Out Now – New Recording by Josef Špaček
On 8 September Supraphon will release Josef Špaček’s new recording of works by Bohuslav Martinů. The recording includes three pieces for violin and piano, displaying various styles and influences the composer embraced. In the rarely performed Concerto for Violin, Piano and Orchestra Josef Špaček and pianist Miroslav Sekera are accompanied by the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Petr Popelka.
“It’s a great advantage for string instrument players that Bohuslav Martinů was a violinist himself. Although being singular in terms of technique and applying his own deep-rooted practices, his pieces are ‘performer-friendly’. When it comes to the Concerto for Violin, Piano and Orchestra, the violin part is particularly challenging. Nevertheless, Martinů evidently knew precisely how far he could go, so as to keep it playable,” Josef Špaček said.