Cello Concertos By Kraft, Stamitz, And Vranicky /
KANKA; PRAGUE CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
Kraft, Antonin: Cello Concerto in C Major, Op. 4 Stamitz, C: Cello Concerto No. 2 in A major Vranický, A: Cello Concerto in D minor
Czech roots and international careers are the connecting link between the creators of all the three featured concertos. Antonin Kraft, first cellist in Prince Esterhazy's orchestra, was according to Haydn, who initiated him into the art of composition, "one of the most superb masters of this instrument". In Dresden, he performed together with Mozart, and his virtuosity was also esteemed by Beethoven (who wrote for Kraft the demanding cello part of his Triple Concerto). Like Kraft, Antonin Vranicky too lived in Vienna, studied with Haydn and was a friend of Beethoven. A superlative violinist, he worked as Kappelmeister, concert master and composer in Prince Lobkowitz's orchestra and is considered the founder of the Vienna Violin School. Carl Stamitz was born in Mannheim, where he played the violin in the celebrated court orchestra before spending years in Paris and London and undertaking solo concert tours throughout Europe (Vienna, Salzburg, Frankfurt, Amsterdam, etc.). His music contains undertones of the Romantic sentimentality. Michal Kanka, a member of the Prazak Quartet and soloist, the holder of numerous accolades (including from the ARD Munich Competition) and with award-winning recordings to his name, has breathed new life into the nearly forgotten concertos created by the three masters.