VIKTOR KALABIS (1923-2006): Cello Sonata, Op. 29, Clarinet Sonata, Op. 30, Violin Sonata, Op. 58.

Catalogue Number: 11U055

Label: Supraphon

Reference: SU 4210-2

Format: CD

Price: $19.98

Description: Although he also drew inspiration from 20th-century classics, Kalabis arrived at a synthetic style of his own – a Neo-Romantic alternative, akin to Neo-Classicism. His cello sonata reflects the dramatic events in Czechoslovakia between June and September 1968: the months of euphoria of the Prague Spring, followed by disillusionment and resignation in the wake of the Warsaw Pact’s invasion, which for two decades to come would numb all hopes of freedom. The clarinet sonata (1969) too, clearly refers to the time of its coming into being: drama, grief and sorrow, escalated into harrowing helplessness. The calmer violin sonata (1982) places emphasis on the instrument’s typical ethos – melodiousness, bright sound and soulfulness. Tomáš Jamník (cello), Anna Paulová (clarinet), Jan Fišer (violin), Ivo Kahánek (piano).

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