I. Lento ma non troppo
II. Allegro con spirito
III. Lento ma non troppo
Jindřich Feld
02Visions of Michelangelo for Viola and Orchestra (1976)
Oldřich Flosman
03Planctus. Music for Viola and Symphonic Orchestra (1982)
Sylvie Bodorová
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Jitka Hosprová – viola

Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra / Symfonický orchestr Českého rozhlasu
Conductors / dirigenti – Jan Kučera (1–3, 5), Tomáš Brauner (4)

Released in co-production with Czech Radio
Recorded for Czech Radio at the Studio 1 of the Czech Radio Prague,
 14 and 15 April 2016 (4), 5 and 6 September 2017 (1–3) and 17 April 2018 (5)

Vydáno ve spolupráci s Českým rozhlasem.

Nahráno ve studiu 1 Českého rozhlasu v Praze 14. a 15. dubna 2016 (4), 5. a 6. září 2017 (1–3), 17. dubna 2018 (5).

Recording director / hudební režie – Milan Puklický (1–3, 5), Jiří Gemrot (4)

Recording engineers / mistři zvuku – Jakub Hadraba (1–3), 
Zdeněk Žoček (4), Jan Lžičař (5)

Mastering – Jan Lžičař

Producer / producent – Matouš Vlčinský

We extend our thanks to Cermak Eisenkraft Gallery for the financial support that made the release of this recording possible.

Děkujeme galerii Cermak Eisenkraft za finanční podporu, která umožnila vydání této nahrávky.


01Sonata for Viola and Piano / Op. 11 No. 4
Paul Hindemith
02Sonata for Viola Solo / Op. 25 No. 1
Paul Hindemith
03Sonata for Viola Solo / Op. 11 No. 5
Paul Hindemith
04Trauermusik for Viola and String Orchestra
Paul Hindemith
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Jitka Hosprová’s tribute to the past century’s king of viola

Paul Hindemith (1895–1963) – Sonatas for Solo Viola Op. 11, No. 5 and Op. 25, Sonata for Viola and Piano Op. 11, No. 4, Trauermusik for Viola and String Orchestra

Jitka Hosprová – viola

Jitka Čechová – piano

Prague Chamber Orchestra.

Release date: 1. 6. 2014

On her previous album Monologue (SU 4049–2), Jitka Hosprová presented the most important masterpieces for solo viola from the era of Czech modernism. This time, she decided to dedicate her CD to a composer whose influence was crucial for the emancipation of the viola in the past century – Paul Hindemith. All his pieces for viola were composed in roughly twenty years – and as Hindemith retired as a viola soloist, he also stopped composing music for the instrument.

The pieces selected for this album document Hindemith’s journey from the final phases of Romanticism and Impressionism to his very own unmistakable musical expression, as it is evident in the Sonata Op. 25. The album also features Hindemith’s must-hear Trauermusik, which was composed in London in just six hours and was broadcasted live on BBC the very same evening in January 1936 – with Hindemith playing the solo viola – to honour the death of King George V. Hindemith played by Jitka Hosprová is both technically perfect and emotionally rich, deep and colourful, just like the viola itself.


01Rhapsody​-​Concerto For Viola And Orchestra
Bohuslav Martinů
02Concerto For Viola & Orchestra - Rapsodico
Zdenek Lukas
03Concerto For Viola And Orchestra In D Major, Op. 1
Carl Stamitz
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Martinů – Rhapsody-Concerto for viola and orchestra

Lukáš – Concerto for viola nand orchestra

Stamitz – Concerto for Viola and orchestra

Jitka Hosprová – Prague Chamber Orchestra


01Sonata for Viola Solo
Pavel Borkovec
02Monologue "Ubi Vult" for Viola Solo
Jan Klusak
03Suite for Viola Solo Op. 21
Ladislav Vycpálek
04The Mist of Depression - Fantasy for Viola Solo to the Last Sketch by Bedřich Smetana
Jaroslav Smolka
05Partita for Viola Solo
Jan Klusak
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Jitka Hosprová and her solo viola – passionate, colourful, lively…

Pavel Bořkovec – Sonata Op. 12, Jan Klusák – Monologue “Ubi vult”, Partita, Ladislav Vycpálek – Suite Op. 21, Jaroslav Smolka – The Mist of Depression

