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Kapralova Quartet matine
Vitezslava Kapralova, Alfred Schnittke, Leos Janacek a jejich smyccove kvartety - to byl obsah posledniho matine festivalu Janacek Brno 2010, ktere melo rozsah regulerniho vecerniho koncertu. Kapralova Quartet hral energicky a predevsim zpevne zcela v duchu tradice zapocate Ceskym kvartetem. Tato charakteristika ostatne dokonale korespondovala se Smyccovym kvartetem op. 8 Vitezslavy Kapralove. [...]
From a review by Boris Klepal for Zapisnik zmizeleho (November 2010).

Vitezslava Kapralova, Bohuslav Martinu: Preludium. Renata Bialasova, piano.
Pianistka Renata Bielasova [..] se velmi uspesne prosazuje v nasem koncertnim zivote jako solistka i jako komorni hracka […] Tentokrat pripravila zajimavy a zasluzny projekt k vyroci brnenske autorky Vitezslavy Kapralove [1915-1940]. Nastudovala vsechna stezejni klavirni dila teto mladicke skladatelky [...] a predklada nam je i na svem nejnovejsim CD. [...] Narocnou Sonatu appassionatu [..] hraje Renata Bialasova s brilanci, nehou, vtipem, pochopenim ruznych nalad i patricnym vygradovanim vzrusenych ploch... [..] Skladba Variace na zvonkohru kostela St. Etienne du Mont [...] by si zaslouzila stejne popularity jako Dubnova preludia; presvedciva a zjevne zaujata interpretace Renaty Bielasove privola mozna tuto skladbu na casteji na koncertni podium. [...]
From a CD review by Vera Lejskova for Hudebni rozhledy 7 (2010).

Turnovsky s FOK. Recenze koncertu 5. 5. 2010
[…] Malo uvadeny Klavirni koncert d moll op. 7 Vitezslavy Kapralove byl v letosni koncertni sezone prijemnym dramaturgickym zpestrenim. Kapralova komponovala tento koncert jako svou absolventskou praci, jiz uzavrela r. 1935 studium na brnenske konzervatori. Prestoze ji bylo tehdy pouhych 20 let a nemela temer zadne zkusenosti s orchestralni instrumentaci, vytvorila osobite dilo, ktere uz pri prvnim provedeni vzbudilo mimoradny ohlas. Orchestralni slozka je prekvapive suverenni a neobycejne barvita, klavirni part je napsan s obdivuhodnym nadhledem i se smyslem pro efekt. Nesmirne zajimave pak pusobi samotny hudebni jazyk mlade skladatelky: v prvni vete - jakkoli originalne ztvarnene - nelze preslechnout silny vliv romantickych klavirnich koncertu. Druha veta je necekane kratka, temer dela dojem, jako by ji skladatelka chtela mit co nejdriv za sebou, aby se mohla pustit se do neceho noveho. Finalni veta pak prekvapi naprosto novou hudebni reci, v niz dominuje inspirace hravym neoklasicismem. Soloveho partu se ujal Tomas Visek - a jen tezko si lze predstavit interpreta povolanejsiho. Byl nejen dokonale technicky pripraveny, ale predevsim hral s obrovskym zaujetim a se zjevnym potesenim. Jeho podani tohoto Koncertu je mozne v jistem slova smyslu povazovat za idealni. Nemensi zasluhu na pusobivem vyzneni dila mel samozrejme i orchestr, ktery se nespokojil s roli „pouheho“ doprovodu, ale byl solistovi rovnocennym a velmi inspirativnim partnerem. […]
From a concert review by Veroslav Nemec for www.fok.cz/recenze-fok, May 14, 2010.

Zaver letosni sezony u Prazskych symfoniku. Koncert 5.5. 2010
[…] Nasledujici skladbou byl Klavirni koncert d moll, op. 7, Vitezslavy Kapralove. Svou prvni orchestralni kompozici skladatelka prokazala, ze umeni instrumentace ve svych dvaceti letech zvladla velmi dobre, v prvni vete mne zaujala kombinace zvuku klaviru, smyccu a bicich nastroju (tympany, cinely, triangl), ve druhe vete pocatecni fugato. Treti veta je az rozmarne vesela, casto se v ni stridaji tempa a usti v mohutne finale. O prestavce jsem mezi navstevniky zaslechl nekolik nadsenych ohlasu. Vynikajicim interpretem pomerne narocneho klavirniho partu byl Tomas Visek, jenz se provadeni moderni hudby venuje systematicky.
From a concert review by Pavel simacek, Opera plus, May 11, 2010.

Silenced Voices. Northeastern Records (1992).
I have owned this CD for about 10 years and it always saddens me to realize that two of the three composers represented here were killed by the Nazis during the Holocaust, and the third probably would not have died but for the war. What a loss. […] The whole recording is wonderful and should be required listening for those who like 20th century chamber music.
From a review by Bryan Ness, for necessarymusic.blogspot.com, posted on February 20, 2010.

Skampa Quartet at the Sage. Beethoven, Kapralova, Debussy.
[..] It was the String Quartet (Op.8) of Vitezslava Kapralova which provided the greatest interest of the evening and was given a fine and fully committed performance which drew an enthusiastic and appreciative response from the large audience.
From a review by Graham Melville-Mason for the Dvorak Society for Czech and Slovak Music Newsletter, 90 (January 2010): 16.

Martinu and the Czech Tradition. The Helios Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Owen Leech, with Tomas Klement as soloist.
[..] The program then took us [..] to the doom-laden yer 1939 and Vitezslava Kapralova's Partita for piano and string orchestra op. 20, in its UK premiere. The two outer movements are extraordinarily lively and dramatic, the second is contemplative, with descending strings, expressing perhaps the composer's grief at the fate of her country. [...] Czechs are fortunate [..] to have been born in a country that inspires such deep attachments and produces composers of such high rank to express them. The pianist Tomas Klement [..] showed his prowess in the way he mastered the tricky rhythms in the Kapralova piece.
From a review by Marian Werner for the Dvorak Society for Czech and Slovak Music Newsletter, 90 (January 2010): 11-12.

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