Jaroslav Jezek

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Jaroslav Jezek

Three Policemen, Isabel Valse, Grande valse brillante, Etude, Petite suite, Rapsodie, Bagatelles, Dance of the Puppet, Spring Wind, Bugatti Step

Tomas Visek--piano.

Production: Simon Matousek.

Text: Cz., Eng. Recorded: 2-4/2006, Jaroslav Jezek's Blue Room.

Released: 2006. TT: 61:02. DDD. 1 CD Studio Matous MK 0055--2131.

The pianist Tomas Visek has provided us with an inconspicuous but important and valuable contribution to the recent centenary of the birth of the composer Jaroslav Jezek (1906-1942; see CM 1/2007). The authenticity of the project is underlined by the use of the composer's own piano and the composers own "Blue Room" as the location for the recording. Jaroslav Jezek, a graduate of K.B.Jirak's class at the Prague Conservatory and Josef Suk's master class, who went to Paris on a scholarship and was a member of the progressive "Manes Music Group", is still not fully appreciated as a composer, and in the Czech public mind is known mainly as the "third saint" in the Werich-Voskovec-Jezek trio who created the satirical shows and reviews at the Liberated Theatre between the wars. His work for the Liberated Theatre orchestra has been fully mapped and a complete set of these "hits" has been released by Supraphon, but Jezek's "serious" music has been neglected. This CD tries to remedy the situation but at the same time to show that the apparently incompatible two sides of the composer's creative personality, the popular and serious, were inter-related. …


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