JOSEF KLICKA (1855-1937): Fantasy on the St. Wenceslas Chorale, Concert Fantasy in F Sharp Minor, Legend in D Minor, Concert Fantasy in C Minor.

Catalogue Number: 01K052

Label: Alpha

Reference: 106

Format: CD

Price: $17.98

Description: In something of a major discovery for Czech music collectors, this 2006 release (also overlooked by Alpha's transient U.S. distributors) presents an important composer who, with Smetana, led the way toward a national Czech musical style (he also took over Dvorák's composition classes while the latter was in New York). The St. Wenceslas Fantasy (1895) evokes the suppression of the Czech people under the Austro-Hungarian empire in almost every note of its emotional, struggle-laden passage while the Legend is redolent of Czech folk-song (which also appears less prominently in the C minor Fantasy Michel Esteller-Brun (organ of Saint-Joseph des Nations, Paris).

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