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Vasa Prihoda Plays the Dvorak Violin Concerto

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Vasa Prihoda (1900-60) can be said to occupy the stylistic middle ground between Jan Kubelik, the great Czech violinist of the preceding generation, and Josef Suk, the quintessential modern Czech virtuoso. Toscanini heard the young Prihoda play in Milan in 1919 and was favourably impressed. This in effect launched his career, leading to concerts and a series of recordings for Odeon's associate, Fonotopia. 'From then on', as Tully Potter puts it in his well-researched booklet essay, 'his success was constant' – though his 'laissez-faire attitude' during the Second World War (when he gave many concerts in Germany) led to charges of collaboration and a ban from performing in Czechoslovakia. This compendium is culled from recordings Prihoda made between 1935 (the Bazzini) and 1943 (the Dvorak and the two movements of the Bach sonata), and catch the violinist in his musical and technical prime. The Dvorák, strongly conducted by van Kempen, is tremendously forthright, full of tonal warmth and vibrancy. Prihoda delivers an excitable but never overwrought interpretation, more overtly personal (and more inclined to take risks) than Suk in his more classically restrained reading with An?erl. In the Bach, Prihoda's breadth and power in the opening Adagio remind me of the old Szigeti recording, though the ensuing Fugue is dispatched with brisk efficiency.The Tartini Violin Sonata contains details that are disturbingly anachronistic – teasing rubato, extravagant cadential ritardandos and a tasteless, inflated cadenza by Prihoda himself. I much prefer Oistrakh's eloquent advocacy of the sonata, using Kreisler's more stylistically apt cadenza. Paganini's Paisiello Variations, though done with an unnecessary piano accompaniment, are dazzling in their pyrotechnics. Even more astonishing is Prihoda's hair-raising performance of Bazzini's Ronde des lutins, especially in the second episode where the hapless player has to sound four rapidly repeated notes, each on a different string. He negotiates these hurdles as triumphantly as did the teenage Heifetz in 1917. What a pity, then, that Prihoda's well-nigh perfect account omits the less technically demanding first episode. Still, whatever my reservations, these skilfully transferred performances make a fine memento of a significant and under-appreciated violinist.Harris Goldsmith -- From International Record Review - subscribe now

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  1. Violin Concerto in A Minor, Op. 53, B. 96: I. Allegro ma non troppo 2:49Album Only
  2. Violin Concerto in A Minor, Op. 53, B. 96: II. Adagio ma non troppo 2:23Album Only
  3. Violin Concerto in A Minor, Op. 53, B. 96: III. Finale: Allegro giocoso, ma non troppo 3:21Album Only
  4. Violin Sonata No. 3 in C Major, BWV 1005: I. Adagio 2:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. Violin Sonata No. 3 in C Major, BWV 1005: II. Fugue 2:15Album Only
  6. Violin Sonata in G Minor, "The Devil's Trill": I. Larghetto affettuoso 3:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. Violin Sonata in G Minor, "The Devil's Trill": II. Allegro moderato 2:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. Violin Sonata in G Minor, "The Devil's Trill": III. Grave - IV. Allegro assai - Andante - Allegro assai 2:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. Violin Sonata in G Minor, "The Devil's Trill": Cadenza (cadenza by V. Prihoda) 3:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
10. Introduction and Variations on Nel cor piu non mi sento from Paisiello's La molinara, Op. 38, MS 44 2:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
11. La ronde des lutins, Op. 25 3:04$0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 27, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Symposium
  • Run Time: 76 minutes
  • ASIN: B0000560XN
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,064,606 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The enormous transcendence of Vasa Prihoda as violinist commenced since the early forties. And precisely this recording meant for him the definitive acknowledgement from the great audiences all over the world.

This Dvorak reading is among the five historical performances ever made of it. The mercurial vigor, the inspiration, the untamed vitality and the extraordinary accompaniment for Van kempen launched him into the arena of the giants of the instrument.

If you don't know yet about the figure and significance of this soloist, it's time for you to purchase this unique musical document.

Recommended without any slight doubt!!!
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