Svatopluk Havelka (b. 1925)
Ivana Loudová (b. 1941)
Mikko Heiniö (b. 1948)
Julio Roloff [Reyes-Gavilán] (b. 1951)
Luboš Fišer (1935–1999)
This recording is an important presentation of the Department of Percussion at the Music Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts (HAMU), Prague. In the seven years since it opened in 2000, the Department has repeatedly demonstrated its right to exist with its teaching methods, range of fields of instruction (for which conservatories had previously had neither the time nor the instruments), collaboration with other departments (in particular those of composition, wind instruments, and sound engineering), collaboration with the Department of Percussion at the Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts (JAMU), Brno, and with institutions of higher learning abroad, for example, in Germany, Denmark, the USA, Russia, and Lithuania. The Department of Percussion has a had an important role in organizing and giving concerts and initiating new works for percussion instruments, both by renowned composers from around the world and by students of the Department of Composition. On average it holds four concerts a year. In these seven years, HAMU students and teachers have given a number of outstanding performances worthy of recording, which led to the idea of capturing this short period of the Department’s existence on CD. The basic criterion in the selection of compositions was that they should be contemporary and have their world premiere or Czech premiere at one of our concerts. This requirement was fully met, and so we have a recording that is an historic document, one that fills in gaps in the repertoire.
© 2HP Production, November 2014
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