Magazine article Czech Music

Violin Sonatas

Magazine article Czech Music

Violin Sonatas

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Text: English. Recorded: Sept. 2013, Martinet Hall, Academy of Performing Arts, Prague. Released: 2014.IT: 74:31. DDD. 1 CD Nimbus Alliance NI 6265.

The winner of the Kocian Competition and laureate of other prestigious contests, Leos Cepicky is above all known as first violin of the Wihan Quartet. His busy concert schedule as a member of a chamber ensemble only occasionally makes it possible for him to appear before audiences as a brilliant soloist possessing a very intriguing and singular musicality. Ivan Klansky is one of the foremost representatives of the grace of Czech piano and chamber artistry, and his performances, both as a soloist and a member of the Guarneri Trio Praha, evoke in the listener almost extrasensory experiences. Klansky and Cepickjt have seldom been afforded the opportunity to play together - mainly at moments that could be deemed "active relaxation". In the case of mediocre performers, such "side projects" usually expose various hampering differences, many a time audible not only in the details. Yet when artists of a similarly high instrumental mastery, musical imagination and chamber sentiment get together, the effect of their performance increases and something extraordinary is accomplished. And this recording is a prime example in this respect. The two-movement Sonata in E minor, KV 304, for violin and piano, written by Mozart at the age of 22, is one of a set of 40. In the original, they are unusually titled Sonatas for Piano and Violin, and, indeed, the piano does play an essential role in them. In tandem with Cepic4's sensitive violin, Klansq's mastery highlights this role to the finest detail with astonishing cogency. Brahms's three-movement Sonata No. 2 in A minor, Op. 100, has been executed and recorded by so many celebrated performers that any new disc exposes the respective artists to the risk of being mercilessly compared to what has come before. Cepickji and Klansq's performance, however, matches even the most intriguing recordings. Ondfej Kukal is one of the most gifted and most versatile musicians of Cepicky's generation. He is an outstanding violinist, conductor and composer, and his delivery of his own orchestral opuses once came as a revelation to me. …

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