Magazine article Czech Music

Petr Nouzovsky Katerina Englichova

Magazine article Czech Music

Petr Nouzovsky Katerina Englichova

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Mirror Reflections

Petr Nouzovsky-cello, Katerina Englichova-harp.

Text: English, Czech. Recorded: Sept. 2010 (HAMU recording studio).

Released: 2012. TT: 69:22. DDD. I CD Cube Bohemia (Cube Metier) CBCD 21249.

The new dramaturgically personal and singularly conceived CD made by the cellist Petr Nouzovsky, who invited along the distinguished Czech harpist Katefina Englichove, is framed by two works by the Estonian composer Arvo Part: the well-known Fratres (1977, the 1989 version for cello and piano) and the piece Spiegel im Spiegel (1978), whose specific sonic world allows the unusual combination of cello and harp to excel. Right in the first composition, Fratres, originally written for a chamber orchestra of period or modern instruments and subsequently arranged by Part and others into another eight versions, the chordal harp accompaniment has in its archaic nature a far more expressive form than in the piano version, known to us from, for instance, Jiff Basta and Marian Lapsansky's recording (Supraphon 11 2156-2132, 1994). More distinct and sonically forcible too is the adaptation of Bruch's Kol Nidrei in D minor, Op. 47 (1880-1881) --instead of the original, eclectically instrumented orchestral accompaniment, the expressive delivery of the cello part against the background of the introvert harp conceals an almost existential potential. The adaptation of Bruch's composition, forming the axis of the compact disc, perhaps impressed me the most (more's the pity then that neither the sleeve nor the booklet mentions the creator of this and the other arrangements). Besides Bruch's concertante piece, the only other excursion into the world of Romantic music is Faure's winsome Siciliana, Op. 78 (1893), again originally written for the cello and piano, with the harp accompaniment imbuing it with an almost Impressionist airiness. …

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