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Antonin Kubalek, Piano

DOR-90121 Cover - 18270 Bytes Many of the Czech composers of the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries - Dusek, Dusík, Myslivecek, Vanhal, Vorísek and others - were part of an interesting phenomenon: a veritable mass exodus of Bohemian musicians into what at that time might have been considered the farthest reaches of Europe.   Their popularity and fame spread to Mannheim, Berlin, Vienna, Paris, Venice, Naples, Rome and even St.Petersburgh.   Bohemia - that part of what became Czechoslovakia to which the Czechs are native - is a very small territory indeed: it has always teemed with musicians, so it is hardly surprising that many of them found it necessary to travel abroad for their bread and butter, working at the courts of the nobility or for the church.   This trend continued until the development of the Czech nationalist movement in the mid-nineteenth century.
- Antonin Kubalek

[1] Josef Suk (1874-1935):
      Idyl in F Minor, Op. 7
[2] Suk:
      Idyl in F Major, Op. 7
[3] Frantisek Xaver Dusek (1731-1799):
      Presto from Piano Sonata in B-Flat Major
[4] Josef Myslivecek (1737-1781):
      Minuetto in D Major
[5] Jan Krtitel Vanhal (1739-1813):
      Allegro from Sonatina, Op. 2, No. 1
[6] Bedrich Smetana (1824-1884):
      Pleasant Landscape from Sketches Op. 5, Np. 3
[7] Smetana:
      Scherzo-Polka from Sketches Op. 5, No. 1
[8] Jan Ladislav Dusík: (1760-1812):
      Menuet du Carême
[9] Jan Václav Hugo Vorísek (1791-1825):
      Rondo, Op. 18, No. 1
[10] Vorísek:
      Impromptu No. 1 from Six Impromptus, Op. 7
[11] Antonín Dvorák (1841-1904):
      Waltz No. 1, Op. 54
[12] Dvorák:
      At an Old Castle from Poetical Tone Pictures, Op. 85
[13] Dvorák:
      Silhouettes, Op. 8, No. 12
[14] Zdenek Fibich (1850-1900):
      Poem, Op. 41/IV/14

Milan Kymlicka (b.1936) Five Preludes (1986)
[15] i. Andante
[16] ii. Allegro con brio
[17] iii. Adagietto
[18] iv. Allegro Moderato
[19] v. Vivace

[20] Leos Janácek (1854-1928):
      A Blown Away Leaf from On an Overgrown Path
[21] Bohuslav Martinu (1890-1959):
      Polka in A Minor from Etudes and Polkas, Book III
[22] Martinu:
      Etude in F from Etudes and Polkas, Book III
[23] Suk:
      Love Song, Op. 7, No. 1

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