VIKTOR KALABIS (1923-2006): Symphony No. 2, Op. 18 "Sinfonia pacis" (Czech Philharmonic Orchestra; Zdenek Kosler. Oct. 7 & 12, 1987), Symphony No. 3, Op. 33 (CPO; Jirí Belohlávek. Nov.-Dec. 1972), Violin Concertos No. 1, Op. 17 (Petr Skvor [violin], Prague Symphony Orchestra; Viktor Kalabis. Nov. 30, 1984), and No. 2, Op. 49 (Josef Suk [violin], CPO; Wolfgang Sawallisch. June 19, 1980), Symphonic Variations, Op. 24 (CPO; Václav Neumann. Feb. 9, 1968), Concerto per grande orchestra, Op. 25 (CPO; Ladislav Slovák. April 14 & 16, 1971), Trumpet Concerto "Le tembour de villevielle", Op. 36 (Miroslav Kejmar [trumpet], Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra; Milos Kovalinka. March 28, 1976), Concerto for Harpsichord and Strings, Op. 42 (Zuzana Ruzicková [harpsichord], Prague Chamber Orchestra; Kalabis. Jan. 6, 1980), Concerto for Piano and Winds, Op. 64 (Milan Langer [piano], Prague RSO; Tomás Koutník. Nov. 11-19, 1981), Concerto for Bassoon and Winds, Op. 61 (Jirí Formácek [bassoon], Czech Philharmonic Wind Ensemble; Mormácek. March 22, 1985).
Catalogue Number: 03O014
Reference: SU 4109-2
Description: The second three-disc set of Kalabis to appear in 30 months (see 09M010 for the Supraphon-licensed MSR Classics set which was announced as a "Limited Authorized Edition") supplies the CD catalogue with more large-scale approachable, tonal works of varying styles from post-Romantic to neo-Classical. The two anguished symphonies (No. 2 from 1959-61 in the shadow of the Cold War and Cuban Missile Crisis and No. 3 from 1970-71 plainly influenced by the crushing of the Prague Spring) are central to his œuvre but the agitated and tragic Concerto for Orchestra (1966-67) and the first violin concerto (1958-59) also reflect the fraught international atmosphere of the times. 3 CDs.