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Prokofiev, Smetana, Janacek / Josef Spacek, Miroslav Sekera


Release Date: 04/30/2013 
Label:  Supraphon   Catalog #: 4129   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Leos JanácekBedrich SmetanaSergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Josef SpacekMiroslav Sekera
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Still only 26, the violinist Josef Spacek has already covered an enormous amount of ground. After completing his studies at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, he attended Itzhak Perlman’s class at the Juilliard School in New York, and he has given solo performances under the baton of outstanding conductors (Belohlávek, Eschenbach, Honeck, Hrusa). In 2009 he won the Michael Hill International Violin Competition (New Zealand), in May 2012 he became a laureate of the closely observed Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels and in the same year led the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra as concert master at the chief conductor Jirí Belohlávek’s inauguration concerts. For his Supraphon debut, Josef Špacek has chosen Read more works by Slavonic composers. The two duets from Smetana’s From My Homeland are considered the counterpart to his cycle My Country, while Janácek’s Sonata, which was introduced to the world by Paul Hindemith as a soloist, is evidently the most frequently performed Czech violin sonata. And when it comes to Prokofiev, the Russian master’s music is a truly heartfelt matter for Špacek (as a soloist, he has executed both of his concertos). Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Sonata for Violin and Piano by Leos Janácek
Performer:  Josef Spacek (Violin), Miroslav Sekera (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914-1921; Brno, Czech Republic 
2. Pieces (2) for Violin and Piano, T 128 "From my homeland" by Bedrich Smetana
Performer:  Josef Spacek (Violin), Miroslav Sekera (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Czech Republic 
3. Sonata for Violin solo in D major, Op. 115 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Josef Spacek (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1947; USSR 
4. Sonata for Violin and Piano no 1 in F minor, Op. 80 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Josef Spacek (Violin), Miroslav Sekera (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938-1946; USSR 

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