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Vilém Veverka, Ultimate W Band - Christmas Album (2022)

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Vilém Veverka, Ultimate W Band - Christmas Album (2022)

Vilém Veverka, Ultimate W Band - Christmas Album (2022)
FLAC (tracks), Lossless / MP3 320 kbps | 59:23 | 257 / 135 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Supraphon a.s.

Christmas and its singular atmosphere have inspired numerous musicians and composers over the centuries. Following several “conventional” albums and the crossover project "Next Horizon", the oboist Vilém Veverka too has succumbed to the irresistible Yuletide charm and decided to present “his Christmas”.

Miroslav Sekera, Marko Ivanovic, Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra - Kabeláč: Mystery of Time (2022)

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Miroslav Sekera, Marko Ivanovic, Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra - Kabeláč: Mystery of Time (2022)

Miroslav Sekera, Marko Ivanovic, Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra - Kabeláč: Mystery of Time (2022)
FLAC (tracks), Lossless | 1:16:15 | 287 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Supraphon a.s.

With his life and work, Miloslav Kabeláč, one of the greatest 20th-century Czech symphonists, foregrounded a highly topical theme: the necessity of not yielding to evil and commitment to humanistic ideals. He displayed both during the Nazi occupation and the time of Communist dictatorship in Czechoslovakia. Within the toughest totalitarianism Kabeláč escaped the ideological grip of the authoritarian regime by looking up to the star-studded sky.

Hana Blažíková, Collegium Marianum - Michna: Czech Marian Music - Lilly Among Thorns (2022)

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Hana Blažíková, Collegium Marianum - Michna: Czech Marian Music - Lilly Among Thorns (2022)

Hana Blažíková, Collegium Marianum - Michna: Czech Marian Music - Lilly Among Thorns (2022)
FLAC (tracks), Lossless | 60:04 | 266 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Supraphon a.s.

If we were to travel four centuries back in time, when strolling through Prague streets we would most likely hear from many a house, palace or church some engrossing and catchy songs by Adam Václav Michna, one of the greatest Czech Baroque poets. His Christmas songs have become widely known and highly popular. Lesser known is Michna's Czech Marian Music, drawing the listener into the world of poetic hymns praising the Virgin Mary, which formed a significant part of 17th-century Czech music.

Vlastimil Lejsek, Věra Lejsková - Dvořák: Slavonic Dances 1-16, Legends 1-4 (Piano 4 Hands) (2022)

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Vlastimil Lejsek, Věra Lejsková - Dvořák: Slavonic Dances 1-16, Legends 1-4 (Piano 4 Hands) (2022)

Vlastimil Lejsek, Věra Lejsková - Dvořák: Slavonic Dances 1-16, Legends 1-4 (Piano 4 Hands) (2022)
FLAC (tracks), Lossless | 1:27:04 | 341 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: SUPRAPHON a.s.

Vlastimil Lejsek was a Czech composer and pianist.

Shizuka Ishikawa, František Xaver Thuri, Libor Pešek, Dvorák Chamber Orchestra - Mysliveček: Complete Violin Concertos (2022)

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Shizuka Ishikawa, František Xaver Thuri, Libor Pešek, Dvorák Chamber Orchestra - Mysliveček: Complete Violin Concertos (2022)

Shizuka Ishikawa, František Xaver Thuri, Libor Pešek, Dvorák Chamber Orchestra - Mysliveček: Complete Violin Concertos (2022)
FLAC (tracks), Lossless | 2:36:36 | 749 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Supraphon a.s.

