Dvořák, Janáček, Foerster, Martinů - Complete Organ Works
Zach, Kuchař, Kopřiva - Complete Organ Works
Hába, Kabeláč - Complete Organ Works
Dvořák - Complete Choruses
Paganini - Guitar Sonatas
Schubert/Mahler: Death and the Maiden – Janáček: Suite for Strings
Foerster - Male Choruses
Contemporary Czech Guitar 1
Contemporary Czech Guitar 2
Seger - Complete Organ Works 2

Contemporary Czech Guitar 1

V1 - 3902       JOSEF MAZAN – guitar
Total Time 78:25
ATELIER Producing and recording studio Prague,
on 10 June, 2013 and on 19 May, 2014

Bláha, Ivo
Zoo Lessons
  8. Woodpeckers
Urban Štěpán
Semerák, Oldřich
Suita giocosa
Douša, Eduard
Variation Fantasy !
Fischer, Jan Frank
Preludes !
Burghauser, Jarmil
Sarabande et Toccata !
Obrovská, Jana
Quatre Images du Japon
Kučera, Václav
Rak, Štěpán
Dance around a Linden Tree
  Dance around a Linden Tree

This is the 1st part of the 2-disc set through which the Czech guitar virtuoso Josef Mazan (b. 1974), playing a Noël Callaert guitar, pursues a doctor´s degree at the Faculty of Music and Dance of the Academy of Arts in Prague under the direction of Prof. Štěpán Rak.

In his 11-part Zoo Lessons (1984-7) Ivo Bláha (b. 1936) describes a night browsing through the illustrated book about the fauna.

The 4 Impromptus (1957?) by Štěpán Urban (1913-1974) are a potpourri comprised of rapidly alternating and contrasting motifs and moods.

The 4-part Suita giocosa (1989) by Oldřich Semerák (b. 1932) beckons, in the terms of style, to the Neo-Classical idiom. As regards form, the listener may note certain reminiscences of the Baroque suite.

In the Variation Fantasy (1987, rev. 2003) Eduard Douša (b. 1951) concentrates on the pursuit to attract the attention of those listeners who have only scant experience with listening to contemporary music.

The 5 Preludes (1971) by Jan Frank Fischer (1921-2006) inspired by Britten´s Nocturnal after John Dowland, are characteristic by an extended quartal tonality.

In his Sarabande et Toccata (1968) Jarmil Burghauser (1921-1997), a specialist in Dvořák´s work drew inspiration from the Baroque binary form.

Cycle Quatre Images du Japon (1984) by Jana Obrovská (1930-1987), rendering homage to famous Japanese painters, portrays the four elements.

Václav Kučera (b. 1929) wrote his 5-part concert cycle Diario in 1971, inspired by the diary, correspondence, philosophical treatises and poems of the Latin American revolutionary Che Guevara.

The Dance around a Linden Tree (2012) by Štěpán Rak (b. 1945) is a virtuoso composition, using a.o. the composer´s legendary 5-finger technique, celebrates the ancient Celtic dance.

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