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Czech Music Direct is your source of music from Eastern Europe and beyond.  Our Czech, Slovak and Bulgarian labels, Arta, Nibiru, Artesmon, Hevhetia, Hev-Het Tune, Pavlik Records, Gega New and others feature the earliest of notated music, through to cutting edge contemporary sounds in Classical, Jazz, World Music, Elektronika and more.  Our American label  MSR Classics,  features British pianist James Brawn’s Odyssey through all Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas, and highlights the work of American composers and ...

Antonin Rejcha - Requiem

Antonin Rejcha (1770 - 1836) spent most of his career outside the Czech lands.  Born in Prague, he worked in Bonn (playing in the same orchestra as Beethoven), and Hamburg, eventually settling in Paris.  Rejcha's Requiem ...

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Nibiru

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01662231

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MSR Classics,  present British pianist James Brawn’s Odyssey through all Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas, which he is recording in Potton Hall, Suffolk, England.  Newly released Volume 6 features rarely heard Sonata 4, in E-flat Major, Sonata 11 in B-flat Major and Sonata 12 in A-flat Major.   

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A Portrait of Clavichord - Johann Christoph Georg Schiedmayer, 1787

Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach

On this recording Jaroslav Tuma plays a clavichord built in 1787 by Johann Christoph Georg Schiedmayer, in Neustadt an der Alsch, Germany.  Its most recent restoration took place over the period 2017-2018 in the workshop of Hamburg based Martin Kather.  In the extensive booklet that comes with this two disc set, Jaroslav Tuma provides a fascinating background into the history of the clavichord and how he prepares to perform on this very subtle instrument.  Listeners are advised not to play this recording at very high volume.  

Price: £25.58

CD No: F10241

Label: Arta

Format: CD

Vata

Edo Klena

Edo Klena is a Slovakian musician who is a tough nut to pin down.  Vata is a typical Edo Klena album comprising 15 single length tracks.  These are mostly upbeat (very) sung in Slovak and performed in a way that draws on Jazz and Folk elements, mixed into heavy Rock beats.

Price: £10.54

CD No: EH 0058-2-331

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Format: CD

Antonin Rejcha - Requiem

Antonin Rejcha

Antonin Rejcha (1770 - 1836) spent most of his career outside the Czech lands.  Born in Prague, he worked in Bonn (playing in the same orchestra as Beethoven), and Hamburg, eventually settling in Paris.  Rejcha's Requiem is the product of his years in Vienna, composed during the period 1802 - 1808.  It can be seen as a link between Mozart's Requiem and the Grande Messe de Mort by Berlioz - one of Rejcha's pupils.

 

Price: £12.54

CD No: 01662231

Label: Nibiru

Format: CD

Latest Podcast & Radio Show

Classic Music Podcast - December 2019

Presented by Laurence Lewis

Running Time: 9.38 mins

Date posted: 29/11/2019

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Bulgarian label Gega New bring Christmas Songs by Bulgarian Polyphony, and Verdi with soprano Lilyana Bareva,  Hevhetia present a Bajka (Tale), while MSR Classics, in Hi-Fi Sound, deliver the mambo-like third movement of Symphony No. 1 by Jimmy Lopez Bellido.

Czech Music Radio Show - Klezmer in Kosice

Presented by Laurence Lewis

Running Time: 24.51 mins

Date posted: 14/10/2019

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In July 2018, Slovakian record label Hevhetia’s JazzBus showcased many of their artists live in gigs at an arts complex in Kosice. On the way the – imaginary – JazzBus stopped at some fringe events, including a Klezmer concert in one of Kosice’s largest synagogues – alas a pale shadow of what it once was. Here’s our complete recording of that concert, presented by Laurence Lewis. Playing Time: 24.51mins.