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.
“… 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…”
« Out of this world…It has been a long time since the audience were as enthusiastic as at this concert…the Czech star violinist Pavel Sporcl tore the audience from their seats, cheering…at the cadence of the first movement you could hear a pin drop…the audience were so under his spell, then […]
… the Caprice No. 24, performed with a lightness of touch, Šporcl’s flexibility of tempo making the piece sound as if it’s being improvised. To read more click here Read Pavel Šporcl’a First Person for theartsdesk on Paganini and the Czech tradition
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Mendelssohn violin concerto
New video in the Strad!
This may just be the finest account of Mendelssohn’s E minor Concerto that I have heard’ writes Musical Opinions’s Guy Rickards of the star Czech violinist’s performance with the English Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Kenneth Woods. The Strad calls it ‘stunning’.
Pavel Šporcl – » the finest live account of Mendelssohn’s «
« Might be the finest live account of Mendelssohn’s E minor Concerto I have heard »!
Musical Opinion – Guy Rickards:
« This was special…Pavel Šporcl is a Czech violinist of prodigious technical ability and extraordinary musicality and both attributes were put into play in what may just be the finest live account of Mendelssohn’s E minor Concerto I have heard…(he) produced a very fluent account of the opening movement, taken quite quickly, as was the central span. The speeds, however, seemed perfectly right, with Šporcl in complete command of the work as a whole, the accompaniment throughout beautifully shaped by Woods. There were some lovely instrumental solos from the band, too, particularly from the horns. The finale fair danced along—and at quite a lick, too—in an immaculate performance that was deservedly rewarded by sustained applause. Šporcl rewarded the audience with a brief encore of Paganini’s 5th Caprice. »!