Peter Rybar, violin, and Marcelle Rybar, piano, The Rybar Duo Play Nardini, Mozart, Debussy, Schibler, Schumann, Beethoven, Roentgen, Kriesler and de Falla (Disc 1)

Daphne Carr

By Daphne Carr

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

The Czech intellectual circles of the 20th century were well-connected and international, with generations of composers and performers sprinkled across Europe and America. Violinist Peter Rybar, born of Czech violinists in Vienna, left the country at 11 months, but returned frequently, studying with the Czech Quartet, and enjoyed a lifelong friendship with Parisian-exiled Czech composer Bohuslav Martinú. On this vintage recording, with his wife Marcelle at the piano, Martinü's Scherzo swings and Josef Suk's incidental Burleske are flirtatious, light and humorous flashes of Czech good humor.