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French Horn in Prague - works for horn & piano by Kofron, Sestak, Slavicky, Hlobil / Premysl Vojta, horn; Tomoko Sawano, piano

Audio Samples

>Kofron, Jaroslav : Sonatina for horn & piano
>Sestak, Zdenek : Concertino for horn & piano no 2 in F major
>Slavicky, Klement : Capricci, for horn & piano
>Slavicky, Klement : Musica, for horn
>Hlobil, Emil : Sonata for horn & piano, Op. 21

Album Summary

>Kofron, Jaroslav : Sonatina for horn & piano
>Sestak, Zdenek : Concertino for horn & piano no 2 in F major
>Slavicky, Klement : Capricci, for horn & piano
>Slavicky, Klement : Musica, for horn
>Hlobil, Emil : Sonata for horn & piano, Op. 21
Performers Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Horn-playing has a long tradition in Bohemia, ranging from the 18th century (J. V. Stich-Punto) to the Tylar brothers and Radek Baborak. And Premysl Vojta is without question a superlative pursuer of this line. He earned his most remarkable triumph in September 2010 at the ARD competition in Munich (1st prize, the audience award and two other special prizes). Upon receiving the Beethoven Ring at the Beethovenfest in Bonn, he joined the ranks of young stars of classical music (Gustavo Dudamel, Julia Fisher, Lisa Batiashvili, etc.). For his debut album, Premysl Vojta, currently solo horn of the Staatskapelle Berlin, has chosen pieces by 20th-century Prague modernists. As he himself puts it: "Works by unknown composers who experienced World War II, the German occupation, liberation, occupation by the 'liberators' and the bullying by the communist regime. May this recording be a reminiscence of that time and the people who lived through it." In addition to reflecting the fraught epoch and Slavonic musicality in the Janacek spirit, these works place extreme technical demands on their performers. Premysl Vojta, however, is up to the challenge and with true mastery duly demonstrates his belonging to the famous Czech horn tradition.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Kleiner Sendesaal, Berlin, Germany (11/2012/01/2013).



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Works Details

>Kofron, Jaroslav : Sonatina for horn & piano
  • Performers: Premysl Vojta (French Horn); Tomoko Sawano (Piano)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1952

>Sestak, Zdenek : Concertino for horn & piano no 2 in F major
  • Performers: Premysl Vojta (French Horn); Tomoko Sawano (Piano)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1975

>Slavicky, Klement : Capricci, for horn & piano
  • Performers: Premysl Vojta (French Horn); Tomoko Sawano (Piano)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1967

>Slavicky, Klement : Musica, for horn
  • Performers: Premysl Vojta (French Horn); Tomoko Sawano (Piano)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1988

>Hlobil, Emil : Sonata for horn & piano, Op. 21
  • Performers: Premysl Vojta (French Horn); Tomoko Sawano (Piano)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1942