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Viktor Kalabis: Symphonies & Concertos / Petr Skvor, violin; Zuzana Ruzickova, harpsichord; Josef Suk, violin; Milan Langer, piano et al.

Album Summary

>Kalabis, Viktor : Symphony, No 2, Op 18 ("Sinfonia Pacis")
>Kalabis, Viktor : Concerto for Violin & orchestra no 1, Op. 17
>Kalabis, Viktor : Symphonic Variations for large orchestra, Op. 24
>Kalabis, Viktor : Concerto for large orchestra
>Kalabis, Viktor : Symphony no 3, Op 33
>Kalabis, Viktor : Concerto for trumpet & orchestra "Le tambour de villevielle," Op. 36
>Kalabis, Viktor : Concerto for harpsichord & strings, Op. 42
>Kalabis, Viktor : Concerto no 2 for violin & orchestra, Op. 49
>Kalabis, Viktor : Concerto for piano & wind instruments, Op. 64
>Kalabis, Viktor : Concertino for bassoon & wind instruments, Op. 61
Performers Conductors Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

To mark the 90th anniversary of the birth of Viktor Kalabis, one of the most distinguished 20th-century Czech composers, Supraphon is releasing this special selection of his symphonies and concertos. The life of Kalabis and his wife, the renowned harpsichordist Zuzana Ruicková, was first afflicted by war and subsequently by the straitjacket of the Communist regime. The two forms of lack of freedom would have a marked impact on Kalabis's work. His Sinfonia pacis, one of the most frequently performed contemporary Czech pieces abroad, reflects the escalating tensions of the Cold War, without the composer succumbing to the clichés of the Communist "peace" proclamations. In connection with Symphony No. 3 (1970-71), its creator talked about the anxiety prevailing during the post-occupation years, defiance, as well as the final resignation beneath the unceasing suppression of truth. Kalabis's works duly enjoyed the attention of renowned orchestras, conductors and soloists (the Berliner Philharmoniker, Matacic, Casadesus, Blomstedt, Rilling, Ancerl, etc.). This new selection of recordings bears witness to a superlative composer, as well as the dark atmosphere of the time during which this music came to life.

American Record Guide, July/August 2013
I'm sure there are people who will want this set, and the performances (other than the Trumpet Concerto) and sound are quite good.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Prague.



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Works Details

>Kalabis, Viktor : Symphony, No 2, Op 18 ("Sinfonia Pacis")
  • Conductor: Zdenek Kosler
  • Ensemble: Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Rudolfinum, Prague (10/07/1987/10/12/1987)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral

>Kalabis, Viktor : Concerto for Violin & orchestra no 1, Op. 17
  • Performer: Peter Skvor [Violin/Conductor] (Violin)
  • Conductor: Viktor Kalabis
  • Ensemble: Prague Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 21 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1959

>Kalabis, Viktor : Symphonic Variations for large orchestra, Op. 24
  • Conductor: Václav Neumann
  • Ensemble: Prague Chamber Orchestra
  • Running Time: 12 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1964

>Kalabis, Viktor : Concerto for large orchestra
  • Conductor: Ladislav Slovák
  • Ensemble: Czech Philharmonic Wind Ensemble
  • Notes: Rudolfinum, Prague (04/14/1971/04/16/1971)
  • Running Time: 28 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Kalabis, Viktor : Symphony no 3, Op 33
  • Conductor: Jirí Belohlávek
  • Running Time: 26 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral

>Kalabis, Viktor : Concerto for trumpet & orchestra "Le tambour de villevielle," Op. 36
  • Performer: Miroslav Kejmar (Trumpet)
  • Conductor: Milos Konvalinka
  • Running Time: 18 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Kalabis, Viktor : Concerto for harpsichord & strings, Op. 42
  • Performer: Zuzanna Ruzickova (Harpsichord)
  • Conductor: Viktor Kalabis
  • Running Time: 27 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1975

>Kalabis, Viktor : Concerto no 2 for violin & orchestra, Op. 49
  • Performer: Josef Suk (Violin)
  • Conductor: Wolfgang Sawallisch
  • Running Time: 15 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Kalabis, Viktor : Concerto for piano & wind instruments, Op. 64
  • Performer: Milan Langer (Piano)
  • Conductor: Tomas Koutnik
  • Notes: Prague Radio (11/11/1991-11/19/1991)
  • Running Time: 22 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto

>Kalabis, Viktor : Concertino for bassoon & wind instruments, Op. 61
  • Performer: Jiri Formacek (Bassoon)
  • Conductor: Milos Formacek
  • Ensemble: Czech Philharmonic Orchestra Wind Ensemble
  • Running Time: 12 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern