Katerina Englichova & Vilem Veverka – Impressions / Ravel, Debussy, Sluka: Works for Oboe and Harp (2017) [FLAC 24bit/96kHz]

Kateřina Englichová & Vilém Veverka – Impressions / Ravel, Debussy, Sluka: Works for Oboe and Harp (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 59:51 minutes | 1,1 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Supraphon a.s.

On their previous Supraphon recordings (SU 4185 – Musica per arpa, SU 4188 – Vivaldi, Telemann, Bach, SU 4121 – Telemann, Britten ad.), harpist Kateřina Englichová and oboist Vilém Veverka sufficiently proved their outstanding performance qualities as well as informed interest in such mutually remote music worlds as the Baroque and the 20th century modernism. The present recording – their first made in dues – reflects more than twelve years of their performing together in concerts. The not-so-common combination of oboe and harp provides an endless scale of timbres and the resulting impression is marked both by frailness and confident virtuosity. Ravel’s Le Tombeau de Couperin is the crucial piece on the album and represents the composer’s memories of his friends lost in the First World War. Little musical gems written by Ravel and Debussy resound here in sensitive arrangements which have enriched the compositions by new timbre qualities. Primavera composed by Luboš Sluka was composed explicitly for the Englichová – Veverka duo and appears here in premiere recording.

The musical world of Kateřina Englichová and Vilém Veverka: entrancing timbre scales, frailness and virtuosity

“The playing is exceptional – there is strong evidence is of interpretative sympathy between the two instrumentalists. The recording quality is very clear and uncluttered.” (MusicWeb International)

1. Le tombeau de Couperin: I. Prélude – Vif 03:18
2. Le tombeau de Couperin: II. Forlane – Allegretto 05:56
3. Le tombeau de Couperin: III. Rigaudon – Assez vif 03:19
4. Le tombeau de Couperin: IV. Menuet – Allegro moderato 04:23
5. Le tombeau de Couperin: V. Toccata – Vif 04:25
6. Gabbione per due ussignuoli 04:31
7. Pieces en forme de Habanera 02:47
8. Reverie 04:05
9. Deux arabesques: I. Allegretto scherzando 04:17
10. Suite bergamasque: I. Menuet 04:50
11. Suite bergamasque: II. Prélude 04:28
12. Primavera: I. Lento 02:08
13. Primavera: II. Allegro 05:53
14. Pavane pour une infante défunte 05:31

Debussy, Claude Achille (1862-1918)
Ravel, Maurice (1875-1937)
Sluka, Lubos (b.1928)

Kateřina Englichová, harp
Vilém Veverka, oboe