Vilém Veverka – oboe, Ultimate W Band. Patricia Janečková – soprano (guest)
Christmas and its singular atmosphere have inspired numerous musicians and composers over the centuries. Following several “conventional” albums and the crossover project “Next Horizon”, the oboist Vilém Veverka too has succumbed to the irresistible Yuletide charm and decided to present “his Christmas”. The album’s leitmotif is Antonio Vivaldi’s L'inverno (most likely performed on the oboe for the very first time!). In addition to pieces by other Baroque Masters (Bach, Handel), it includes a musical account of Argentinean tango-flavoured winter (Ástor Piazzolla), as well as the songs Stille Nacht, Adeste fideles and Chtíc, aby spal (Wanting Him to Sleep), without which one would be hard pressed to imagine Christmas. The album is adorned by Patricia Janečková’s gracious voice, and it features two very special guests, the harpist Kateřina Englichová and the soprano Adéla Řehořová. As in the case of other Veverka CDs, Martin Hybler has contributed with arrangements, and the soloist is accompanied by the same musicians he was on the previous project, “Next Horizon”. Owing to its encompassing a wide range of genres and neoclassical arrangement, the album will undoubtedly delight not only virtuoso oboe lovers, but also many other listeners.
Vilém Veverka’s Christmas – virtuoso, sparkling, colourful…
“Once past the blunt title, Czech oboist Vilém Veverka’s Christmas Album is a creation of considerable charm, ranging from an arrangement of Vivaldi’s Winter to one of Rutter’s Angel’s Carol that sounds like a Sunday evening television drama soundtrack. There are some delightful Bohemian carols (with sopranos Patricia Janečková and Adéla Řehořová) but the true wonder here is Veverka’s unassailable technique – his double-reed articulation of Vivaldi’s violin-writing is mesmerising.” Gramophone, December 2022
“As expected, the concert is very professional. Veverka plays with a pure and resonant tone, attentive phrasing, and outstanding fingers and articulation, executing Vivaldi virtuosic violin lines with jaw-dropping ease. Janeckova is a treat to hear, offering model clarity, diction, and artistic maturity; she should have participated in much more than a mere handful of tracks. And the Ultimate W Band is excellent all through, complementing well the expertise of the soloists.” American Record Guide, October 2023