Discography — Jitka Hosprová
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Discography

Discography

HINDEMITH MUSIC FOR VIOLA

01Sonata for Viola and Piano / Op. 11 No. 4 - Fantasie
Paul Hindemith
02Sonata for Viola and Piano / Op. 11 No. 4 - Thema mit Variationen
Paul Hindemith
03Sonata for Viola and Piano / Op. 11 No. 4 - Finale (mit Variationen)
Paul Hindemith
04Sonata for Viola Solo / Op. 25 No. 1 - Breit. Viertel
Paul Hindemith
05Sonata for Viola Solo / Op. 25 No. 1 - Sehr frisch und straff (Viertel)
Paul Hindemith
06Sonata for Viola Solo / Op. 25 No. 1 - Sehr langsam
Paul Hindemith
07Sonata for Viola Solo / Op. 25 No. 1 - Rasendes Zeitmaß. Wild. Tonschönheit ist Nebensache
Paul Hindemith
08Sonata for Viola Solo / Op. 25 No. 1 - Langsam, mit viel Ausdruck
Paul Hindemith
09Sonata for Viola Solo / Op. 11 No. 5 - Lebhaft, aber nicht geeilt
Paul Hindemith
10Sonata for Viola Solo / Op. 11 No. 5 - Mäßig schnell, mit viel Wärme vortragen
Paul Hindemith
11Sonata for Viola Solo / Op. 11 No. 5 - Scherzo. Schnell
Paul Hindemith
12Sonata for Viola Solo / Op. 11 No. 5 - In Form und Zeitmass einer Passacaglia. Das Thema sehr gehalten
Paul Hindemith
13Trauermusik for Viola and String Orchestra - Langsam. Lento
Paul Hindemith
14Trauermusik for Viola and String Orchestra - Ruhig bewegt. Poco mosso
Paul Hindemith
15Trauermusik for Viola and String Orchestra - Lebhaft. Vivo
Paul Hindemith
16Trauermusik for Viola and String Orchestra - Choral Vor deinen Thron tret ich hiermit. Sehr langsam. Largo
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.

JITKA HOSPROVÁ PLAYS VIOLA CONCERTOS WITH PRAGUE CHAMBER ORCHESTRA

01Rhapsody​-​Concerto For Viola And Orchestra - Moderato
Bohuslav Martinů
02Rhapsody​-​Concerto For Viola And Orchestra - Molto Adagio - Pocco Allegro - Andante Tranquillo
Bohuslav Martinů
03Concerto For Viola & Orchestra - Rapsodico
Zdenek Lukas
04Concerto For Viola & Orchestra - Cantabile
Zdenek Lukas
05Concerto For Viola & Orchestra - Ben Ritmico
Zdenek Lukas
06Concerto For Viola And Orchestra In D Major, Op. 1 - Allegro (Non Troppo)
Carl Stamitz
07Concerto For Viola And Orchestra In D Major, Op. 1 - Andante Moderato
Carl Stamitz
08Concerto For Viola And Orchestra In D Major, Op. 1 - Rondo (Allegretto)
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

MONOLOGUE

01Sonata for Viola Solo - Moderato
Pavel Borkovec
02Sonata for Viola Solo - Adagio
Pavel Borkovec
03Sonata for Viola Solo - Allegro vivace
Pavel Borkovec
04Monologue "Ubi Vult" for Viola Solo
Jan Klusak
05Suite for Viola Solo Op. 21 - Moderato assai
Ladislav Vycpálek
06Suite for Viola Solo Op. 21 - Con moto-II
Ladislav Vycpálek
07Suite for Viola Solo Op. 21 - Lento
Ladislav Vycpálek
08Suite for Viola Solo Op. 21 - Allegro ma non tanto, poco rubato
Ladislav Vycpálek
09The Mist of Depression - Fantasy for Viola Solo to the Last Sketch by Bedřich Smetana
Jaroslav Smolka
10Partita for Viola Solo - Con moto-I
Jan Klusak
11Partita for Viola Solo - Largo
Jan Klusak
12Partita for Viola Solo - Vivace
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!

