Recorded on 12/12/2006, uploaded on 01/24/2009
Musician's or Publisher's Notes
Janacek's Pohadka, a
major work and a sonata in all but name, has belatedly entered the cello recitalist's
pantheon of masterworks. Pohadka translates as "fairy tale",
though the tale that serves as the inspiration for the work is fairly incidental to the piece. Cast in three
sections the piecedates
from 1910, by which time Janacek had finally attained a measure of respect and
admiration. The work explores the full range of the cello's palette, with
pizzicato both delicate and sharply struck, and a lush, fluidly melodic line,
infused in the final section with a gentle dance. The piano often supports the
cello's line with ostinato patterns, though there are strong melodies given to
it as well. Michael Cansfield
Courtesy of International Music Foundation.
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