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In the first of an occasional series
on East European music and opera,
RODERIC DUNNETT reviews the
music and recordings of Zdenek Fibich

 

<< Continued from last week

An anthology of Czech piano music - volume 5. Zdenek Fibich. Radoslav Kvapil (c) 1994 Unicorn Records Ltd

Probably the most widely celebrated item of Fibich's output nowadays, the Poème apart, is his  extensive  series  of Moods, Impressions and Reminiscences (Nalady, dojmy a upominky), recently recorded in a first-class series of recordings by the Slovak pianist Marian Lapsansky (on Supraphon, in full, 0188-0191 and 3249-3255) and (a well-judged selection) by the refinedly sensitive Radoslav Kvapil [listen -- track 4, 0:00-0:44] as part of Unicorn-Kanchana's valuable Czech Music series (DKPCD 9149). These works span the 1890s, and serve not just as a slightly fanciful diary of his growing relationship with his pupil and subsequent librettist, Anezka Sulcova (Schulzová), l8 years his junior, but -- as importantly -- of his own emerging style. The op 41 series is markedly under the influence of Schumann and his predecessors; and even the later series, like Dvorák's Silhouetty or some of their Russian and Polish contempories, seem slightly hidebound by the early and mid- l9th century : Florestan and Eusebius never feel far away.

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Copyright © 23 January 2001 Roderic Dunnett, Coventry, UK

 

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