New review of the CD “Martinů/Hindemith – Works for Viola”

New review of the CD “Martinů/Hindemith – Works for Viola” on the Musicweb International.

…The excellent Czech player Kristina Fialová plays it with acumen and intelligence, not least in the second movement’s theme and variations, which is wittily and athletically pointed, and in the deft dynamics of the finale…

Hindemith and Martinů make for a well-matched pair in this viola disc, with a sonata and a larger-scale work apiece. The former’s Sonata, Op.11 No.4 was his first for his own instrument, at which he excelled as an international soloist and chamber player, and it has retained its place as one of his most outgoing and splendidly conceived sonatas. The excellent Czech player Kristina Fialová plays it with acumen and intelligence, not least in the second movement’s theme and variations, which is wittily and athletically pointed, and in the deft dynamics of the finale. Here her restrained refinement is matched by flowing elegance and pianist Martin Levický plays with comparable assurance…

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"…the ’tendernessful’ (if such a word may be allowed to exist) beauty of the viola sound, resourceful agogics and inexhaustible variations in both dynamics and tempo gave Hindemith’s music a whole new dimension, most attractive to the ear…"

Hudební Rozhledy 6/2016

"…Kristina Fialová’s refined taste matches up with her interpretive approach to the compositions selected and gives her temperament, natural virtuosity and emotionally engaged tone of her instrument an opportunity to shine…"

Harmonie 10/2015

"…after that, the reigning queen of Czech viola came to the stage and performed an Ostrava resurrection of one of the greatest cinematographic composers of all times…"

Ostravan 3/2015