Jan Antonin Benda.Jan Antonin Benda
Concertos for Harpsichord harpsichord, stringed musical instrument played from a keyboard. Its strings, two or more to a note, are plucked by quills or jacks. The harpsichord originated in the 14th cent. and by the 16th cent. Venice was the center of its manufacture. Obligato ob·li·ga·to
adj. & n.
Variant of obbligato.
Noun 1. obligato - a persistent but subordinate motif
motif, motive - a theme that is repeated or elaborated in a piece of music
2. , Two Violins, Viola and Cello cello or 'cello: see violin.
Bowed, stringed instrument, the bass member of the violin family. Its full name means “little violone”—i.e., “little big viol.
n. pl. col·le·gi·a or col·le·gi·ums
1. An executive council or committee of equally empowered members, especially one supervising an industry, commissariat, or other organization in the Soviet Union. 1704: Vaclav Luks--harpsichord, musical director, Lenka Koubkova, Jan Hadek--violins, Michal Kucharik--viola, Libor Masek--cello. Production: Vitezslav Janda. Text: Czech, Eng. Recorded: 11/2004, 1/2005, Waldorf School, Pribram. TT: 69:49. DDD DDD Direct Distance Dialing
DDD Digital/Digital/Digital (audio CD format, recording/mixing/mastering)
DDD Degenerative Disc Disease
DDD Domain Driven Design
DDD Data Display Debugger (GNU Project) . 1 CD Arta F10133 (distribution 2HP Production).
The new CD from the Czech company Arta offers listeners four of the concertos by Jiri Antonin Benda. Alhough he was born in Bohemia, all the works presented were written in Germany (very probably in the 1780s), where the Benda family successively emigrated (as was commonplace in musical circles for much of our history). Perhaps it is to this move that we owe the musical content of Benda's concertos for harpsichord obligato, two violins, viola and cello, which are a distinctive synthesis of the musical currents that had an effect on Benda abroad.
As musical director of the Collegium 17004 ensemble, with which he specialises in authentic historical interpretation, Vaclav Luks has approached the works with admirable feeling for more than just the external side of the music, that is to say for differences of tempo, the terraced dynamics Terraced dynamics are the use of varying levels of volume, and is commonly found in baroque music. Characteristics
obvious - easily perceived by the senses or grasped by the mind; "obvious errors" " in the background. What the solo harpsichord shows in particular, however, is that the performer plays his instrument (a French copy made by the firm Tecicka - Huttel - Sell) not just with great musicality, but bringing to bear a great range of erudition er·u·di·tion
Deep, extensive learning. See Synonyms at knowledge.
Erudition of editors—Hare.
Noun 1. "historical authenticity" of the highest degree. The delicate agogics woven into all the solo sections of the harpsichord part result in a kind of pure, genuine communicativeness. This is scarcely to say that the violinists Lenka Koubkova and Jan Hadek, the violist Michal Kucharik and the cellist Libor Masek, all of them also playing on copies of old instruments, do not deserve appreciation. On the contrary, their marvellously integrated play and mutual musical empathy are here once again a kind of mark of professionalism that perhaps needs no further comment. The faithful and sensitive imitative im·i·ta·tive
1. Of or involving imitation.
2. Not original; derivative.
3. Tending to imitate.
4. Onomatopoeic. "responses" of the performers, their unerring un·err·ing
Committing no mistakes; consistently accurate.
un·erring·ly adv. sense of what is fundamental in the musical tissue of the work, the "unisono", refined rounded off phrases--all these are attributes that enhance the recording (I have the feeling that the ensemble did not use the publication from the MAB edition for the concertos). This year their leader is tackling an ambitious project made up of the supreme sacred works of Johann Sebastian Bach, and so perhaps it would not be out of place here to thank the ensemble for this time offering listeners the music of a Czech composer and so helping to strengthen our national values.