Jitka Hosprová – viola

Release date: 18 March 2011

Unlike violin or cello, viola was not lucky enough to get solo partitas by composers like Bach. Only the 20th century started to right the wrongs done to this beautiful instrument. This album presents Jitka Hosprová’s rendition of the best 20th-century works that were composed for viola in the homeland of Dvořák, Smetana, and Janáček. You could hardly find another violist whose repertoire comprises so many pieces from the 20th and 21st century. The album of Jitka Hosprová includes two Czech works of fundamental importance (the dialogical Suite by Ladislav Vycpálek, who studied composition with V. Novák, and the Sonata by Suk’s student Pavel Bořkovec) and pieces by two composers of the older contemporary generation (Klusák, Smolka). The viola played by Jitka Hosprová expresses all the colours of human emotions; it is sad, mysterious, yet pleadingly passionate, silky, yet raw.

It is this vividness that helps the album go beyond the limits of a mere anthology of music; the compositions sound like personal testimonies – and it is more than easy to fall in love with the timbre of Jitka Hosprová’s viola!


01Trio Sonata for Flute, Viola & Harp, KV 423
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
02Sonate pour flûte, alto et harpe
Claude Debussy
03Petite suite pour flûte, alto et harpe
André Jolivet
04Serenade for Flute, Viola & Harp, Op. 25
Ludwig van Beethoven
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Mozart / Debussy / Jolivet/ Beethoven

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Trio Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp, K.V. 423
Claude Debussy Sonate pour flute, alto et harpe
André Jolivet Petite suite pour flute, alto et harpe
Ludwig van Beethoven Serenade for Flute, Viola and Harp, Op. 25

Bohemia Luxembourg Trio:

Carlo Jans – flute

Jitka Hosprová – viola

Kateřina Englichová – harp


01Musique Concertante Pour Flûte, Alto, Harpe Et Cordes
Jindřich Feld
02Music For Harp & Strings​
Zdeněk Lukáš
03Tristium - Concert Phantasy For Viola & Strings
Viktor Kalabis
04Sonate Pour Flûte Et Orchestre À Cordes
Jindřich Feld
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Carlo Jans – flute

Jitka Hosprová – viola

Kateřina Englichová – harp

Prague Chamber Orchestra, Antonín Hradil.

Production: ArcoDiva. Text: Č, A. Record date: 9/2006, Studio Domovina, Prague. Released: 2006. TT: 68:20. DDD. 1 CD ArcoDiva UP 0097-2 131 (distribution Classic).

The Czech Republic traditionally has a strong bond with Luxembourg. Its capital, Luxembourg City, is the resting place of the remains of Charles IV, one of the squares in Luxembourg City is named after Jan Palach, and the broadcast of Radio Luxembourg reached the Czech Republic even during the hardest totalitarian times. One of the results of the friendly relationships between the two countries is an album of compositions by Jindřich Feld, Zdeněk Lukáš and Viktor Kalabis, released with the support of the Luxembourg Embassy in Prague. The music is performed by violist Jitka Hosprová, harpist Kateřina Englichová and Luxembourg flautist Carlo Jans. The three musicians are nicely accompanied by the Prague Chamber Orchestra led by Antonín Hradil. Feld’s Musique Concertante for Flute, Viola, Harp and Strings was composed to order for the Embassy. It features references to the ballade by Guillaume de Machaut (who was the secretary of John of Bohemia, King of Bohemia and Count of Luxembourg) and Luxembourg folk songs. Tristium by Viktor Kalabis is a quiet remembrance of his friend’s futile struggle against a fatal disease. Not many instruments can express grief and acceptance better than viola.

Music for Harp and Strings by Zdeněk Lukáš may surprise some fans of his work. The neoclassicism in the style of Bohuslav Martinů, well-known from Lukáš’s choral compositions, has disappeared and an expressive style, sometimes moderated to a poetic flow, has come to prominence in this composition. The last piece on the album is Feld’s Sonata for Flute and String Orchestra, dedicated to the legendary J. P. Rampal. It is probably not necessary to introduce the two aforementioned ladies, as they have presented themselves to general public on various occasions. Jitka Hosprová has an obvious advantage over her male colleagues, which does not only lie in her play, and Kateřina Englichová plays a typical female instrument (which is, however, traditionally associated with King David). Nevertheless, their performance is not “womanish” at all, as it does not lack drive or the necessary expression. The three three-bladed wind mills on the front cover are a mild hyperbole symbolizing the concept of the album: The compositions by three important personalities of the Czech music scene performed by three soloists can indeed serve as a very specific source of energy for contemporary music.


