Tomás Jamník / Ivo Kahánek

Martinu, Janácek, Kabelác

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Given his young age of 22 years at the time of recording, cellist Tomás Jamník's premiere CD defines a developing career worth watching. For starters, his selection of literature is commendable. Opening with Martinu's Second Cello Sonata -- by far the most familiar of his cello sonatas -- it draws listeners in with a composition that is somewhat familiar, but not so over-recorded that Jamník is unable to show his individuality. He then moves into the Janácek Fairy Tale for cello and piano -- a charming piece that is mysteriously absent from many concert stages -- and then transitions into a piece and composer with whom few listeners are likely to be familiar. Although they are all twentieth century Czech compositions, they are sufficiently different to allow Jamník to show many sides of his playing, from the warm and sentimental to the furiously virtuosic. As for his playing, Jamník possesses considerable technique and refinement of tone, certainly more than might be expected from a 22 year old. Intonation is equally meticulous. The one aspect of his playing that still needs some maturing is the ability to create long lines despite the predominantly rhythmic nature of the many of these works. This is an especially noticeable deficit in the first movement of the Martinu sonata, where each note seems to get its own accent and emphasis. Still, this is a worthwhile album and certainly a magnificent introduction to these works. Listeners should look with interest on Jamník's career and await with anticipation the release of future recordings.

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