Shortly after Josef Mysliveček left Prague for Italy in 1763, he earned important standing there and soon was enjoying the first great successes of his operas. However, opera was far from his only area of interest. In Padua in the late 1760s, Mysliveček was still able to become familiar with the music of the violin virtuoso Giuseppe Tartini, and it was probably under its influence that Mysliveček successively produced six violin concertos of his own. There are certain unmistakable archaic elements in Mysliveček's concertos that show Tartini's influence. The period when they were composed overlaps with the period of Mysliveček's intensive contacts with the young Mozart, and many aspects of Mozart's violin concertos were clearly influenced by the music of his elder friend. The recording by Shizuka Ishikawa, a laureate of the prestigious Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels (1976) and of the Fritz Kreisler Competition in Vienna (1979), apparently represents the only complete set of Josef Mysliveček's violin concertos. The young Japanese virtuoso recorded them for Supraphon in 1983 and 1986 in the Dvořák Hall of Prague's Rudolfinum, and her artistic partner was none other than the conductor Libor Pešek.

Liselotte Rokyta - Syrinx (2022)

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Liselotte Rokyta - Syrinx (2022)

Liselotte Rokyta - Syrinx (2022)
FLAC (tracks), Lossless | 57:13 | 194 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Supraphon a.s.

One of the oldest musical instruments we know of, the pan flute was played in many antique civilizations. The sophisticated type used in Romanian folk music is the most familiar to a contemporary audience. The virtuosos who brought fame to the pan flute in the second half of the 20th century include the Romanian musicians Damian Luca, Radu Simion, Nicolae Pîrvu, Gheorghe Zamfir and Simion Stanciu. Liselotte Rokyta studied with four of the “Big Five” and also gained authentic pan flute skills from folk players during a number of visits to Romania. The present album documents that the pan flute also occupies an indispensable position in classical music. The pieces by Bartók and Porumbescu are arrangements of Romanian folk dances, in which the pan flute is commonly employed. Debussy composed his Syrinx for the transverse flute, to which the pan flute (or syrinx) would seem to be an equal variant. The other arrangements are based on 19th- and 20th-century French composers’ works for the flute, as well as the piano and organ. You may have been hard pressed to imagine pieces by Varèse, Honegger or Messiaen played on the pan flute, yet you will certainly be engrossed by Liselotte Rokyta’s performance. The respective composers would undoubtedly have written music for the pan flute too had they had available a musician of her quality. The enchanting voice of the nymph Syrinx in the realm of classical music.

Boris Giltburg, Pavel Nikl, Pavel Haas Quartet - Brahms: Quintets Opp. 34 & 111 (2022)

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Boris Giltburg, Pavel Nikl, Pavel Haas Quartet - Brahms: Quintets Opp. 34 & 111 (2022)

Boris Giltburg, Pavel Nikl, Pavel Haas Quartet - Brahms: Quintets Opp. 34 & 111 (2022)
FLAC (tracks), Lossless | 1:11:41 | 301 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Supraphon a.s.

Their recording of the "American" Quartet and String Quartet No. 13, Op. 106, elevated the Pavel Haas Quartet among the finest performers of Antonín Dvořák's music. This position was subsequently confirmed by a recording of the composer's Quintets, made with the violist Pavel Nikl, a founding member of the ensemble, and the pianist Boris Giltburg, winner of the Queen Elisabeth Competition. The album received the most coveted classical music accolades (Gramophone Chamber Award, BBC Radio 3 Record Review Discs of the Year, Diapason d'Or, etc.).

Dvorak Piano Quartet - Schumann - WoO 32 & E-Flat Major, Op. 47 - Marchenerzahlungen (2022)

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Dvorak Piano Quartet - Schumann - WoO 32 & E-Flat Major, Op. 47 - Marchenerzahlungen (2022)

Dvorak Piano Quartet - Schumann - WoO 32 & E-Flat Major, Op. 47 - Marchenerzahlungen (2022)
FLAC (tracks), Lossless | 1:16:45 | 311 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Supraphon

Robert Schumann, a versatile, well-educated young artist destined for great things, a man whose music has always amazed with its extent and profundity … and also a person of delicate psyche, which many a time led him to the very border between life and death. He composed the Piano Quartet in C minor, his first piece of this ilk, at the age of 18, and although, notwithstanding his original intention, he would never remake it into a symphony, he still had it on his mind some 20 years later: "I vividly recollect a passage in one of my works (1828), which I thought was romantic, with a spirit different to that of old music that appeared to me as though opening up a new poetic life." The Piano Quartet in E flat major, Op. 47, already attests to Schumann's compositional mastery, with its idiom inspired by Bach and Beethoven yet speaking in a clearly singular language. The 1853 Märchenerzählungen (Fairy Tale Narrations), was one of the composer's last happy creative upswings, written shortly before he attempted suicide by jumping from a bridge into the river Rhine with the aim to put an end to his unbearable mental torment. The Dvořák Piano Quartet's album spans the entire arch of Schumann's work: the beginning, the peak and the end. Just like all his music, it shows how immense beauty is often close to pain and suffering.

