Viktor Kalabis .

20th Century Harpsichord Concertos
Chicago Philharmonic | Jory Vinikour | Scott Speck

This CD includes Kalabis Concerto for Harpsicord and Strings, Op. 42. Watch Jury Vinikour talk about this piece and Zuzana and Viktor in this introductory VIDEO

As harpsichordist Vinikour suggests: “ each listener will find meaning unique to their own experience, it nevertheless seems possible to hear within the work a confrontation between opposing forces: the individual striving for means of personal expression against the forces of oppression and conformity.”

Kalabis – Music for Clarinet and Horn from Symphony Hall, Boston

Zuzana Rizickova writes: “Viktor Kalabis’s love of wind instruments began when he was 15 years old. Already a performing pianist, he taught himself to play the saxophone and clarinet, his favorite wind instrument.”

“When he visited Boston, Viktor was enchanted by the orchestra and also by Symphony Hall, its acoustics and form. ‘Would that a work of mine could be played here,’ I remember him wistfully sighing. So, special heartfelt thanks to Mark Ludwig and the wonderful performers of the Boston Symphony Orchestra (Tom Martin and Richard Sebring) for their great efforts in making this very special recording in Symphony Hall, thus fulfilling Viktor’s wish, albeit, alas, posthumously!”

Box Set – Limited Authorized Edition – Executive Producer John Solum. MSR Classics Orchestral, Concerto, Ballet, Chamber & Solo

Review posted by Phil Muse in Symphony, chamber music, MSR

Czech composer Viktor Kalabis (1923-2006) was an unknown name to me when this 3-CD jewel box arrived in the mail. As I began scanning the Internet for basic research in writing this review, I was astonished to find that only two Kalabis works were listed on, both buried in recordings of works by other composers.

Gerhard Vielhaber

César Franck: Prélude, Choral & Fugue
Viktor Kalabis: Akcenty op. 26
Robert Schumann: Fantasie op. 17

Moving Clarinet

Viktor Kalabis took enormous joy in the clarinet and this comes through beautifully in this new CD from Premiere Music.

Irvin Venyš – clarinet
Martin Kasík – piano

Pieces by Josef Páleníček, Bohuslav Martinů, Miloslav Ištvan, Karel Husa and Viktor Kalabis.

Complete String Quartets 1-7. Kocian Quartet, Zemlinsky Quartet

A tribute to Viktor Kalabis, one of the greatest Czech composers of the latter half of the 20th century, close friend of Jindřich Feld (1925-2007) and Marek Kopelent (b. 1932), who lived through both the German occupation and the communist era. The musician admired French culture, adored Stravinsky’ Russian and French periods and Bartok’s values and felt at ease with the large symphonic and concerto forms. He also composed seven intimate Quartets from 1949 onwards, his last one in 1993. His harpsichordist wife Zuzana Růžícková, who survived Terezin, led him into the work of Bach. He was also influenced by painters such as Marc Chagall and Ota Janeček, and he dedicated many years of his life to promoting the work of Martinů, and helped found the Martinů Institute.

Martinů, Kalabis, Husa, Feld: Czech Viola Sonatas

Bohuslav Martinů (1890-1959) – Sonata for Viola and Piano, H 355; Karel Husa (b. 1921) – Suite for Viola and Piano, Op. 5; Viktor Kalabis (1923-2006) – Sonata for Viola and Piano, Op. 84*; Jindřich Feld (1925-2007) – Sonata for Viola and Piano*

Kristina Fialová: viola (Carlo Antonio Testore – Contrada 1745), Igor Ardašev: piano

Kalabis: Symphonies & Concertos

Symphony No. 2 “Sinfonia pacis”, Op 18; Symphony No. 3, Op. 33; Symphonic Variations, Op. 24; Concerto for Large Orchestra, Op. 25; Violin Concerto No. 1, Op. 17; Violin Concerto No. 2, Op. 49; Concerto for Harpsichord and Strings, Op. 42; Concerto for Piano and Wind Instruments, Op. 64; Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra “Le tambour de villevieille”, Op 36; Concertino for Bassoon and Wind Instruments, Op. 61

Josef Suk, Petr Škvor – violin, Zuzana Růžičková – harpsichord, Milan Langer – piano, Miroslav Kejmar – trumpet, Jiří Formáček – bassoon, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra / Wolfgang Sawallisch, Jiří Bělohlávek, Zdeněk Košler, Václav Neumann, Ladislav Slovák, Prague Symphony Orchestra, Prague Chamber Orchestra / Viktor Kalabis, Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra / Miloš Konvalinka, Tomáš Koutník

Czech Music Direct Podcast

Slide-Show version of the Czech Music Direct Podcast. This edition introduces American label MSR Classics and features their 3 disc set of music by Czech composer Viktor Kalabis, and highlights Windscape in Dvorak.

Zuzana Růžičková .

Bach: The Complete Keyboard Work

Release date: 21st October, 2016
20 CD box set 0190295930448

Zuzana Růžičková’s Bach recordings were made for Erato between 1965 and 1975. In late 2016, just ahead of her 90th birthday, Erato/Warner Records released a remastered complete 20-CD box set. Zuzana was the first person in the world to record the complete works of Johann Sebastian Bach.  Now available on Amazon and via Warner Music.

Hommage a Zuzana Ruzickova / Bach, Scarlatti, de Falla, Kalabis, Poulenc, Rychlik, Martinu

Suphraphon, celebrating the “First Lady of the Harpsichord”, has released two new double sets of CDs.

Hommage a Zuzana Ruzickova / Bach, Scarlatti, de Falla, Kalabis, Poulenc, Rychlik, Martinu

Harpsichord Music from England, Spain and Portugal / Zuzana Ruzickova

Bach: Harpsichord Concertos
Catalogue Number: SU 4222-2
Published: 21st April 2017
Genre: Classical
Format: 2 CD

Harpsichord Music from England, Spain and Portugal
Catalogue Number: SU 4118-2
Published: 15th June 2012
Genre: Chamber Music
Format: 2 CD

Keyboard music of the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries from Spain and Portugal (Cabezón, Carvalho, Seixas, Soler) and England (Byrd, Bull, Croft, Morley, Dowland, Farnaby, Munday, Peerson, Richardson, Purcell)

To celebrate the 85th birthday of the “First Lady of the Harpsichord”, Supraphon is once more returning to Zuzana Růžičková’s extensive discography. Hot on the heels of the previousrelease (SU 4117-2), dedicated to Bach, Scarlatti and 20th-century works, this CD is focused on the very beginnings of the history of the harpsichord and the music intended for this instrument.The period spanning the 16th-18th centuries delimitates (disregarding modern music) the entire epoch of the harpsichord’s pre-eminence. Juxtaposing the harpsichord repertoire from the Iberian Peninsula with that hailing from the British Isles gives rise to interesting comparisons. Spain and England had bitter long-term political tensions, yet when it comes to the beginnings of music for keyboards we can find strong similarities between the two countries, including the influence of the powerful organ and lute traditions. Zuzana Růžičková’s supreme musicality makes these recordings more than a document; her accounts allow this precious music to dazzle in fine shades of colour and light. These sublime recordings are being released on CD for the very first time.