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Viktor Kalabis Music for Clarinet and Horn

by Thomas Martin & Richard Sebring

This is a moving tribute to this major 20th-century Czech composer whose artistic voice was suppressed for the majority of his life, first by the Nazis and later by the Communists.
Genre: Classical: Chamber Music
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1. Variations for Horn and Piano, Op 31: Molto moderato
Richard Sebring & Vytas Baksys
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2. Invocation, Op 90: Allegro drammatico
Richard Sebring
4:57 $0.99
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3. Suite for Clarinet and Piano, Op 55: I. Allegro ma non troppo
Thomas Martin & Vytas Baksys
2:33 $0.99
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4. Suite for Clarinet and Piano, Op 55: II. Andante
Thomas Martin & Vytas Baksys
3:10 $0.99
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5. Suite for Clarinet and Piano, Op 55: III. Vivo
Thomas Martin & Vytas Baksys
2:38 $0.99
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6. Sonata for Clarinet and Piano, Op 30: I. Allegro
Thomas Martin & Vytas Baksys
5:09 $0.99
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7. Sonata for Clarinet and Piano, Op 30: II. Andante
Thomas Martin & Vytas Baksys
5:56 $0.99
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8. Sonata for Clarinet and Piano, Op 30: III. Allegro molto e drammatico
Thomas Martin & Vytas Baksys
10:51 $0.99
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9. Three Impressions for 2 Clarinets, Op 87: I. Allegro ma non troppo
Thomas Martin & Kai-Yun Lu
3:26 $0.99
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10. Three Impressions for 2 Clarinets, Op 87: II. Andante
Thomas Martin & Kai-Yun Lu
6:07 $0.99
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11. Three Impressions for 2 Clarinets, Op 87: III. Allegro vivo
Thomas Martin & Kai-Yun Lu
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“Music for Clarinet and Horn” by Viktor Kalabis—recorded by Boston Symphony Orchestra Associate Principal Clarinet Thomas Martin and Associate Principal French Horn Richard Sebring — is a tribute to this major 20th-century Czech composer whose artistic voice was suppressed for the majority of his life, first by the Nazis and later by the Communists. The Prague Spring of 1968 and the Russian occupation greatly influenced Kalabis' music, and the 1989 Velvet Revolution at last brought him many opportunities. Kalabis remained dedicated to composing and served as the long-time president of the Bohuslav Martinu Foundation. His music has been widely performed, with commissions by the Czech Philharmonic, The Dresden Philharmonic, Josef Suk, Janos Starker, the Prague Spring Festival, and many others.

"As Viktor Kalabis’ artistic collaborator and wife, I am deeply moved and proud of this exciting and wonderful recording by such outstanding musicians. Their performances honor these essential works in Viktor’s oeuvre.

"Out of his creative oeuvre, twenty-three works are partly or wholly dedicated to winds. His very last compositions—sparkling and full of humor—are his ‘couples’ for two clarinets, two oboes, and two flutes, Opp. 87, 91, and 92 respectively. All these pieces found international recognition and form a steady repertoire for soloists and ensembles around the world.

"When he visited Boston, Viktor was enchanted by the orchestra and also by Symphony Hall, its acoustics and form. ‘Would that a work of mine could be played here,’ I remember him wistfully sighing. So, special heartfelt thanks to Mark Ludwig and the wonderful performers of the Boston Symphony Orchestra (Tom Martin and Richard Sebring) for their great efforts in making this very special recording in Symphony Hall, thus fulfilling Viktor’s wish, albeit, alas, posthumously!”

—Zuzana Ruzickova

Messrs. Martin and Sebring are joined by clarinetist Kai-Yun Lu and pianist Vytas Baksys, in this recording sponsored by the Terezín Music Foundation and Kalabis-Ruzickova Foundation.

More information, interviews and historic photos are available on the Terezín Music Foundation (TMF) website. TMF is simultaneously releasing four short video interviews with Ms. Ruzickova, conducted in Prague in 2013. Ms. Ruzickova’s candid talks with TMF Executive Director Mark Ludwig provide unique insights into each of the works recorded here, as well as Kalabis’ inspiration, artistic process, and life as an artist.

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