly we have tried to outline the development of Czech jazz music from its earliest history to the present, with an eye to the social and political contexts in which jazz survived through...
Ivan Moravec: Listening Teaches US to Recognise Beauty
The pianist Ivan Moravec is a model of artistic honesty, noblesse and poetry. His soft and melodic tone is legendary. Although willing to cast light on the secrets of his art, in this interview as in others he keeps to his conviction that "the small...
Jana Vorosova: I Take Everything That Appeals to Me
Rubble and Sands for symphony orchestra; the string quartet Pet Wet; Turum durum for violin, electronics and two percussion players; The One-Eyed Fish - a chamber cantata for choir and orchestra on her own text ... These are just a few random titles...
Johannes Brahms
Piano Trios (vol. II) Guarneri Trio Prague (Cenek Pavlik - violin, Marek Jerie - cello, Ivan Klansky - piano). Production: not stated. Text: Eng., Ger., Fr. Recorded 2009 and 2010 in the hall of the Music Faculty of the Academy of Performing...
Josef Bohuslav Foerster
Pieces for String Quartet Stamic Quartet. Text: Cz., Eng., Ger., Fr. Recorded: 2009 in the Church of Jacob's Ladder in Prague. Released: 2010. TT: 2:12:28 DDD. 2 CD Supraphon Music 4050-2 [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Despite its demanding programme...
Magdalena Kozena
Lettere a morose Magdalena Kozena - mezzo soprano, Private Musicke, Pie Pitzl. Recorded 2009. Released 2010. Text. Eng., Ger., Fr. TT: 61:34.DDD. 1 CD Deutsche Grammophon 00289 4778764 (Universal Music) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Magdalena...
The Baroque Castle Theatre in Cesky Krumlov
The conditions that enable historical objects to survive in original form are rather paradoxical: their creators must have thought them important enough to invest time and resources in making them beautiful, but subsequent generations must have thought...
The Czech Interwar Avant-Garde as a Revolution of Return, Civilism, the Microtonal System and the Atonal Style
The Czech Interwar avant-garde represents one of the most striking and distinctive periods in Czech music. It is familiar to the international professional and semi-professional public largely thanks to the microtonal system developed by the composer...