Frantisek Benda: Violin Concertos / Ivan Zenaty, violin

Audio Samples

>Benda, Franz : Concerto for Violin in C major, L. II-1
>Benda, Franz : Concerto for Violin in B flat major, L. II-18
>Benda, Franz : Concerto for Violin in D major, L. II-2
>Benda, Franz : Concerto for Flute in A minor, L. II-16

Album Summary

>Benda, Franz : Concerto for Violin in C major, L. II-1
>Benda, Franz : Concerto for Violin in B flat major, L. II-18
>Benda, Franz : Concerto for Violin in D major, L. II-2
>Benda, Franz : Concerto for Flute in A minor, L. II-16
Performer Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The most distinguished Czech violinist of the 18th century? The first name that springs to mind is that of Frantisek Benda. His illustrious career led him to the post of concert master of the court orchestra of Frederick II, King of Prussia. He was highly praised by his contemporaries and according to the period sources, when delivering slow movements he often moved the audience to tears. Benda's influence throughout Germany was comparable with the enormous authority the celebrated Giuseppe Tartini enjoyed in Italy. As a composer, he was evidently inspired by Vivaldi's concertos, which he was thoroughly familiar with. Yet Benda's concertos are singular works in their own right, abounding in invention, naturally flowing and extremely forcible melody. At the beginning of the 21st century, Ivan Zenaty is among Czech violinists a serious candidate for the title Benda would have been awarded in the 18th century. This, after all, is documented by his collaboration with superlative orchestras and conductors.

American Record Guide, January/February 2013
The superb engineering has a rich, warm ambience that embraces the players' every subtlety. I'd never have guessed that this is a studio recording.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Martínek Studio, Prague (01/14/2012); Martínek Studio, Prague (05/19/2011-05/21/2011).



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Works Details

>Benda, Franz : Concerto for Violin in C major, L. II-1
  • Performer: Ivan Zenaty (Violin)
  • Ensemble: Prague Philharmonia
  • Notes: Martínek Studio, Prague (01/14/2012); Martínek Studio, Prague (05/19/2011-05/21/2011)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: circa 1739

>Benda, Franz : Concerto for Violin in B flat major, L. II-18
  • Performer: Ivan Zenaty (Violin)
  • Ensemble: Prague Philharmonia
  • Notes: Martínek Studio, Prague (01/14/2012); Martínek Studio, Prague (05/19/2011-05/21/2011)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: circa 1740

>Benda, Franz : Concerto for Violin in D major, L. II-2
  • Performer: Ivan Zenaty (Violin)
  • Ensemble: Prague Philharmonia
  • Notes: Martínek Studio, Prague (01/14/2012); Martínek Studio, Prague (05/19/2011-05/21/2011)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: circa 1740

>Benda, Franz : Concerto for Flute in A minor, L. II-16
  • Performer: Ivan Zenaty (Violin)
  • Ensemble: Prague Philharmonia
  • Notes: Martínek Studio, Prague (01/14/2012); Martínek Studio, Prague (05/19/2011-05/21/2011)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: by 1762