Arion: Voyagea of a Slavic Soul

Orchid Classics

Sunday Times: Best Classical Recordings of the Year 2020
Gramophone Magazine Awards: Best Recordings of 2020 nominee

Soprano Natalya Romaniw and pianist Lada Valeová journey through Slavic song on this sumptuous album.

“Valešová, a guiding light for so many of today’s singers in this repertoire, is equally arresting, especially in the Rachmaninov songs.”
Katherine Cooper

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Fata Morgana

Resonus Classics

Featuring four song cycles composed by Haas at various stages in his life, this captivating album includes the world premiere recording of Fata Morgana, Op. 6 – Haas’s first major work composed following studies with Leoš Janáček in 1922. This album was nominated for a 2018 BBC Music Magazine Award in the Vocal and Choral Category, and was also Europadisc Album of the Year 2017.

“[Fata Morgana] receives an impassioned premiere recording by Nicky Spence and the Navarra Quartet alongside Valesova…from joy to despair, every emotion is here in subtle colours; a legacy of great human and musical worth.”
BBC Music Magazine, May 2017

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Avie Records

Czech pianist Lada Valešová conjures the Slavic musical soul through the lyrical, wistful genre the dumka, in works by Balakirev, Dvorák, Liszt, Lysenko, Martinu, Suk and Tchaikovsky.

“A varied and sensitively planned programme…Valešová commands a full, rounded tone but passes on facile virtuosity in favour of something mellower.”
Gramophone Magazine, November 2014

“I don’t think any pianist has ever assembled a programme like this, and Valešová’s originality and scholarship are laudable.”
Raymond S. Tuttle, Record Review Magazine

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Intimate Studies

Avie Records

An innovative debut release from Czech pianist Lada Valesová who has developed a fresh and intriguing programme of works that link both teacher and student alike during the early part of the 20th century. 

“You have to take your hat off to someone who can plan a recital CD with the imaginative insight of investigative musicologist and the execute it with such musicianly sensitivity…”
International Piano

“mesmerising pensiveness … in this entirely imaginatively planned recital, Valešová plays with heart-warming sensibility and tonal refinement.”
Daily Telegraph

“as good as a potted history of Czech composition during the 20th century … intense sensitivity”
Classic FM Magazine

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