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Smetana Trio gains BBC Music Magazine Award

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Prague, April 19 (CTK) – Pianist Jitka Cechova took over the BBC Music Magazine Award in the category of chamber music on behalf of the Smetana Trio for its complete recording of Czech composer Bohuslav Martinu’s piano trios in London on Wednesday, Vladan Drvota, from the Supraphon music publishing house, has told CTK.

The Smetana Trio received the award for its recording of Antonin Dvorak’s trios in 2007 already. Dvorak was a Czech composer (1841-1904).

“We are doubly happy. Above all, because many more doors to world scenes are being opened to Martinu’s specific music,” Cechova said.

“His trio chamber work certainly deserves the attention of musicians from across the globe. Thanks to BBC, too, it may become an integral part of the repertory in the foreseeable future,” she added.

Supraphon classical music chief producer Matous Vlcinsky said BBC Music Magazine Award was the second most important musical British award in classical music right after the “classical music Oscars,” awarded by the Gramophone monthly.

Bohuslav Martinu ( 1890-1959) was a Czech composer of modern classical music. He composed six symphonies and 15 operas. He spent much of his life in France, the USA and Switzerland where he died.

Now the Smetana Trio is preparing a number of foreign tours.

Smetana Trio is comprised of Cechova (piano), Jiri Vodicka (violin) and Jan Palenicek (cello). It was founded by Josef Palenicek in 1934. He called it after Czech composer Bedrich Smetana (1824-1884).

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