Reviews

  • CD Review

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Andante cantabile, Variations on a Rococo Theme for Violoncello and Orchestra Op. 33 (original version), Elegy for String Orchestra in G major, Pezzo capriccioso for Violoncello and Orchestra Op. 62 (original version);
Sergei Prokofiev: Sinfonietta in A major Op. 48

Jiří Bárta – cello
Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Pardubice
Leoš Svárovský – conductor
ArcoDiva 2012
Highly interesting dramaturgy makes this CD very atractive. [...] An excellent decision was the choice of Prokofiev’s Sinfonietta A major op. 48 from 1908. The composer’s early piece in distinctive interpretation of the Pardubice philharmony has its appropriate brilliance. [...] The conductor Leoš Svárovský took the orchestra to the top of its best abilities which prooved to be  remarkable rich.
Luboš Stehlík, Harmonie 3 / 2013

  • Concert at the Prague Spring Festival 2012

The conductor Marko Ivanović and the Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Pardubice prepared an excellent performance of Beethoven’s First symphony. [...] Modulating chords in tutti entered with masterly precision and strings, interwoven with woodwinds, literally sang. The phrases in the entry of the Allegro part were convincingly performed in last detail.
Miloš Pokora, Hudební rozhledy 7 / 2012

  • CD Review

Jakub Jan Ryba: Česká mše vánoční [Czech Christmas Mass], pastorellas, Jan Václav Antonín Stamic: Sinfonia pastorale in D major op. 4 No 2, Václav Pichl: Sinfonia pastoralis in D
Anna Hlavenková – soprano, Sylva Čmugrová – alto, Jan Ondrejka – tenor
Roman Janál – bass, Pavel Černý – organ, harpsichord
Czech Boys Choir Boni Pueri (Pavel Horák – chorus master)
Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Pardubice
Marek Štryncl – conductor
Arco Diva 2011
I have enjoyed this Mass and indeed the performances more than any other version I have ever heard. [...] the word that constantly comes to mind is charming. It’s all quite seasonal in its happy disposition.
Gary Higginson, Music Web International, United Kingdom (2011)

  • CD Review

L. van Beethoven: Symphony no. 2 Op. 36, B. Smetana: Scherzo from Festive Symphony Op. 6, B. Martinů: Sinfonietta La Jolla
Tomoko Asahina – piano
Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Pardubice
Marko Ivanović – conductor
Arco Diva 2010
The Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Pardubice grew up on the classical repertoire and this tradition is obvious. The orchestra sounds perfectly coordinated and accurately in details, which is a mark of a hard work. [...] In the Beethoven’s symphony the dynamics is very well done [...] and the instrumental solos (flute, violoncello, dialogue of horn and oboe in finale, etc.) sound in a chamber orchestra purely and lightly.
Vlasta Reittererová, Harmonie 4 / 2011

  • CD Review

Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony no. 1 C major op. 21, Bohuslav Martinů: Concerto for Oboe and Small Orchestra H 353, Miroslav Kabeláč: Symphony no. 4 „Camerata“ op. 36
Vilém Veverka – oboe
Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Pardubice
Marko Ivanović - conductor
Arco Diva 2009
The Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Pardubice is one of our most prominent music ensembles outside Prague. They secure their permanent position by both a stable performance and a large and sufficiently diverse range of dramaturgy. All these features are now to be found on the representative CD, created for the 40th anniversary which the orchestra celebrated last year. Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Pardubice is presented here as a body which can equally cope not just with classical pieces but also with the works of modern composers. The recording is thus an encounter of Ludwig van Beethoven, Bohuslav Martinů and Miroslav Kabeláč. Beethoven‘s Symphony No. 1 in C Major was chosen first. We feel joy and spark from the interpretation, so it is a nice opening of the whole recording. The Concerto for Oboe and Small Orchestra by Bohuslav Martinů sounds very well too. Its rich colourfulness shines almost kaleidoscopically. The two external movements have the solo instrument literally „play games and speak with the orchestra" (the complicity of visiting Vilém Veverka with the orchestra is evident), while the middle part impresses with full seriousness, nostalgic and alluring, as the core of the composition. Symphony No. 4 "Camerata" by Kabeláč is built on mood and rhythmic contrasts ... The performance of Pardubice Philharmonic manages to evoke an atmosphere of certain reverie and tension. Short instrumental solos from the string and brass section in the 3rd and 4th movement are a good signature of the orchestra members. … The representative CD is also the first recording of the Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of new conductor Marko Ivanović. And it also seems that the new chief conductor managed to assimilate with the orchestra in a short time, that the so far successful journey of Pardubice Philharmonic is not compromised, but rather regenerated by a new, fresh look. The Jubilee CD sounds not only as a happy balance, but also as a hopeful promise for the future.
Jaroslav Someš, Hudební rozhledy 2 / 2010

  • CD Review

Ludwig van Beethoven: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra no. 5 E flat major op. 73 „Imperial“, Sonata for Piano no. 24 F sharp major op. 78
Michal Mašek – piano
Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Pardubice
Leoš Svárovský – conductor
Arco Diva 2008
… The Imperial Concert acquired the necessary swing and shine in the external movements while in the open movement we appreciate the beautifully (and yet in essence very "simply"), modelled melodies. .. The Chamber Philharmonic is an excellent partner to Michal Mašek, with special attention deserved by its highly sophisticated brass section...
Věroslav Němec, Harmonie 6 / 2009

  • Dagmar Pecková Recital: Concert of the year!

