Ludwig van Beethoven: Cello Sonatas, Op. 69 & Op. 102 Michal Kanka & Ivan Klánský
Label: Praga Digitals
Subgenre: Chamber Music
Artist: Michal Kanka & Ivan Klánský
Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827)
Album including Album cover Booklet (PDF)
- Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 - 1827): Cello Sonata No. 3 in A Major, Op. 69:
- 1Beethoven: Cello Sonata No. 3 in A Major, Op. 69: I. Allegro ma non tanto13:04
- 2Beethoven: Cello Sonata No. 3 in A Major, Op. 69: II. Scherzo. Allegro molto05:00
- 3Beethoven: Cello Sonata No. 3 in A Major, Op. 69: III. Adagio cantabile - Allegro vivace09:09
- Cello Sonata No. 4 in C Major, Op. 102 No. 1:
- 4Beethoven: Cello Sonata No. 4 in C Major, Op. 102 No. 1: I. Andante - Allegro vivace08:19
- 5Beethoven: Cello Sonata No. 4 in C Major, Op. 102 No. 1: II. Adagio - Tempo d'Andante - Allegro vivace07:23
- Cello Sonata No. 5 in D Major, Op. 102 No. 2:
- 6Beethoven: Cello Sonata No. 5 in D Major, Op. 102 No. 2: I. Allegro con brio06:51
- 7Beethoven: Cello Sonata No. 5 in D Major, Op. 102 No. 2: II. Adagio con molto sentimento d'affetto - attacca08:07
- 8Beethoven: Cello Sonata No. 5 in D Major, Op. 102 No. 2: III. Allegro - Allegro fugato04:15
Info for Ludwig van Beethoven: Cello Sonatas, Op. 69 & Op. 102
Eight years after the publication of his first cello sonatas (Op. 5), Beethoven embarked on the writing of his Third Sonata. This luminous Sonata in A major Op. 69 is a pinnacle of Beethoven’s chamber music, then in full possession of his faculties. The first movement, written in sonata form, is the fullest and most characteristic. The slow movement is very short and shows a very ‘Beethovenian character’ (original syncopations, trio based on a theme reduced to two notes, 'vibrato' effects required of the keyboard, unprecedented feeling of introversion), the third ends in a somewhat decorative style. Typical of the ‘second manner’ of a Beethoven in full possession of his faculties, it was composed in the exceptional period which saw the birth of the Coriolan Overture, the Fifth Symphony and the Pastoral Symphony. The two Sonata Op. 102 were composed in 1815 and published in 1817.
These two masterpieces belong to the composer’s last ‘manner’, a period of illness and difficulties of all kinds that Beethoven was going through at the time. These sonatas astonish by their spareness at a time when the duo concertante, virtuoso and fanciful was fashionable in France and Italy; Beethoven freed himself more and more from classical forms by marking the mention ‘Freie Sonata’ (Free Sonata) at the head of his Sonata in C major. The last sonata, No. 5, is rough and prefigures the whole modern history of the Sonata; the two partners, in equal shares, dialogue in complete independence, and at times, foreshadow the writing style of the 20th century when they soliloquize, almost ignoring each other. These last two sonatas strike by the complexity of their writing, but above all by their visionary character.
Born in Prague in 1960, Michal Kaňka took up the cello under leadership of Mirko Škampa at the age of seven. Later, he studied in the Prague Conservatory under prof. Viktor Moučka (cellist of the famous Vlach string quartet). During his studies at the Prague Academy of Fine Arts – under the tutelage of Prof. Josef Chuchro – he participated in the G. Piatigorsky Seminars in Los Angeles under famous cellists Andre Navarra, Maurice Gendron and Paul Tortelier in 1983 and 1984.
In 1980, Michal Kaňka received honorable mention at the international Prague Spring Competition. One year later, he was awarded the grand prize for all categories in the Czechoslovak National Competition. This initial success has been followed by top prizes in the Tchaikovsky Cello Competition in Moscow in 1982 and in the Prague Spring Competition in 1983 (first prize). In 1986, Michal won the ARD International Competition in Munich.
Michal Kaňka has performed with leading European orchestras such as the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, the Prague Radio Orchestra, the Slovak Philharmonic, the Bayerischer Rundfunk Orchestra, the Berlin Rundfunk Orchestra, Liverpool Philharmonic, the Nagoya Phil., Kanagawa phil., Sapporo phil., the Century Symphony orchestra Osaka, the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, the Prague Chamber Orchestra, the Prague Chamber Philharmonic…. He has appeared as a soloist in Germany, Austria, Denmark, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Italy, France, Kosovo, Spain, Portugal, North and South America and Japan. He had been a regular soloist of the Brno Philharmonic Orchestra between years 1995–2005 and between 1993 – 2003 he had been nominated soloist of The Prague Radio Orchestra since 2003.
Michal Kaňka has recorded for Czech Radio, Radio France, Bayerischer Rundfunk, Hessischer Rundfunk, Suedwest Rundfunk, AVRO Radio Holland…. His CDs were released for Supraphon, Bonton, Panton, Radioservis Prague, Nuova Era (Italy). For a long time he had collaborated with the French company Praga digitals (distributed by Harmonia Mundi France), where he published around 30 CDs. Boccherini – 7 cello sonatas, Mysliveček – 6 cello sonatas (world first recording), Kodaly – compositions for cello. For this recording, he was awarded several prices (Choc de la Music, diapason D´OR), Boccherini – cello sonatas (volume 2), Martinů – small pieces for cello and piano, Beethoven – complete of cello sonatas and variations (CHOC de la Musique). Sonatas by Rachmaninov and Mjaskovskij (diapason D´OR), Rubinstein, Brahms, Chopin, Grieg, Schubert, Franck, Saint-Saëns, Boëllman and Haydn cello concertos, sonatas by M. Weinberg (CHOC du MOIS).The releases of the year 2010 were D. Schostakovich and E. Bloch, 2011 – Strauss, Ravel, Tcherepnin, 2012 – cello concertos by Kraft, Vranicky and Stamitz by label Supraphon…his last CD just came out (June 2015) by Japanese company the Nami Records.
Michal Kaňka has been always an active chamber music player. As a member of the Pražák string quartet (since 1986) and the Beethoven string trio he has appeared on major concert stages in the whole world and recorded many pieces above all for the CD company Praga digitals.
In 2011 he started to teach cello-solo at the Academy of performing Arts in Prague and in 2013 he became a Professor at the Prague Conservatory. In 2014 he was chosen to be a chairman of the permanent committee of the international competition Prague spring. In 2016 he became a member of the board of directors of the Foundation Bohuslav Martinu. Since 2018 he is a member of the artistic board of the international festival Prague spring.
Since April 2017 he is collaborating as a cellist of the Wihan string quartet. So far they recorded 4 CDs and played more than 100 concerts in Czech republic, France, England, Switzerland, Austria, Slovakia and Japan.
He plays an outstanding contemporary instrument made by French violin-maker Christian Bayon 2006 and the bow made by French bow-maker Nicole Descloux 2000.
Much in demand as a soloist throughout the world, the distinguished Czech pianist Ivan Klánsky embarked on an international career after winning first prize in the Bolzano International Piano Competition in 1967. An extremely versatile musician, his repertoire ranges from the baroque to the contemporary. A member of the Guarneri Trio, Prague, he has also held a teaching position at the conservatory in Lucerne since 1991. His many recordings include the complete piano music of Smetana.