01Rhapsody for solo viola
Klement Slavický
02Three Madrigals for violin and viola (1947)
Bohuslav Martinů
03Sonata per viola solo
Zdeněk Lukáš
04Lachrymae – reflections on a Song by Dowland (1950)
Benjamin Britten
05Gila Rome – Meditations for Solo Viola
Sylvie Bodorová
Vittorio Monti
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Jitka Hosprová – viola

Veronika Jarůšková – violin

Kateřina Englichová – harp

Recorded in the Domovina Studio Prague

Release date: November 2001


01Concerto dei Fiori
Sylvie Bodorova
02Variations on Medieval Song Pure Virgin
Otmar Macha
03Concerto grosso, Op. 36
Zdenek Lukas
04Dies natalis, Op. 348
Zdenek Lukas
05Concerto for Violin and Viola, "Silberwolke"
Sylvie Bodorova
Lubos Fiser
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Concertos Quattro Plays Quattro

Jakub Sedláček, Jakub Junek, Pavla Franců, Vítězslav Ochman – violin
Jitka Hosprová – viola
Quattro Orchestra
Marek Štilec – conductor


01Ave Maria
Franz Schubert
02Jesus Bleibet Meine Freude
Johann Sebastian Bach
03Pie Jesu
Andrew Lloyd Webber
Antonio Vivaldi
05Agnus Dei
Georges Bizet
Antonio Vivaldi
07Nevicata (Sněžení)
Benvenuto Terzi
08Ave Maria
Johann Sebastian Bach / Charles Gounod
09Caro Mio Ben
Guiseppe Giordani
10Wachet Auf
Johann Sebastian Bach
11Ombra Mai Fu
Georg Friedrich Händel
12Česká mše vánoční
Jan Jakub Ryba
13Panis Angelicus
César Franck
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Jitka Hosprová & Lubomír Brabec

Label: Multisonic

Release date: 30.09.2015


01Apres un reve
Gabriel Fauré
02Chanson dans la nuit for solo harp
Carlos Salzédo
03Vocalise-étude en forme de Habanera
Maurice Ravel
04Pavane pour une infante défunte
Maurice Ravel
05Capriccio c moll Hommage a Paganini for viola, op. 55 (op. 9 posth.)
Henri Vieuxtemps
Fritz Kreisler
Fritz Kreisler
08Five Old French Dances
Marin Marais
09Partita No. 1 in B Minor, BWV 1002 - Sarabanda
Johann Sebastian Bach
Maria Theresia von Paradis
11Romance L'ame évaporée
Claude Debussy
12Beau soir
Claude Debussy
13Prélude La fille aux cheveux de lin
Claude Debussy
Zdeněk Lukáš
Gideon Klein
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Chanson dans la nuit on the strings of the viola and harp – an hour of graceful music close to the heart!

Music for viola and harp: C. Debussy – Beau soir, Romance, Prélude La fille aux cheveux de lin, M. Ravel – Habanera and Pavane, G. Fauré – Aprés un rêve, F. Kreisler – Siciliano and Rigaudon, G. Klein – Lullaby, M. Marais – Five Old French Dances, J. S. Bach, Z. Lukáš etc.

Jitka Hosprová – viola

Kateřina Englichová – harp

Release Date: February 2012

The soft, silvery tone of the harp and the rich, dark timbres of the viola make these instruments the ideal combination for playing a gentle night song or lullaby. Chanson dans la nuit is a meditation amid the quiet of the night… Yet Jitka Hosprová and Kateřina Englichová are also able to make the night dance with their instruments. The listener can savour almost an hour’s worth of enchanting music for the viola and harp ranging from the Baroque masters to the French Impressionists. It is hard to believe that La fille aux cheveux de lin or Ravel’s Pavane were not originally created for these very instruments and that they can be played otherwise. The programme was compiled for the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra’s enormously popular “For Mothers-To-Be” concert cycle. It makes a refreshing change to hear the bright sound of the violin replaced by the deeper colours of the viola, the brilliancy of the piano by the lambent tones of the harp, especially when the two instruments are in the hands of two such charming ladies and superlative musicians.

Their music finds its way directly to the heart.