Belfiato Quintet - Elements (Nielsen - Hindemith - Barber - Tomasi - Pärt) (2022)

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Belfiato Quintet - Elements (Nielsen - Hindemith - Barber - Tomasi - Pärt) (2022)

Belfiato Quintet - Elements (Nielsen - Hindemith - Barber - Tomasi - Pärt) (2022)
FLAC (tracks), Lossless | 1:09:07 | 255 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Supraphon a.s.

Fondé en 2005 à Prague, le Belfiato Quintet est constitué de cinq musiciens évoluant dans les principaux orchestres de la capitale tchèque. La singulière qualité de ce quintette à vent a très vite été remarquée par de nombreux concours internationaux, par la presse et par le public. Le Belfiato Quintet se produit régulièrement dans des émissions de radio et de télévision ainsi qu’au Festival du printemps de Prague dès 2014. Après deux albums publiés par le label Supraphon consacrés à des compositeurs tchèques (notamment Reicha et Janáček), le Belfiato Quintet revient dans un album qui raconte un peu son histoire : on y trouve cinq œuvres incontournables écrites au XXe siècle qui occupent toutes une place particulière dans le parcours de l’ensemble.

Jana Semerádová, Collegium Marianum - Cachua Serranita (2022)

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Jana Semerádová, Collegium Marianum - Cachua Serranita (2022)

Jana Semerádová, Collegium Marianum - Cachua Serranita (2022)
FLAC (tracks), Lossless | 50:15 | 233 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Supraphon a.s.

Music, Dance and Our Lady on the Far Side of the World. We have the concept of globalization associated with the 20th century, but without much exaggeration we can apply it to the Jesuit missions in South America in the 17th and 18th centuries. The Jesuits were aware of the power of music, which profoundly touches the human heart. The European music they brought across the ocean was in no time embraced by the indigenous peoples in Bolivia and Peru. And thus works by the Czech composer Josef Brentner, the Italian Jesuit Domenico Zipoli or the Swiss missionary Martin Schmid were soon performed in the settlements in the middle of the jungle and in the mountains. European music blended with the traditional local music, just as the Quechua language blended with Spanish.

Dominik Wollenweber - The Art of English Horn (2021)

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Dominik Wollenweber - The Art of English Horn (2021)

Dominik Wollenweber - The Art of English Horn (2021)
FLAC tracks | 00:54:14 | 227 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Supraphon a.s.

Let us not be misled by the humble conduct, and the absence of laudatory articles and glossy photographs. Wollenweber is one of the world's finest cor anglais players.

Elen Machová - Tuma Requiem (2021)

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Elen Machová - Tuma Requiem (2021)

Elen Machová - Tuma Requiem (2021)
FLAC tracks | 59:40 | 256 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Supraphon a.s.

