Magazine article Gramophone

'Il Violini Boemo'

Magazine article Gramophone

'Il Violini Boemo'

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'Il violini boemo'

F Benda Violin Sonatas (a)--L III-15; L III-124 F Benda/CH Graun Violin Sonata, L III-107/ GraunWV B.XVII.56 Gurecky Violin Sonata 'fatta li 2 Agosto 1736' (a) Jiranek Violin Sonatas--Jk28; Jk29 Lenka Torgersen vn Vddav Luks hpd (a) Libor Masek vc Supraphon [F] SU4151-2 (63' * DDD)

For this recital, Lenka Torgersen and her colleagues bring together three 18th-century violinist-composers born in what is now the Czech Republic. Charles Burney, travelling through the region in the 1770s, remarked on its abject poverty but was struck by the intense musicality of its inhabitants. This combination may well explain why these three musicians all sought to further their careers abroad. Frantisek Benda, older brother of Georg, the pioneer of German stage music, eventually achieved a secure job at the court of Frederick the Great; his sonatas in B flat and C minor appear to me the outstanding works on the disc. …

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