VIDEO PODCAST: Slava Ukraini! - recorded on 24 February 2022, the day Europe woke up to the news that Vladimir Putin's Russian forces had invaded Ukraine. A fifty minute video which also features Caitríona O'Leary and Eric Fraad discussing their new film Island of Saints, and pays tribute to Joseph Horovitz, Malcolm Troup and Maria Nockin.
Czech composer Franz Krommer (František Vincenc Kramář) was born in Kamenice (Moravia) on 27 November 1759. He studied violin and organ with his uncle in Turany and became organist there in 1777.
In 1785 he was a violinist in the orchestra of the Duke of Styria, and in 1790 he was Maestro di Cappella at Pécs Cathedral in South West Hungary. From 1798 until 1810, whilst Maestro di Cappella for Duke Ignaz Fuchs, he began to write much of his early music.
From 1811 he was ballet concertmaster at Vienna's Hoftheater, and from 1815 Kammertürhüter to Emperor Franz I. This led to his appointment in 1818 as court composer and director of chamber music for Franz I, a post he retained until his death, in Vienna, on 8 January 1831, aged seventy-one.
CD Spotlight. Lively and Dynamic - Geoff Pearce listens to symphonies by Czech composer Franz Krommer. 'This interesting and enjoyable disc will delight most listeners rather than astound them.'
CD Spotlight. Seldom Bridged - Tom Collier plays vibraphone and marimba, highly recommended by Howard Smith. '... hear classics from a new, fascinating standpoint ...'
CD Spotlight. Utterly Absorbing - A sampler from Cedille Records, enjoyed by Howard Smith. '... top quality standards.'
Record Box - Floating. Bohemian Flute Concertos, with Basil Ramsey