Influencers of Resonance: Karel Košárek

In his fascinating program US-trained Karel Košárek explores the question of the extent to which the different worlds of classical music and jazz can be combined.


"Do classical music and jazz represent two utterly divergent worlds, or can they inspire, complement, and influence one another? Can a classically trained composer/pianist write a brilliant jazz piece and also interpret it in this essence with excellence? Can one take a typically Baroque form of music, such as the toccata or fugue, a “fill it” with jazz harmonies, rhythms, and expressivity? What did Rhapsody in Blue sound like before Gershwin had it orchestrated by Ferde Grofé? I will attempt at least a partial response to these questions with the programme of my recital, which I have prepared for the Makers of Resonance series with great respect and admiration to the individual composers, who were also famed pianists."

Karel Košárek



George Gershwin (1898–1937): Preludes for Piano
Earl Wild (1915–2010) / George Gershwin: Seven Virtuoso Études
George Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue
Friedrich Gulda (1930–2010): Toccata, Prelude and Fugue
Nikolaj Kapustin (*1937): Concert Etudes op. 40


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