Lady Viola (2021)
Lillian Fuchs – Sonata Pastorale for Viola Solo
Sylvie Bodorová – Gila Rome. Meditation for Viola Solo
Rebecca Clarke – Passacaglia on an Old English Tune for Viola and Piano
Rebecca Clarke – Morpheus for Viola and Piano
Grazyna Bacewicz – Polish Capriccio for Viola Solo
Rebecca Clarke – Prelude, Allegro and Pastorale for Viola and Clarinet
Sláva Vorlová – Fantasy on a 15th Century Czech Folk Song, Op. 33 for Viola Solo*
Bonus track – Maria Theresia von Paradis – Sicilienne for Viola and Piano
*World Premiere Recording
Kristina Fialová – viola
Jitka Čechová – piano
Anna Paulová – clarinet
...The programming and the performances are excellent throughout, this is a disc well worth hearing...
...Fialová has a big tone, a singing legato, and bold technical prowess. Any potential for tameness on the viola’s part is overcome by her star presence...
...Violist Fialová gives an ear-pleasing, sentimental rendition...
...Fialová and pianist Jitka Čechová play it with finesse. One might wish that the piece were longer...
...What makes this an exciting release for me is that Fialová does without compromise. The viola is as expressive an instrument as the violin. The compositions are inventive and well-crafted. And the performances are committed and engaging. These are all first-rate artists...
"…Kristina Fialová has a velvety tone, perfect for the works’ lyricism…"
"…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…"
"…Kristina Fialová is universally acclaimed for her expressive and lively interpretation, brilliantly cultivated tone, and coherent general conception. Her flawless technique and immense musicality did not take long to manifest themselves…"