Suita balladica for Cello and Piano

Quasi Mazurka (Tempo di Mazurka, ma molto con fuoco)

  • Recorded: April 2008
  • Record Place: The Martínek Studio, Prague
  • First Release: 2008
  • (P) 2008 SUPRAPHON a.s.
  • Genre: Chamber Music


  • music by: Petr Eben
  • cello: Tomáš Jamník
  • piano: Ivo Kahánek


Tomáš Jamník, Ivo Kahánek

Martinů: Sonata No. 3, Variations - Eben: Suita Balladica - Sluka: Sonata

Catalogue Number: SU 3947-2
Published: 23rd May 2008
Genre: Chamber Music
Format: 1 CD
Tomáš Jamník and Ivo Kahánek's first album (Martinů - Janáček - Kabeláč) was hailed by Harmonie magazine as the debut of the decade, while the Classics Today server gave it a rating of10/10 and designated it as one of the best cello recitals of recent years. For their second album, the young artists have chosen compositions that originated within a short period of time, between 1952 and 1959. Martinů's Sonata and Variations resound with yearning for the homeland he is never to return to, the composer employing a simple and cordial language. Suita balladica by the twenty-six-year-old Petr Eben is characterised by a similar inosculation of joyful, dance music with an almost ghostlike grief connected with the author's personal wartime experiences. Sluka's most frequently performed piece, the musically simple and lucid Sonata for violoncello and piano, serves to soothe the heightened emotions evoked by the previous compositions and ends the CD on a note of reconciliation. The two musicians play with an ebullience and engagement commensurate to their tender years, yet at the same time manifest a remarkable maturity and understanding of the weighty themes of the compositions. An intimate, communicative album.

Martinů, Eben, Sluka for cello and piano - pain and joy in music
Bohuslav Martinů
Sonata for Cello and Piano No. 3, H. 340
1. Poco andante. Moderato 07:40
2. Andante 06:25
3. Allegro (ma non presto) - Poco vivo 05:37
Petr Eben
Suita balladica for Cello and Piano
4. Introduzione e Danza (Andante rubato - Allegro) 06:51
5. Quasi Mazurka (Tempo di Mazurka, ma molto con fuoco) 04:53
6. Elegia (Adagio - Poco piú mosso) 08:06
7. Toccata (Vivacissimo) 04:14
Luboš Sluka
Sonata for Cello and Piano
8. Andante sostenuto - Poco piú mosso 04:14
9. Allegro energico 10:38
Bohuslav Martinů
10. Variations on a Slovak Folk Song for Cello and Piano, H. 378 10:25