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Piano Works Vol. 1

Tomas Svoboda

Solo Piano
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Duration: 70 min.

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Tomas Svoboda in Review

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    Tomas Svoboda is one of the most widely performed living composers of art music in the western, classical, concert-hall tradition. This is his solo premiere on a recording entirely of his own works. It is a landmark in his career and a major contribution to the world's body of recorded music.

"Svoboda is that rare modern composer unafraid to disclose feelings, expressed in rich melodies and sonorities. This collection spans three decades, from 1965 to 1994, and is vividly pictorial. Strong rhythms, startling clarity of textures and appealing melodic shapes range from mild and carefree to insistent and driving."
-- David Stabler - The Oregonian (Jan. 2000)

"...a gem; it joyously explores the composer's Czech roots and diverse tonal explorations. Like the great Czech composer Janacek, Svoboda writes primarily lyrical music with surprising twists and turns. And like that of his contemporary Tobias Picker, Svoboda's music has the echo of nostalgia -- both playful and pensive. These are warm engaging works."
-- Bill Smith - Willamette Week (Feb. 2000)

"Seeing him play reveals the astonishing dexterity that goes into these economically composed pieces...strikingly original works with echoes of Shostakovich and Debussy...with several (recordings) in the works...consider yourself lucky if he plays a concert with each release."
-- James McQuillen - The Oregonian (March 2000)

"...a brilliant talent for developing bittersweet themes that stay with the listener while rarely stooping to the overly cerebral or gratuitously dissonant...a rhythmic subtlety and lyrical freshness that sets him apart from most of his contemporaries."
-- Bill Smith - Willamette Week (June 2000)

"The sheer variety continues to astonish: Sonata No.2... flinty, jazzy neo-classicism with a graceful swinging slow movement...Eulogy...gently mournful; the Four Waltzes evoke a lost Vienna with modernist harmony...Svoboda's technical wizardry... In a forest: Bagatellesis a poetic farewell to the Bohemian forest...Sonatina...full of straight-lined melody and surprising modulations... another example of Svoboda's amazing stylistic range... the sound is of audiophile quality."
-- Jack Sullivan - American Record Guide (Sept./Oct. 2001)

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SONATA No. 2 for Piano, Op.121 (1985)  
    [1]  Allegro moderato LISTEN
    [2]  Andante meditativo LISTEN
    [3]  Allegro vivace LISTEN
EULOGY for Piano, Op.146 (1994)  
    [4]  Moderato doloroso LISTEN
FOUR WALTZES for Piano, Op.68 (1974)  
    [5]  Allegro LISTEN
    [6]  Andante LISTEN
    [7]  Molto vivace LISTEN
    [8]  Moderato LISTEN
SONATINA for Piano, Op.123 (1985)  
    [ 9 ]  Andante LISTEN
    [10]  Adagio LISTEN
    [11]  Allegro LISTEN
BAGATELLES "In a Forest" for Piano, Op.42 (1964-65)  
    [12]  Trails LISTEN
    [13]  Aspens LISTEN
    [14]  Rocks LISTEN
    [15]  Holy Cross LISTEN
    [16]  Forest & Meadows LISTEN
AUTUMN for Piano, Op.110a (1982-83)  
    [17]  Moderato LISTEN
    [18]  Allegro moderato LISTEN
    [19]  Lento rubato - Vivace LISTEN

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Tomas Svoboda's works are heard
on the NPM recordings:

Chamber Works - The Definitive Collection - beautifully packaged 5 disc set of Svoboda's NPM releases

Dreams of a Dancer - Trio Spektrum

Chamber Works - Vol. 1 - With Clarinet - composer at the piano with Michael Anderson and members of OFAM

Children's Treasure Box - composer at the piano

Four Visions - Music for 1, 2 & 3 Pianos - composer at the piano with David Svec & Daniel Wiesner

Music from Bohemia - Trio Spektrum

Nine Etudes in Fugue Style - composer at the piano

Piano Four Hands - Tomassetti & Cooper

Piano Trios - Members of the Martinu String Qt. w/ the composer at the piano. (recipient of a 2001 American Record Guide Critics' Choice Award)

String Quartets, No. 1-4 - Martinu Quartet

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