Grand Piano artist Zuzana Šimurdová has had a busy few months promoting the piano sonatas of the 20th-century Czech composer Luboš Fišer. Zuzana’s recording of his complete piano sonatas (GP770) was released in October last year, since when it has received sustained critical praise, both for her advocacy of these rarely performed works (“Šimurdová’s playing, like her liner notes, has the unmistakable conviction and persuasiveness of a true believer.” Fanfare) and for her performances (“The interpretation of Zuzana Šimurdová makes clear all the contrasts of this intense and vivid music in a masterful way.” Ritmo ).
The Czech-Canadian pianist has been introducing audiences in both Russia and Canada to Fišer’s distinctive keyboard works at CD release concerts and festivals. In April, Zuzana performed Fišer’s Fifth Sonata as part of the opening night programme of Moscow’s Spring in Russia festival, and again the following month in Edmonton, Canada.
Fišer wrote 8 piano sonatas (the second was lost), and Zuzana’s Grand Piano recording of all the extant works includes world premiere recordings of Sonatas Nos. 3, 4 and 7. You can view concert recordings of Sonatas Nos. 5 and 8 by following the links below. Canadians wanting to hear a live performance should take a note of Zuzana’s upcoming recitals, which will take place on 1 September in Edmonton’s Convocation Hall, and 27 October in Montreal.