Milan Paľa violin, viola
1 Miloslav Ištvan Canto I. (1978 - 1979)
2 - 6 Leoš Faltus Canti del’ Orfeo (1980)
7 Leoš Faltus Capriccio (1984)
8 - 12 Dalibor Spilka Pĕt monologů (1963)
13 - 14 Josef Adamík Náhrobek Sabbatai ben Kohena (1979 - 1980)
15 Pavel Mario Slezák Jericho op. 59 (1985 - 1987)
16 Rudolf Růžička Suita IX. (1993)
17 Radomír Ištvan Arcuatus III. (2011)
18 Vít Zouhar Il pendolo (1998, 2017)
1 Michal Košut Sonata (1993)
2 Michal Košut Ciaccona (2002)
3 - 9 Pavel Zemek Novák Sonáta ,,Pizzicato,, (2007 - 2010)
10 - 35 Pavel Zemek Novák 25 capriccií na téma Leoše Janáčka (1996)
36 Pavel Zemek Novák Unisoni sacri No. 4 (2011 - 2018)
37 - 40 Jan Novák Sonata solis fidibus (1980)
Milan Pala plays violin: Bronislav et Jan Hus Bursík Filius Fecerunt Brunae Anno 2015 “Omayra” and viola: Jan Hus Bursík Fecit Anno 2007 “Bravura”
violin CD1: 2 - 18; CD2: 1 - 2, 10 - 40; viola CD1: 1; CD2: 3 – 9
MILAN PAĽA (born 1982) has long been famously known as an “enfant terrible of the solo violin”. I myself once called him “classical music’s rocker” in a review and I still believe this description is apt. Milan Paľa is unmistakable, independent, obstinate and fully devoted to music. The power of his playing, in which he uses his whole body, and the rich sound of his violin or viola transport his audiences with tremendous energy no matter from which historical period his music comes. He is also very quick, able to prepare work of any difficulty for top-level performance in a very short time. Though concertos and chamber works of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries are his strong suit (Bartók, Britten, Janáček, Schnittke, Szymanowski, Shostakovich and a very large number of contemporary works), it would not be just to associate him exclusively with music of this period – his recordings of sonatas by Beethoven, Brahms and Grieg, as well as Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas, released in recent years, are also excellent and demonstrate his unique approach to their interpretation.
Milan Paľa is a type of erudite and thoughtful performer who goes his own way. Whereas other musicians build their careers on a few works, he constantly studies new compositions. In doing so, he does not think of composers in the misleading categories of “great” and “small” masters, but gives all the same right for their music to be heard; he approaches them with humility and with a determination to show the effect of their artistic expressions. It is also typical of Pal’a that he continues to release compact discs at a time when it already seems anachronistic; he believes that it makes sense and that the music he records will find its way to its audiences. He is literally obsessed with recording, live and in the studio. For instance, with an obstinacy that is all his own, several years ago he recorded a series of five double albums, Milan Paľa: Violin Solo in the Works of Slovak Composers I–V (Pavlík Records 2010 – 2013), that map the contemporary Slovak works for solo violin. It was the result of a long-term process, in which scores were sought in archives, libraries and the estates of composers. CANTŪS MORAVIAE is the follow-up to this daring enterprise: in a similar manner it presents in a series of CDs works for solo violin and viola by composers who are linked with Moravia and its major musical centres: Brno, Ostrava, Olomouc and Kroměříž. Once again Paľa has managed to amass an impressive body of material – including new works composed specifically for him – which in many cases is appearing on CD for the first time.
Recorded in high definition DXD format. (352.8 kHz / 32 bit).
Sound engineering, editing, mixing and mastering by Rostislav Pavlík
for Pavlík Records
Recording location: Konvent milosrdních bratří, Brno, Česká republika.
Recordings: 15-17 October 2018
Recording producer: Milan Pala
Photo: Julian Veverica
Grafical design: Eva Turčáková
Cover picture: Josef K. Canto (1928)
Text: Vítězslav Mikeš
Translations: Štěpán Kaňa
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