CHANSON DANS LA NUIT

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
06Siciliano
Fritz Kreisler
07Rigaudon
Fritz Kreisler
08Five Old French Dances - L'Agréable
Marin Marais
09Five Old French Dances - La Provençale
Marin Marais
10Five Old French Dances - La Musette
Marin Marais
11Five Old French Dances - La Matelotte
Marin Marais
12Five Old French Dances - Le Basque
Marin Marais
13Partita No. 1 in B Minor, BWV 1002 - Sarabanda
Johann Sebastian Bach
14Sicilienne
Maria Theresia von Paradis
15Romance L'ame évaporée
Claude Debussy
16Beau soir
Claude Debussy
17Prélude La fille aux cheveux de lin
Claude Debussy
18Hosprenglico
Zdeněk Lukáš
19Lullaby
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.

TRANSFORMATIONS VIOLA & GUITAR

01Ave Maria
Franz Schubert
02Jesus Bleibet Meine Freude
Johann Sebastian Bach
03Pie Jesu
Andrew Lloyd Webber
04Andante
Antonio Vivaldi
05Agnus Dei
Georges Bizet
06Largo
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

BOHEMIA LUXEMBOURG TRIO

01Trio Sonata for Flute, Viola & Harp, KV 423_ I. Allegro
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
02Trio Sonata for Flute, Viola & Harp, KV 423_ II. Adagio
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
03Trio Sonata for Flute, Viola & Harp, KV 423_ III. Finale. Rondo
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
04Sonate pour flûte, alto et harpe_ I. Pastorale
Claude Debussy
05Sonate pour flûte, alto et harpe_ II. Interlude
Claude Debussy
06Sonate pour flûte, alto et harpe_ III. Final
Claude Debussy
07Petite suite pour flûte, alto et harpe_ I. Prelude
André Jolivet
08Petite suite pour flûte, alto et harpe_ II. Modéré sans trainer
André Jolivet
09Petite suite pour flûte, alto et harpe_ III. Vivement
André Jolivet
10Petite suite pour flûte, alto et harpe_ IV. Allant
André Jolivet
11Petite suite pour flûte, alto et harpe_ V.
André Jolivet
12Serenade for Flute, Viola & Harp, Op. 25_ I. Entrata. Allegro
Ludwig van Beethoven
13Serenade for Flute, Viola & Harp, Op. 25_ II. Tempo ordinario d'un Minuetto
Ludwig van Beethoven
14Serenade for Flute, Viola & Harp, Op. 25_ III. Allegro molto
Ludwig van Beethoven
15Serenade for Flute, Viola & Harp, Op. 25_ IV. Andante con variazioni
Ludwig van Beethoven
16Serenade for Flute, Viola & Harp, Op. 25_ V. Allegro scherzando e vivace
Ludwig van Beethoven
17Serenade for Flute, Viola & Harp, Op. 25_ VI. Adagio (attacca)
Ludwig van Beethoven
18Serenade for Flute, Viola & Harp, Op. 25_ VII. Allegro vivace disinvolto
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

CONCERTOS

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
06Amoroso
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

FELD KALABIS LUKÁŠ CONCERTOS

01Musique Concertante Pour Flûte, Alto, Harpe Et Cordes - I. Allegro Deciso
Jindřich Feld
02Musique Concertante Pour Flûte, Alto, Harpe Et Cordes - II. Tranquillo Ma Con Moto
Jindřich Feld
03Musique Concertante Pour Flûte, Alto, Harpe Et Cordes - III. Allegro Giocoso
Jindřich Feld
04Music For Harp & Strings​ - ​I. 2​/​4
Zdeněk Lukáš
05Music For Harp & Strings - II. 3​/​4
Zdeněk Lukáš
06Music For Harp & Strings - III. 2/​4
Zdeněk Lukáš
07Tristium - Concert Phantasy For Viola & Strings
Viktor Kalabis
08Sonate Pour Flûte Et Orchestre À Cordes - I. Allegro Giocoso
Jindřich Feld
09Sonate Pour Flûte Et Orchestre À Cordes - II. Grave
Jindřich Feld
10Sonate Pour Flûte Et Orchestre À Cordes - III. Allegro Vivace
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.

Rhapsody

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
06Csárdás
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