Suite op.43/Klaviertrio 1
Thomas Albertus Irnberger / Kaspar / Kanka
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Suite op.43/Klaviertrio 1
Karl Goldmark, born in Hungary in 1830, was until the Nazi-Regime in the 1930s one of the most popular and frequently performed Central European Romantic composers. The ostracism of his work continued after World War II, until finally at the end of the 20th century slowly a selective rediscovery of his oeuvre took place. With this recording Salzburg-based violinist Thomas Albertus Irnberger contributes to ending this oblivion of Goldmarks manifold work. Accompanied by Pavel Kaspar, piano and Michal Kanka, cello, Irnberger presents the Suite No. 2 for Violin and Piano in E-flat major, Op. 43 as well as the Trio for Fortepiano, Violin and Cello No. 1 in B-flat major, Op. 4, which - despite being an early work of Goldmark - on the occasion of its premiere in 1854 was enthusiastically acclaimed by critics.
Thomas Albertus Irnberger
Thomas Albertus Irnberger, born in Salzburg in 1985, began playing the violin at the age of seven and piano at age eight. Due to his talent, recognized early on, he was accepted into the class of highly gifted students at the Salzburg Mozarteum at the age of nine. Additional studies brought him to Prof. Josef Sabaini at the Bruckner University in Linz, where he was awarded a Master of Arts degree upon performing his final examination recital with distinction, and to legendary violinist Ivry Gitlis in Paris. He also received significant artistic impetus from Mauricio Fuks, Yair Kless, Alberto Lysy, Igor Oistrakh, Dmitry Sitkovetsky and Grigory Zhislin.
Already at his young age, Thomas Albertus Irnberger has earned an outstanding reputation as soloist in the great violin concertos. Among his chamber music partners are great pianists like Jörg Demus, Paul Badura-Skoda, Evgueni Sinaiski, Pavel Kaspar and Michael Korstick.
Thomas Albertus Irnberger has concertized in numerous of Europe's cultural centers and has been a guest at renowned international festivals, such as the «Festivals internationales de Violon» in France or the Mahler Festival Dobbiaco in Italy.
Born in Prague in 1960, Michal Kanka took up the cello under leadership of Mirko Skampa at the age of seven. Later on, he studied at the Prague Conservatory under Prof. Viktor Moucka (cellist of the famous Vlach string quartet). During his studies at the Prague Academy of Fine Arts - under the tutelage of Prof. Josef Chuchro - he participated in the Gregor Piatigorsky Seminars in Los Angeles under the famous cellists André Navarra, Maurice Gendron and Paul Tortelier in 1983 and 1984.
Michal Kanka has recorded for, among others, Czech Radio, Radio France, Bayerischer Rundfunk, Hessischer Rundfunk, Suedwest Rundfunk, AVRO Radio Holland. His CDs were released by Supraphon, Bonton, Panton, Radioservis Prague, Nuova Era (Italy).
Pavel Kaspar studied with Prof. Rudolf Macudzinski in Bratislava, Prof. Frantisek Rauch in Prague and finished his studies with Prof. Ludwig Hoffmann in Munich.
The prominent German composer Roman Leistner-Mayer dedicated his Piano Concerto to Kaspar, which he premiered in 2001 and which was recorded by Bavarian Radio. With the Prazák Quartet, he premiered the Piano Quintet by Czech composer Otomar Kvech at the Prague Rudolfinum.
The Czech pianist regularly appears all over Europe, Israel, Turkey, China, Mexico, the U.S.A. and Canada.