Notes & Reviews:
Benda, Pichl, Vranicky - three superb violinists, composers and chapel masters who worked in the services of the nobility and the King. All three of them can be called ambassadors of Czech musicality in the Europe of the time. Their journeys led from Prague and Brno to the major European musical centers (Dresden, Vienna, Milan, Warsaw, etc.) and encountering the greatest composers of the time - Mozart, Haydn, C.P.E. Bach, Quantz and Zelenka. Their oeuvre spans the style and forms of late Baroque to high Classicism. However, in the field of the violin concerto they could demonstrate to the full their compositional invention and virtuosity, so great as to remain a challenge to present-day performers.
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