℗ 2014 Lada Valešová
Duration 58m 27s
Record Label AVIE Records
Release Date September 22, 2014
Genre Classical


Lada Valešová

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Dumka in D Minor, B.64
Antonin Dvořák; Lada Valešová
Six Piano Pieces, Op. 7  
No. 5, Elegie
Joseph Suk; Lada Valešová
Dumka and Furiant, Op. 12  
I. Dumka
Antonin Dvořák; Lada Valešová
II. Furiant
Antonin Dvořák; Lada Valešová
Glanes de Woronince, S.249  
III. Complainte "Dumka"
Franz Liszt; Lada Valešová
Dumka in E Flat Minor
Mily Balakirev; Lada Valešová
Dumka in C Minor, Op. 59 "Russian Rustic Scene"
Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky; Lada Valešová
Dumka-Shumka, Second Piano Rhapsody on Ukrainian Folk Themes, Op. 18
Mykola Lysenko; Lada Valešová
Dumka No. 1 for Piano, H. 249 "Contemplation"
Bohuslav Martinů; Lada Valešová
Dumka No. 2 for Piano, H. 250 "Elegie"
Bohuslav Martinů; Lada Valešová
Dumka No. 3 for Piano, H. 285b
Bohuslav Martinů; Lada Valešová
Improvisation on Czech and Slovak Folk Songs
Lada Valešová; Lada Valešová
Duration    58m 27s
"... (a) well thought out and constructed programme ... on the strength of it I look forward to Valešovà exploring more of those rich veins." - MusicWeb International "Four Stars ... wistful, melancholy expression of the Russian and Slavic soul in this (chronological) collection of dumky ... the individual dumka certainly invokes nostalgia ..." - Audiophile Audition "A varied and sensitively planned programme, based on a genre that is in itself full of contrasts, slow against fast, melancholy warmed by occasional sunlight ... Valešová commands a full, rounded tone but passes on facile virtuosity in favour of something mellower." - Gramophone On this innovative 2014 release, Czech pianist Lada Valešová explores the Slavic musical soul through the dumka, the wistful genre to which numerous composers turned to conjure their own aural imagery. Among the many highlights, Valešová describes a Russian autumnal landscape and fiery dance in the Tchaikovsky, a flow of poignant memories in the Dvořák, teardrops followed by recollections of happier days in the Suk and a winter evening by the fireplace while snowflakes dance outside in the Balakirev. "My aim is to take listeners on a journey through different Slavic landscapes, to evoke moods and memories and to pique the curiosity about this compact word dumka and what lies behind it." - Lada Valešová
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Recorded at Martinů Hall, Academy of Music, Prague, Czech Republic, July 15 and 16, 2013 Producer: Jiří Gemrot Sound engineer: Karel Soukeník

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