Magazine article Czech Music

Ludwig Van Beethoven: Concerto in C Major for Violin, Cello, Piano and Orchestra, Op. 56

Magazine article Czech Music

Ludwig Van Beethoven: Concerto in C Major for Violin, Cello, Piano and Orchestra, Op. 56

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Ludwig van Beethoven

Concerto in C Major for Violin, Cello, Piano and Orchestra, op. 56

Johannes Brahms

Violin Concerto in D Major, op. 77

Frantisek Novotny--violin, Michal Kanka--cello, Rumi Itoh--piano, Prague Philharmonia, Jiri Belohlavek--conductor.

Production: Vit Roubicek. Text: Eng., Ger. Recorded: Jan. 2003, Nov. 2002. Released: 2008. Tr: 75:13. DDD. 1 CD

Radioservis CR0399-2.

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With a rather unusually long gap between recording and release, Radioservis has issued a CD that it can be proud of. It doesn't have many titles like this--titles which can really compete internationally. (It's a pity that the CD booklet couldn't have been correspondingly impressive, but this was probably because of economic limitations). Frantisek Novotny and Michal Kanka have already made a number of important recordings with this label. The pianist Rumi Itoh is not yet generally known in the Czech Republic despite lively contacts with Czech musicians. The unifying force in the project is without a doubt Jiri Belohlavek. At the most universal level one can even find correlations between the two works, despite the great care devoted to purity of style (There is, after all, a chronologically immense gap of 70 years between them). …

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