Music for Piano Trio and Solo Piano / Ballý, Ars Trio

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Some legends remain concealed … The name Martin Ballý may be new to many, yet it is definitely worth remembering. Proof in this respect is given by the renowned pianists Jan Bartoš and Miroslav Sekera, his pupils, whose extraordinary art bears witness to Ballý’s outstanding qualities as a teacher. Yet the main testimony is Ballý’s own recordings, hitherto untouched and patiently waiting in the radio archives.

His repertoire as a solo pianist centers on 20th-century Czech music: unrivaled interpretations of Janáček and Martinů works, mesmerizing renditions of Kabeláč pieces. In his straightforward expressiveness, Ballý is not afraid to venture to the very limit of his instrument’s potential, but his tone remains radiant and colorful. Besides solo piano (his teachers included Josef Páleníček), Ballý devoted to chamber music (studying with the no less famous Josef Vlach). As a member of Ars Trio, his partners were children of the mentioned teachers, the violinist Dana Vlachová (today a member of the Czech Trio) and the cellist Jan Páleníček (now a member of the Smetana Trio). Their recordings feature gems of Czech trio music (Dvořák, Novák, Martinů) and two remarkable global repertoire creations (Shostakovich, Mozart). The majority of the recordings, dating from between 1980 and 1992, are from the Czech Radio archives and are now being released for the very first time. legends are well worth waiting for.

Product Description:

  • Release Date: May 26, 2023

  • Catalog Number: SU4325-2

  • UPC: 099925432522

  • Label: Supraphon

  • Number of Discs: 3

  • Period: Romantic, 20th Century

  • Composer: Antonín Dvořák, Leoš Janáček, Miloslav Kabeláč, Bohuslav Martinů, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Vítězslav Novák, Josef Páleníček, Dmitri Shostakovich

  • Orchestra/Ensemble: Ars Trio

  • Performer: Martin Bally


  1. Piano Trio No. 1 in B flat major, Op. 21 B 51

    Composer: Antonín Dvořák

    Ensemble: Ars Trio

  2. Piano Trio No. 2 in D minor, H 327

    Composer: Bohuslav Martinů

    Ensemble: Ars Trio

  3. Piano Trio No. 2 in E minor, Op. 67

    Composer: Dmitry Shostakovich

    Ensemble: Ars Trio

  4. Piano Trio in C major, K. 548

    Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Ensemble: Ars Trio

  5. Piano Trio, Op. 90 B 166 "Dumky"

    Composer: Antonín Dvořák

    Ensemble: Ars Trio

  6. Piano Trio in D minor, Quasi una ballata, Op. 27

    Composer: Vítězslav Novák

    Ensemble: Ars Trio

  7. X. 1905 “From the Street”

    Composer: Leoš Janáček

    Performer: Martin Ballý (Piano)

  8. Les Ritournelles H 227

    Composer: Bohuslav Martinů

    Performer: Martin Ballý (Piano)

  9. Variations on a Choral Song of the 17th Century for Cello and Piano

    Composer: Josef Páleníček

    Performer: Jan Páleníček (Cello), Martin Ballý (Piano)

  10. Eight Preludes for Piano, Op. 30 (excerpts)

    Composer: Miloslav Kabeláč

    Performer: Martin Ballý (Piano)