Magazine article Czech Music

Josef Bohuslav Foerster

Magazine article Czech Music

Josef Bohuslav Foerster

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Josef Bohuslav Foerster

Violin Concerto no. 1 in C Minor op. 88, Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D Minor op. 104

Ivan Zenaty--violin, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Jiri Belohlavek--conductor. Production: Jana Gonda and Matous Vlcinsky. Text: Eng., Ger., Fr., Cz. Recorded: live, December 2007, Barbican Hall, London. Released: 2008. TT: 65:23. DDD. 1 CD BBC / Supraphon Music SU 3961-2.

The first recording of Foerster's violin concertos is an event worthy of special attention thanks to the music itself, the performers, the exceptional collaboration between Supraphon and BBC Radio 3 and the logo of the Czech Ministry of Culture, which I assume means that after a long interval the state has supported a project from a purely private recording company. Naturally this is only an external attribute of the album. More important is the superb music and realisation. In his scores Foerster embodied a richly structured strong emotionalism--energy, exaltation, restlessness, passion, lyricism, meditative contemplation. All this in a difficult virtuoso packaging reflected in the fact that the first concerto was written at the prompting of Jan Kubelik and the second was premiered by Karel Hoffmann. …

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