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By Katerina Englichova

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By Katerina Englichova and Vilem Veverka. By Lubos Sluka, Claude Debussy (1862-1918), and Maurice Ravel (1875-1937). Classical. CD. Supraphon Music Publishing #SU4212-2. Published by Supraphon Music Publishing (NX.SU4212-2).

Item Number: NX.SU4212-2

On their previous Supraphon recordings, harpist Katerina Englichova and oboist Vilem Veverka sufficiently proved their outstanding performance qualities as well as informed interest in such mutually remote music worlds as the Baroque and the 20th century modernism. The present recording - their first made in dues - reflects more than twelve years of their performing together in concerts. The not-so-common combination of oboe and harp provides an endless scale of timres and the resulting impression is marked both by frailness and confident virtuosity. Ravel's ""Le Tombeau de Couperin"" is the crucial piece on the album and represents the composer's memories of his friends lost in the First World War. Little musical gems written by Ravel and Debussy resound here in sensitive arrangements which have enriched the compositions by new timbre qualities. ""Primavera"" composed by Lubos Sluka was composed explicitly for the Englichova - Veverka duo and appears here in premiere recording.

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