The famous mezzo-soprano performed together with Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Pardubice Devotees of beautiful music experienced a concert of the year in the regional town. Pardubice Chamber Philharmonic included a recital by the leading Czech mezzo-soprano Dagmar Pecková in its subscription series. A native of nearby Medlešice, who is now a world-class singer with experience in concert halls and opera houses in Europe and overseas, brought the Suk Hall filled to the last place to enthusiastic applause three times, culminating quite deservedly by a standing ovation. The success of all evenings was also contributed by their meticulous dramaturgy. Dagmar Pecková presented herself as the interpreter of a song cycle as well as operatic repertoire. In the first part of the concert she presented in her inimitable way Five Poems by Mathilde Wesendonck, a cycle by Richard Wagner, orchestrated by Felix Mottl. The audience barely breathed... Dagmar Pecková convinced that her range was very wide indeed by performing excerpts from the operas of G.F. Händel, C.W. Gluck and W. A. Mozart. The hall quite justly resounded with „Bravo!“ acclamations… Acclaim for the presented performance is also well deserved by the Chamber Philharmonic, conducted by Leoš Svárovský...
Deník, 16. 2. 2008

  • Concert at the international Prague Spring music festival 2007

The Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Pardubice, conducted by Leoš Svárovský, is one of the leading regional orchestras in the country. Its Prague performances show off their careful preparations and are characterised by their convincing performances and also the warm reception from their audiences…
In the opening to Franz Schubert's Symphony no. 3 in D major (D200) this surprisingly mature work proved to be profuse with colour and ideas. The Pardubice orchestra proved that they could lift these ideas appropriately, placing an emphasis on the symphonic sweep of the composition and that they could direct it with a rhythmic discipline … Schubert's symphony was followed by a one-off Concerto for violoncello and orchestra in C, op. 37 by the modernist Erich Wolfgang Korngold, which stood out with its dramatic crispness, instrumentally coloured contrasts and extreme solo part. This task was swiftly taken up and fully drawn out by the young violoncellist Petr Nouzovský ... After the break we heard the Capriccio for violoncello and small orchestra by the outstanding Czech 20th century progressivist Jan Novák… This soloist not only “stuck to” the line and most importantly the technical impact from the previous performance, but also with an unflagging verve brought out the expressive feelings. At the end the Pardubice Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra brought us another “rollway in the form of an extensive – and could be described as a “triptych” - Toccata Toccata e due canzoni (H 311) by Bohuslav Martinů. The principal conductor Leoš Svárovský proved that he was able to safely manage and experience the effective and complicated work…
Julius Hůlek, Hudební rozhledy VII / 2007

  • From the Prague chamber celebrations

Music at the stock exchange for a third time
The opening concert of this year's event, held in the Corn Exchange at the Czech National Bank, belonged to the Pardubice Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Libor Pešek. The orchestra played highly unctuously, colourfully and observantly, and gave a virtuous performance … In the introductory Overture to Weber's Der Freischütz (The Freeshooter) “recalled” its musical beginnings, when Pešek led the performance, and it was played highly unctuously, colourfully and observantly, and the orchestra gave a virtuous performance … The performance of Beethoven's Concerto for violin, violoncello and piano, op. 58, was a truly unique musical experience...
Michal Matzner, Hudební rozhledy 12 / 2005

  • Amadeus without blemish

A masterful performance: Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Pardubice with their concert „Mozart and Prague“ in the Pro Musica cycle held at the Meistersingerhalle Mozart a Prague – a beautiful and fabulous theme, and it was therefore no surprise that the Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Pardubice selected it as their motto for the guest performance at the second concert from the Nuremberg Pro Musica cycle at the Meistersingerhalle. Under the unpretentious leadership of Leoš Svárovský... the Czech orchestra created a truly Mozartian style of playing at a high musical level and with a masterful style without any unnecessary demonisation or romantisation, effectiveness or false pathos“ the pleasantly homogeneous sound of the strings, the perfect wind parts with the correct level of lightness, yet with energetic accents. Overall they performed at their very best throughout the evening as a highly balanced unit with an admirable feeling for the transparent leading of the line.
Abendzeitung, Norimberk 16. 10. 2004

  • Classical island music with Bostock

A gift from God to the island of Reichenau: exemplary weather during the concert “Classical music in the monastery courtyard” with romance added by the Romanesque monastery of St. Mark and St. Mary in Mittezelle. The completely sold-out concert with an audience of nine hundred and fifty was held this year on the eighth occasion; the Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Pardubice has performed at four of the events. The conductor was Douglas Bostock, and his interpretation of Beethoven's Symphony in C minor gave justice to its moniker “Fate”, even though fate did not represent for the composer an irreversible road to ruin. Bostock's approach moved between these two poles, from the fateful predestination to the human ability to turn fate around. It was an extraordinary experience, and a perfect work of art. The audience agreed as one with applause and cries of “bravo”, to which the orchestra responded with Mozart's overture to “The Marriage of Figaro”.
Gerhard Hellwig, Südkurier 20. 7. 2004

  • Bohemian Orchestra graces Koger Center stage

The philharmonic produces a warm, richly cultivated sound and plays with great discipline and balance... The programme concluded with an affectionate performance of Dvorak´s Czech Suite..., there was certainly much to remember in the piquancy of the Minuetto, the lovely Romanza and the charged Furiant finale...
William W. Starr, The State, Columbia, SC, USA 2. 3. 2000

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