Váša Příhoda plays

Mozart & Dvořák

ArticleNr. SWR19072CD | 1 CD | 76 min (01:16:00) |  Booklet language  englisch
Year recorded1951-1956
Year published2019
Composer

Antonín Dvořák

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Artists

Váša Příhoda

Maria Bergmann

Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart des SWR

Hans Müller-Kray

Tracks

Antonín Dvořák: Sonatine G major op. 100 for Violin and Piano

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Concerto No. 3 G major K 216 for Violin and Orchestra

Antonín Dvořák: Concerto a minor op. 53 B. 108

Váša Příhoda’s recording of the Dvořák Violin Concerto is available here for the first time. One of the greatest violinists of the 20th century in performances of major works for the violin. Remarkable remastering of the original SWR tapes.

Váša Příhoda was one of the greatest violinists of the 20th century. Toscanini, who heard Příhoda in Italy after the First World War, called him ‘the Paganini of our time’. Thanks to his intercession, Příhoda was able to play many concerts in Italy and the USA. Příhoda uniquely combined superb musicianship with a thrilling technique – even though some of his interpretations of major works might be deemed idiosyncratic.

As a Czech, it isn't surprising that Příhoda felt a strong attachment to Dvořák. When the celebrated violinist returned in 1956 to Prague (where he had been previously barred from playing), he performed Dvořák’s Violin Concerto. The recording of this concerto took place in the same year and is now available on this album for the first time.

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