František Ignác Antonín Tůma was one of the Czech composers to have considerably influenced 18th-century European music. Along with J. D. Zelenka and G T. Muffat, he has been named among the finest pupils of Johann Joseph Fux, and, just like Zelenka, he rubbed shoulders with the political and social elite of his time. He was highly esteemed in Vienna, with his sacred music even serving as a model for younger composers, including Joseph Haydn and W. A. Mozart. A dexterous theorbist and gambist, at the age of 19 Tůma most likely participated in the celebrations marking the coronation in Prague of Emperor Charles VI in 1723. Nineteen years later, in 1742, Tůma’s Requiem in c accompanied the soul mass for the self-same monarch on the occasion of the transfer of his remains to the sarcophagus in the Capuchin Crypt in Vienna. At the time, Tůma worked as Kapellmeister of the music ensemble set up by Charles’s widow, Empress Elisabeth Christine. The Requiem in D minor, whose instrumentation was commensurate to the significance of the event (the orchestra was enhanced by a cornett, two trombones, a bassoon and two natural trumpets), was again heard at the funeral of Elisabeth Christine herself, in 1750. Tůma enjoyed great respect on the part of Empress Maria Theresa, who probably personally commissioned from him the Miserere in c. It comes as no surprise that following four acclaimed recordings of F. X. Richter’s works Czech Ensemble Baroque have focused on Tůma. His music definitely deserves our attention.

Jan Hádek, Hipocondria Ensemble - Brixi: Magnificat. Music from Eighteenth-Century Prague (2021)

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Jan Hádek, Hipocondria Ensemble - Brixi: Magnificat. Music from Eighteenth-Century Prague (2021)

Jan Hádek, Hipocondria Ensemble - Brixi: Magnificat. Music from Eighteenth-Century Prague (2021)
FLAC tracks / MP3 320 kbps | 1:19:16 | 360 / 183 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Supraphon a.s.

In the first third of the 18th-century, Prague was a major music centre, with Italian operas and concertos, French suites, Italian and German oratorios being performed in the city, and the local churches striving to acquire the latest and most virtuosic compositions. Šimon Brixi was one of the most distinguished composers who drew inspiration from this thriving culture, while creating highly inventive music of his own. He mainly wrote liturgical pieces, yet few of them have survived. Brixi gained great acclaim for his musicae navales for the popular Saint John of Nepomuk Festivities in May on the river Vltava. Although he did not publish his scores, Brixi was a renowned composer and his music was frequently performed. Copies of his works were possessed by, among others, Jan Dismas Zelenka. Brixi mastered all the styles and techniques of his time, ranging from rigorous counterpoint to elements of the nascent Galant style. The works are arranged on the album in a one-day liturgical arch, with the morning mass followed by litanies and the canticle Magnificat from vespers, which owing to its style and high technical requirements may bring to mind Zelenka's music. Made up of superlative soloists, Hipocondria Ensemble bring back to life Šimon Brixi's overlooked works. Their recording of the Magnificat is the first made on historical instruments.

Corina Marti, Schola Gregoriana Pragensis - Septem dies - Music at Prague University 1360-1460 (2021)

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Corina Marti, Schola Gregoriana Pragensis - Septem dies - Music at Prague University 1360-1460 (2021)

Corina Marti, Schola Gregoriana Pragensis - Septem dies - Music at Prague University 1360-1460 (2021)
FLAC tracks | 1:03:53 | 274 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Supraphon a.s.

The music played at Prague university according to mid-15th-century sources, following the Hussite wars and the institution's renovation. The album provides a wide array of liturgical music, sacred pieces by young clerics, as well as music the university students played for entertainment. It features Gregorian chant, anonymous creations and compositions by Bernard de Cluny, Petrus Wilhelmi de Grudencz and Antonio da Cividale.

Jana Bouskova - Má vlast (2021)

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Jana Bouskova - Má vlast (2021)

Jana Bouskova - Má vlast (2021)
FLAC tracks / MP3 320 kbps | 01:18:20 | 178 / 252 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Supraphon a.s.

Jana Boušková is one of the most globally distinguished harpists of the present day. Her acclaim comes as no surprise – she has garnered numerous prestigious accolades (first prize at the USA International Harp Competition, etc.), performed at major venues all over the world along with renowned artists (Rostropovich, Vengerov, Bashmet, Tetzlaff, and others), and she has gained recognition as a musician (solo harpist of the Czech Philharmonic) and teacher (professor at the Royal College of Music in London and the Royal Conservatory of Brussels) – to name but a few of her accomplishments. Yet Jana Boušková has never forgotten where her roots are and the tradition from which her own artistry and sentiment have grown.