Dvorak / Smetana / Suk
Irnberger / Geringas / Kaspar
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The growing national consciousness of the European peoples in the 19th century led to numerous innovations and changes in many countries that had hitherto held onto the artistic models of Central and Western Europe. In the case of Czechoslovakia in the Austro-Hungarian monarchy, Antonin Dvorak is besides Bedrich Smetana and Josef Suk probably the composer that first comes to mind who masterfully understood how to weave into their works the essence of the popular folk songs and dances. Thomas Albertus Irnberger, violin, Pavel Ka?par, piano and David Geringas, cello, present the four piano trios by Dvorak as well as the piano trios by Smetana and Suk on this 3-SACD box.
Pavel Kaspar studied with Prof. Rudolf Macudzinski in Bratislava, Prof. Frantisek Rauch in Prague and then with Prof. Ludwig Hoffmann in Munich. The Czech pianist holds regular concerts throughout Europe, Israel, Turkey, China, Mexico, the USA and Canada.
His CD with piano works by Ludwig van Beethoven and Joseph Haydn was released by Artesmon in 2010 and the same year another CD with the Czech flautist Roman Novotny with works by Francis Poulenc, Bohuslav Martinu, Darius Milhaud and Francois Born. For the Swiss label Tudor, Pavel Kaspar recorded the piano works by Bohuslav Martinu on four CDs, earning the very best reviews from the international press.
Thomas Albertus Irnberger, who was born in Salzburg in 1985, is among Austria's leading violinists. At the age of 15 in the Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels he celebrated a debut that attracted widespread attention, and ever since is performing as a soloist and chamber musician in major concert halls in Europe, Israel and in Asia.
His more than 40 recordings have regularly been the recipients of prizes and top rankings from the international press.
His regular chamber music partners include such noted figures as Paul Badura-Skoda, Jörg Demus, Michael Korstick, David Geringas, Barbara Moser, Pavel Ka?par and Edoardo Torbianelli. Since 2008 Thomas Albertus Irnberger has devoted himself to research into and the rediscovery of "ostracised composers" and in Israel he played the first performance of the violin concerto by Hans Gál.
Born in Vilnius/Lithuania, the cellist and conductor David Geringas is today numbered among the elite of music. His intellectual severity, stylistic versatility, his melodic feeling and the sensuality of the sound he produces have brought him awards from all around the world. A former student of Rostropovich and winner of the first prize and the gold medal at the Tchaikovsky competition (1970), he can now look back on a career that has extended over decades.
Well-known contemporary composers such as Sofia Gubaidulina, Ned Rorem, P?teris Vasks and Erkki-Sven Tüür have dedicated cello concertos to David Geringas. He was the first musician to perform many works of the Russian and Lithuanian avant-garde in the West.
As conductor David Geringas appears regularly on podia at home and abroad and listeners have frequently had the opportunity to experience him in the double function as cellist and conductor. In the winter semester 2014/2015 David Geringas was visiting professor at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles and at the Manhattan School of Music in New York.