VIKTOR KALABIS (1923-2006): Piano Concerto No. 1, Op. 12 (rec. Oct. 22, 1957, cond. Karel Sejna), Symphony No. 4, Op. 34 (rec. Feb. 14, 1975, cond. Zdenek Kosler), Two Worlds, Op. 54 (rec. April 28, 1984, cond. Jirí Belohlávek), Symphony No. 5, Op. 43 (rec. Sept. 19, 1980, cond. Václav Neumann - all Czech Philharmonic Orchestra), Chamber Music for Strings, Op. 21 (Prague Chamber Soloists; Neumann. rec. Jan. 22, 1965), Divertimento for Wind Quintet (Wind Quintet of the Czech Philharmonic. rec. May 2, 1956), String Quartet No. 2 (Vlach Quartet. rec. Feb. 12, 1965), Canonic Inventions for Harpsichord, Op. 20 (rec. July 20, 1976), Sonata for Violin and Harpsichord (Josef Suk [violin]. rec. Sept. 2, 1976), Piano Trio, Op. 39 (Suk Trio. rec. July 8, 1976), Trombone Sonata (Zdenek Pulec [trombone, Jan Vrána [piano]. rec. Feb.14, 1975).
Catalogue Number: 09M010
Label: MSR Classics
Reference: MS 1350
Description: How unusual - Supraphon recordings in a "Limited Authorized Edition" on a small, mid-priced Americal label. Don't miss it! The concerto, the two symphonies and the ballet score Two Worlds (an Alice-in-Wonderland scenario) are approachable works in various mixtures of post-Romantic and neo-classical styles, the symphonies serious and tragic, the others lighter in feel. The only hints of modernism are in the late trio and sonata from the 1970s; one might point out that Ruzicková is Kalabis' widow and apparently had a lot to do with this special, limited edition. Only the concerto and the Divertimento are mono. 3 CDs. Zuzana Ruzicková (harpsichord, piano). Original Supraphon LP recordings.