Piano Concerto No. 4 H 358 Incantation

Poco moderato

  • Recorded: 5th October 2017
  • Record Place: Joseph-Keilberth-Saal, Konzerthalle Bamberg
  • First Release: 2019
  • (P) 2019 SUPRAPHON a.s.
  • Genre: Orchestral


  • music by: Bohuslav Martinů
  • piano: Ivo Kahánek
  • conductor: Jakub Hrůša
  • musical group: Bamberger Symphoniker


Ivo Kahánek, Bamberger Symphoniker, Jakub Hrůša

Dvořák & Martinů: Piano Concertos

Catalogue Number: SU 4236-2
Published: 27th September 2019
Genre: Orchestral
Format: 1 CD
This album has received following awards:
  • Disc of the Week, BBC Radio 3 (2019)
  • Recording of the Month, BBC Music Magazine (2019)
  • Choix de Classique HD (2019)
Dvořák, Martinů - Piano concertos / Ivo Kahánek, Bamberger Symphoniker, Jakub Hrůša

Antonín Dvořák - Piano Concerto in G minor, Op. 33 (1876), Bohuslav Martinů - Piano Concerto No. 4, "Incantation", H 358 (1956)

Ivo Kahánek - piano, Bamberger Symphoniker, conductor: Jakub Hrůša

An extraordinary constellation of artists is one the major attributes of the new recording - a Czech conductor and a Czech soloist, and a German orchestra, who have a Czech sound in their DNA. All three of them enjoy great renown in both the European and global contexts. Symbolical is the selection of the album's repertoire - the same world war that deprived the players of the German Philharmonic in Prague of their home and that in 1946 gave rise to the Bamberger Symphoniker in Germany, made Bohuslav Martinů leave his country and Europe itself. The composer wrote his Piano Concerto No. 4, "Incantation", in New York in the twilight of his life, when it was evident that he would never return to his homeland. The connection between Ivo Kahánek and Martinů is profound indeed, with the pianist having played the Incantation at concert halls all over the world (BBC Symphony Orchestra, Jiří Bělohlávek - BBC Proms; Berliner Philharmoniker, Sir Simon Rattle, etc.). The performance of the Incantation in Bamberg, captured on the present album, was lauded by the critics as revelatory. The studio recording of Antonín Dvořák's Piano Concerto (based on Sviatoslav Richter's account) ranks among the most remarkable returns to the composer's original version of the work, forbearing the "effective and virtuoso improvements" carried out by its later arrangers. It showcases the tender and melodious music of Dvořák, who always strove to emphasise cordial expression, giving it preference to instrumental impression. An exceptional encounter of outstanding Czech (and other) musicians, performing an exceptional Czech - and global - repertoire.

Dvořák's and Martinů's piano concertos - world-famous Czech works, as performed by an extraordinary constellation of musicians


“Le jeu du pianiste Ivo Kahánek est envoûtant, il sait nous captiver avec son style pianistique qui atteint presque la grâce…”
Classique HD, September 2019

“Un pianiste ou plutôt un musicien romantique par excellence: les phrasés qu’il développe, si soigneusement peaufinés sous ses doigts, saisissent par leur chaleur dans tous les registres, scintillant dans les aigus, caressant les oreilles par la mise en valeur de la douceur vocale de la ligne mélodique… Pour le Concerto pour piano n° 4 Incantation de Bohuslav Martinů, il impressionne par le raffinement et la précision de son toucher au travers d’une partition riche en couleurs et parsemée de touches contrastées… Un must pour les amateurs du piano.”
ResMusica, October 2019

“From start to finish, Dvořák’s and Martinů’s piano concertos are given compelling performances by Ivo Kahánek which feel fresh and exhilarating. With glorious sound to match the quality of the performances, this is an album to relish.”
MusicWeb International, November 2019

“Kahánek and Jakub Hrusa make a brilliant case for a loveable piece. Dvořák's second subject is incredibly catchy, and the slow movement’s opening is drop-dead gorgeous. Kahánek never seeks to dominate; this is very much a meeting of equals, and probably the concerto's best modern recording… Keeping track of Martinů’s fre­ewheeling first movement is an exhilarating challenge, one's ears continually tickled by startling orchestral details… And as with the Dvořák, it receives a remarkable performance, with Hrusa’s Bamberger Symphoniker on incandescent form. Marvellous.”
The Arts Desk, November 2019

Antonín Dvořák
Piano Concerto G minor Op. 33 B 63
Allegro agitato 19:19
Andante sostenuto 09:33
Finale. Allegro con fuoco 11:33
Bohuslav Martinů
Piano Concerto No. 4 H 358 Incantation
Poco allegro 09:01
Poco moderato 10:04