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Hartl, Karla and Erik Entwistle, eds. The Kapralova Companion. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2011. ML410.K184 K37 2011.
The first and only major study of Kapralova in English. One cannot understand Martinu's relationship without knowing Kapralova first. Karla Hartl provides the foundation of the work, supplying a biography, annotated chronology, complete catalog of works, a comprehensive bibliography, and discograghy. Supporting essays by Jindriska Bartova, Erik Entwistle, Timothy Cheek, and Judith Mabary offer excellent in-depth studies of her works. An expansive index can help the reader navigate mentions of Martinu, but the entire book is relevant to the study of both composers.—Robert Simon. Bohuslav Martinu: A Research and Information Guide. NY: Rouledge, 2014.

Mucha, Jiri. Podivne lasky. Prague: Mlada fronta, 1988. ML422.K195 M8 1988.
Years after the war, Mucha set out to tell the story of himself, Martinu, Kapralova, and the Czech artists in Paris. It is beautifully written and tells a compelling story but, while Mucha did consult primary sources, the book is first and foremost a novel. He only had access to part of Kapralova's correspondence, relied heavily on secondhand accounts, and made assumptions to fill in the blanks. While we can get some idea of Martinu and Kapralova from the story, we learn far more about Mucha and his version of what transpired in Paris during those fateful years. —Robert Simon. Bohuslav Martinu: A Research and Information Guide. NY: Rouledge, 2014.

Uher, Jindrich. Ona a Martinu Prague: Cesky spisovatel, 1995. PG5039.31.H4 O5 1995.
Another fictional account of Kapralova and Martinu's relationship. While Uher claims that he has access to new sources from Kapralova's estate, they appear to be primarily rumours and gossip, and the novel is similar to Mucha's in many regards. A revised and expanded second edition was published in 2002 by Sursum. -Robert Simon. Bohuslav Martinu: A Research and Information Guide. NY: Rouledge, 2014.

Treti rozhoduje. Rodinna dramaturgie a svetova hudba.
Osmiuhla slavnostni sin zamku v Rajci nad Sazavou se stala ve stredu 5. cervna dejistem tretiho ze ctyriatriceti koncertu letosniho devatenacteho rocniku Concentu Moraviae [...] Jeho protagonistkami byly dve sestry, fletnistka Clara Novakova a pianistka Dora Novakova-Wilmington, jez provedly dve skladby sveho otce Jana Novaka, jednu jeho ucitele Bohuslava Martinu a jednu od Vitezslavy Kapralove, tedy tri mimoradnych tvurcich osobnosti, jez spojil pohnuty osud mnoha pouty. [...] Klavirni exhibici se stalo take dalsi cislo poradu, Groteskni passacaglia Vitezslavy Kapralove. [...] Groteskni passacaglia je brilantni klavirni miniatura, napsana chytre a zkusene (kompozicne i pianisticky) v duchu evropske moderny tricatych let a vtipkujici na ucet dustojne formy - aspon tak ji predvedla pianistka Dora.
From a review by Jiri Benes for Brno-Mesto hudby, June 9, 2014.

Od Janacka ke Stedronovi. Hudebni prochazka Brnem.
V pondeli probehl prvni ze dvou orchestralnich koncertu Ensemblu Opera Diversa jarni casti sezony. [...] Na dalsi skladbu se pripojila kmenova dirigentka souboru Gabriela Tardonova a solistka vecera, klaviristka Alice Rajnohova. Partita pro klavir a smyccovy orchestr, op. 20 Vitezslavy Kapralove byla v jejich podani precizni a podmaniva. Gesto dirigentky v prvni vete ostre, v druhe naopak vlacne a mekke presne sedelo k hudebnimu charakteru vet. Zvuk klaviru, ktery byl zamerne postaven vedle orchestru na jeho uroven, byl mene vyrazny nez pri Novakove koncerte, kde stal solisticky pred ostatnimi hraci. Celkovy dojem byl oproti ostatnim skladbam subtilnejsi, snad v dusledku zenskeho prvku autorky a interpretek.
From a review by Aneta Bendova for Brno-Mesto hudby, May 2, 2014.

Prijemne chytry recital
Dila Navzdy brnenske skladatelky Vitezslavy Kapralove a nasledne duet "Nejsem dub" z opery na libreto Pavla Drabka Pickelhering 1607 aneb Novy Orfeus z Bohemie, jehoz autorem je skladatel Opery Diversy Ondrej Kyas, utvorila konec prijemneho stredecniho vecera, ktery se dockal silnych a vrelych ovaci.
From a review by Simon Koreny for Opera PLUS, March 6, 2014.

Koncert Laska a zena... z naseho cyklu Hudba bez hranic
Marketa Janackova a Pavla Svestkova pravidelne spolupracuji od roku 2008. Obe umelkyne predvedly skvelou souhru ve spolecnem repertoaru, Marketa Janackova se predstavila i jako solistka. (Jindy ji tez muzete slyset i jako clenku Janackova tria, jehoz je vudci osobnosti). V krasnem tematickem programu - o lasce v jejich nejruznejsich podobach, milenecke, materske, lasce k zivotu i k Bohu, zaznely pisne a skladby nejvyznamnejsich jubilantu letosniho Roku hudby. V uvodu to byly zname Pisnicky na jednu stranku Bohuslava Martinu, kterym se v hlase Pavly Svestkove dostalo jak potrebne lyriky a vrelosti, tak i rozpustilosti. Nasledovala malokdy uvadena Dubnova preludia pro klavir od vyjimecne nadane ceske skladatelky Vitezslavy Kapralove. [ . . .] Marketa Janackova jejich svedectvi podala ve velmi pusobive podobe. Urcite svou brilantni a zaroven procitenou interpretaci presvedcila mnoho tech, kteri Kapralove hudbu neznali, ze jde o dilo hodne vetsi propagace na ceskych i zahranicnich podiich. Dokazaly to i nasledujici pisne Vitezslavy Kapralove, opet prednesene obama umelkynemi, ukazujici na odlisnost prozivani lasky zenou na rozdil od svych muzskych protejsku.
From a review by Martina Fialkova for Cesky dialog, 2, February 2014.

Kapral, Kapralova, Martinu: Quartetti per archi. Radioservis DDD.
Uno splendido cd, che possiede numerosi pregi, fra i quali quello di fornire un ulteriore apporto alla discografia dedicata a Vitezslava Kapralova.
From a review by Marco del Vaglio for Nuova e Nostra, No. 1, January 5, 2014.

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