MY VIOLIN LEGENDS (2013)
On this CD Pavel Sporcl plays the compositions of the most significant Czech violin virtuosi of the period between Paganini and Oistrach. These outstanding representatives of the Czech violin collected the highest honors in the 19th and 20th centuries and laid the pedagogical foundation for their successors.
The Czech violinist Pavel Sporcl cuts a charismatic, offbeat profile, with his penchant for bandanas, designer clothes and a blue-tinted violin. The violinist, who once studied at Juilliard under Dorothy Delay, is also a persuasive advocate for the music of his native country. This recital album, released last year, features a variety of short pieces by the Czech violinist/composers of the 19th and early 20th centuries, many of who deserve to be better known. It includes Ferdinand Laub's Polonaise in G major (similar in style to Wieniawski's two classic contributions to the genre), Frantisek Ondrícek's nostalgic Barcarole, Frantisek Drdla's salonesque Souvenir, Jan Kubelik's charming Burlesque and Sporcl's own Bohemian Nostalgia. The pianist here is Petr Jiríkovský, a long-time accompanist of Shlomo Mintz. --WQXR Album of the Week, May 2014