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FIŠER, Luboš (1935 - 1999)

COMPLETE PIANO SONATAS


  • Zuzana Šimurdová, piano

Luboš Fišer was one of the most influential and versatile Czech composers of the 20th century, with a prolific and impressive body of work for the stage, screen and concert hall. Fišer’s eight piano sonatas (of which the second is lost), were composed for the instrument described by the composer as ‘his greatest love of all’. Retaining a special place in Fišer’s oeuvre, they became an intimate diary of his constantly evolving compositional style, from his student days and the neo-classical Sonata No.1, through the experimental sonatas of the 1960s and 1970s, to the simplicity of melodic line and the immediate emotional impact of the final sonata, No. 8.

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Tracklist

 
Piano Sonata No. 1 (1955) (00:15:01 )
1
I. Allegro energico (00:05:24)
2
II. Andante (00:04:20)
3
III. Presto (00:05:14)
 
Piano Sonata No. 3 (1960) (00:13:17 )
4
I. Grave - Vivace (00:07:22)
5
II. Adagio (00:05:55)
6
Piano Sonata No. 4 (1964) * (00:10:11)
7
Piano Sonata No. 5 (1974) (00:08:23)
8
Piano Sonata No. 6, "Fras" (1978) (00:06:11)
9
Piano Sonata No. 7 (1985) * (00:09:38)
10
Piano Sonata No. 8 (1995) (00:06:17)
* World Première Recording
Total Time: 01:08:55

The Artist

Zuzana Šimurdová Zuzana Šimurdová is a Czech-Canadian pianist fascinated by classical and contemporary music. She has given solo and chamber concerts across Europe, the US, Canada, China and South Korea.

The Composer

Luboš Fišer

Luboš Fišer is one of the Czech Republic’s most influential and versatile composers of the 20th century. Many of his compositions were written under difficult political conditions during the Communist regime, setting the basis for the emergence of his particular style, and establishing him as a composer of significance.

Luboš Fišer was born in 1935 in Prague, capital of the then Czechoslovak Republic, where he lived for the duration of his life. He studied composition at the Prague Conservatory and continued at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague as a pupil of professor Emil Hlobil. Fišer’s early compositions were influenced by late Romanticism and neo-Classicism, whereas his individual compositional style began to take shape towards the end of his studies. In 1960, he graduated in composition with the production of his one-act opera, Lancelot. The success of this opera foreshadowed his later compositions for the theatre, film and television which would exceed 300 works.

Reviews

Panorama Polska

“Her [Šimurdová] committed interpretations are head and shoulders above the competition” – Panorama Polska

Ritmo

“The interpretation of Zuzana Simurdova makes clear all the contrasts of this intense and vivid music in a masterful way.” – Ritmo

“Zuzana Šimurdová plays with color and affection. Her Bosendorfer sounds gorgeous.” – American Record Guide