Magazine article Czech Music

Veronika Bohmova Stravinsky: Le Chant Du Rossignol / Prokofiev: Sonata No. 8

Magazine article Czech Music

Veronika Bohmova Stravinsky: Le Chant Du Rossignol / Prokofiev: Sonata No. 8

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Veronika Biiiimova - piano.

Producer: TvlatouS Vkinsky. Text: Eng., Ger., Fr., Czech. Recorded: Sept., Oct. 2013, Martinu Hall, Academy of Music,

Prague. Released: 2014. TT: 69:05.

DDD. 1 CD Supraphon SU 4148-2.

The young Czech pianist Veronika Bohmova has garnered accolades at dozens of Czech and international competitions and has given numerous acclaimed concerts both at home and abroad. This spring, Supraphon released her debut CD. Just like the artist herself, the album's repertoire is unconventional and singular indeed. The disc opens with Igor Stravinsky's symphonic poem Le chant du rossignol, arranged for solo piano by the composer himself. Whereas the original orchestral version is regularly performed at concerts, the one for piano is familiar to precious few listeners. One of the reasons why pianists tend to eschew this piece is its extreme technical difficulty. The CD also features two cycles of etudes, which too have seldom been played on concert stages: Stravinsky's Four Etudes, Op. 7, dating from 1908, and Sergey Prokofiev's Four Etudes, Op. 2, written a year previously. The ideational apex of the album can be deemed Prokofiev's celebrated Sonata No. …

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