Magazine article Czech Music

Tomas Jamnik, Ivo Kahanek

Magazine article Czech Music

Tomas Jamnik, Ivo Kahanek

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Tomas Jamnik, Ivo Kahanek

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Martinu: Sonata for Cello and Piano No. 2 H 286, Variations on a Theme by Rossini for Cello and Piano H 290. Janacek: Fairytale for Cello and Piano. Kabelac: Sonata for Cello and Piano op. 9

Tomas Jamnik -- cello, Ivo Kahanek -- piano.

Production: Petr Vit. Text: Eng., Ger., Fr., Cz., Recorded: 3, 4/2007, Studio Bohemia Music, Prague. Released: 2007. TT: 66:36. DDD. 1 CD Supraphon SU 3928-2.

When I attended the concert of the winners of the Bohuslav Martinu Foundation competition in 2003. I was bowled over by the performance of Tomas Jamnik [see CM 1/07]. Apart from the Bennewitz Quartet, I heard nothing so mature and promising at the competition. I had the same feeling I had experienced in the mid-1990s when I first heard Magdalena Kozena sing at the international Mozart Academy in Dobris. (I would wish him the same dazzling career, but unfortunately that doesn't depend only on qualities of play). Tomas Jamnik's debut CD has come off grandly. First of all I must draw attention to the choice and order of pieces, which is logical and coherent and uncommercial, in other words like a fairytale from another world in these days of emphasis on numbers of sales, profitability graphs for every CD and marketing priorities. The pillars are two massive sonatas--Martinu's 2nd and Kabelac's Op. 9. Between them come lyrical virtuoso Janacekian-Martinuesque vibrations. The inclusion of two works by Martinu may have been just the fruitful outcome of the past of both players, but I see it more as the tribute of two young men to a composer of genius and a public declaration of their priorities. …

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