Magazine article Czech Music

Frantisek Benda: Violin Concertos

Magazine article Czech Music

Frantisek Benda: Violin Concertos

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Frantisek Benda

Violin Concertos

Roman Patocka--violin, Prague Chamber Orchestra Without Conductor. Text: Czech, English. Recorded: 2009, Church of Saints Simon and jude, Prague. Released: 2011. TT 72:14. DDD. 1 CD Radioservis CR0528-2.

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Roman Patocka (b.1981) is one of the most promising young Czech violinists. He studied with renowned pedagogues (D. Zarubova, I. Straus, S. Ashkenazy, S. Picard) and attended master classes given by R. Ricci, H. Shaham, I. Haendel, V. Gluzman and other outstanding artists. He is the laureate of a number of international competitions: Prague Spring (2003 --2nd prize), the Vaclav Huml Competition in Zagreb, Concours Flame in Paris, Max Rostal Violin Competition in Berlin, Pablo de Sarasate Competition in Pamplona and Leopold Mozart Competition in Augsburg (2009). At the present time, he performs as a soloist, as well as a member of the Talich Quartet. The Prague Chamber Orchestra Without Conductor (PKO) was formed in 1951. In the 1970s and 1980s it was an unrivalled ensemble with which numerous superlative instrumentalists and soloists gave concerts and made recordings. This album is a prime example of the PKO linking up to this tradition. The violinist and conductor Frantisek Benda (1 709-86), considered one of the crucial figures in the transition from Baroque to Classicism, mainly lived and worked in Dresden and Berlin, where his family, including the younger and equally famous Jifi Antonin Benda, moved from Bohemia to join him. The Benda family's musical tradition lives on. In addition to approximately 160 trio sonatas and solo capriccios (extremely valued in his time yet unfortunately unpublished to date), Frantisek Benda wrote numerous violin concertos, of which some twenty-eight have been discovered. With great sensitivity and exquisite taste, Roman Patocka has chosen and explored four of them: the Concertos in A major, E flat major, C major and D major. …

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