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. 1, January

Antonin Dvorak
Antonin Dvorak Suite in A major, op. 98b Josef Suk Serenade for Strings in E flat major, op. 6, Fantastic Scherzo, op. 25 Prague Chamber Philharmonic, Jakub Hrusa. Production: Petr Vit. Text: Eng., Ger., Fr., Cz. Recorded: 7.-9. 3. and...
Czech Composers in the Post-Modern Era, Czech Music CD Series #1: Chamber Music
The CD published as a supplement to this issue of the magazine could not possibly claim to illustrate the recent development of Czech music in full or even as a representative cross-section. It is far too small (someone important will always be left...
Gustav Mahler and Prague
The history of Mahler's relationship with Prague started in July 1885, when he was engaged by the Prague German Opera as a conductor at the young age of twenty-five. Prague was to prove an important milestone in Mahler's life, for it was here that...
Jan Ignac Frantisek Vojta
Jan Ignac Frantisek Vojta Sonatas I-III, Parthia amabilis, Anima mea dilecta, Arietta cordialis, Threnodia hujus temporis La Gambetta, Elen Machova. Production: V. Janda. Text: Cz., Eng., Ger. Recorded: 9/2005, the Church of the Bohemian Brethren,...
Jaroslav Jezek: Co-Creator of the Czech Inter-War Modern Movement
At the beginning of autumn last year a hundred years had passed since the birth of the remarkable Czech composer, phenomenal pianist and elemental musician Jaroslav Jezek (25th September 1906-1st January 1942). 2006 was generally a year in which great...
Jaroslav Tuma
Jaroslav Tuma (Leos Janacek, Paul Hindemith, Jaroslav Tuma) Jaroslav Tuma--Organ. Production: Jaroslav Tuma, Jaromir Javurek, Vitezslav Janda. Text: Cz., Eng., Germ. Recorded: 4/2006, The Church of St. Nicholas in Ludgerovice. Released: 2006....
Johann Sebastian Bach
Johann Sebastian Bach Sonatas for viola da gamba Petr Nouzovsky--violoncello, Monika Knoblochova--harpsichord. Production: Pavel Vlcek. Text: Eng., Cz. Recorded: 12/2005, Studio Martinek, Prague. Released: 2006. TT: 43:38. DDD. 1 CD Cube Bohemia...
Leos Janacek
Leos Janacek Lasske tance [Lachian Dances], Suita pro smyccovy orchestr [Suite for String Orchestra], Idyla [Idyll] Brno Philharmonic, Frantisek Jilek. Production: music direction Jaroslav Rybar (1-6), Vladimir Koronthaly (7-17). Text: Eng.,...
Magdalena Kozena
Magdalena Kozena Enchantment (Gounod, Bizet, Mozart, Handel, Rameau, Conti, Bach, Myslivecek, Gluck, Massenet, Respighi, Shostakovich, Britten, Janacek, Dvorak) Magdalena Kozena. Production: D. Butchart. Text: Eng., Ger., Fr. Recorded: 1996-2003....
Reflections on the Most Recent Year of the Musica Nova Competition
Electro-acoustic (EA) music, defined as music composed and realised using electronic media (alone or in combination with acoustic instruments), is at the roots of what today is known also as "technical music", multifarious in genre but in most cases...
The Organ Is Quite a Treacherous Instrument
Unorthodoxy of approach to the performance of music of earlier and more recent epochs, imagination and passion, all characterise the organist and harpsichordist Jaroslav Tuma (*1956). His approach to music is comprehensive: he not only records and...
The Purity Method: An Interview with the Young Cellist Tomas Jamnik
What questions is a promising Czech cellist confronting in his first exciting season? We talked with Tomas Jamnik, winner of the 2006 Prague Spring Competition, about the process of forming his own conception, the context of the time, and different...
Upside-Down or Bacchanalistica
Upside-Down or Ba[c]chanalistica Ritornello, Michael Pospisil Production: Vitezslav Janda. Text: Cz., Eng. Recorded: 2/2006. Released: 2006. TT: 66: 30. DDD. 1 CD Arta F10145 (distribution 2HP Production). In their latest album "Upside-Down...
Vaclav Jan Tomasek
Vaclav Jan Tomasek Piano Concertos no. 1 in C major and no. 2 in E flat major Jan Simon--piano, the Symphony Orchestra of the Czech Radio in Prague, Vladimir Valek. Production: Petr Vit. Text: Jarmila Gabrielova. Recorded: 3, 4/2006, Studio 1...
Vaclav Talich
Vaclav Talich Special Edition 10 Dvorak, Suk Czech Philharmonic Choir, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Vaclav Talich--conductor. Production: Jana Gonda, Petr Kadlec, Petr Vit. Text: Eng., Ger., Fr., Cz. Recorded: January and May 1952, Dvorak Hall...
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