« Homage to Jan Kubelik » – Pavel Sporcl’s new CD

Pavel Sporcl’s records long-lost violin concerto by forgotten violinist  Jan Kubelik in « Homage To Jan Kubelik’ with Prague Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Tomas Brauner. 

It comprises the world premiere recording of Jan Kubelik’s Violin Concerto No.1 and Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto. Violinist-composer Jan Kubelik, father of the conductor Rafael Kubelik, was one of the world’s biggest music celebrities, then faded into obscurity with the outbreak of war.

JAN KUBELIK – concerto n°1 pour violon  

FELIX MENDELSSOHN – concerto en mi mineur 

This is what the « Pizzicato » wrote about:


“… This CD must be recommended above all because of its soloist, the Czech violinist Pavel Sporcl. Indeed, the violinist impresses with an absolutely perfect and in all respects balanced playing. In addition, he surprises with a darkly timbred, open and wonderfully full sound, which is more in the tradition of the old masters than now the more analytical, delicate sound of the middle and younger generations. Accordingly, the interpretations of the 1st Violin Concerto by Jan Kubelik (in world premiere recording) and the Violin Concerto by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy are also very musical and playful.

Sporcl’s individual playing gives the Mendelssohn concerto new perspectives in terms of sound and dynamics. Kubelik’s concerto, composed in 1920, pays homage to the Czech tradition, especially in the first movement, and remains entirely in a late romantic style. The pathos of the opening movement is no longer found in the two following movements; here Kubelik, though always very tonal and melodic, now seems to be thinking somewhat in the direction of modernism. At any rate, one gets this impression from Sporcl’s fantastic playing…”