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Jan Peruska the Praise of Viola (Slavicky, Lukas, Hanus, Eben, Kalabis)

Magazine article Czech Music

Jan Peruska the Praise of Viola (Slavicky, Lukas, Hanus, Eben, Kalabis)

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Jan Peruska The Praise of Viola (Slavicky, Lukas, Hanus, Eben, Kalabis)

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Jan Peruska -- viola, Ales Barta -- organ, members of the Czech Philharmonic, Jan Kucera.

Production: ArteSmon. Text: Cz., Eng.

Recorded: 2001-2006, Czech Radio R1 and the church in Kralicka Street, Prague.

Released: 2006. TT: 51:32. DDD. 1 CD ArteSmon AS 720-2.

There are a lot of jokes about viola players. These are apparently based on the mistaken idea that the technical properties of the instrument are connected in some mysterious fashion to the limits of the performers as interpreters. If this myth had even a bit of truth in it, then Jan Peruska (a teacher at the Prague Academy of Performing Arts, a member of the Stamic Quartet and soloist) would certainly not have selected for his new album pieces by contemporary composers that require not just well-thought out and well worked through interpretation, but above all first class technical abilities. Not to mention the fact that there exist no previous recordings that could serve as a model or that finally the choice of pieces doesn't have anything even remotely in common with the ordinary repertory pieces that can always be "dusted off" and served up to the public. Admittedly, The Praise of Viola (Chvala violy) is not the most ingenious title, but on the other hand what do the composers Slavicky, Lukas, Hanus, Eben, and Kalabis actually have in common? …

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