But, actually, the greatest sense of dramatic contrast and the most consistently resourceful shaping of lyrical line was not to be found in singing. The delight of the evening was the always responsive, imaginative and finely polished piano-playing of Valešová.
“ the rhythmic precision, the sharpness of the half-hues and the bevel lyricism of the Czech pianist Lada Valešová arouse enthusiasm. “
“ mesmerising pensiveness … in this entirely imaginatively planned recital, Valešová plays with heart-warming sensibility and tonal refinement.”
“her unflappable technique is joined by an intimate warmth and an ability to say things of worth that can’t be rushed”
Her playing was pure, intimate and sublime.
„ I had the opportunity of listening to your excellent new recording “ Intimate Studies” and I must say I admired it tremendously.
The Janáček “In theMists“ seemed to me to be played most beautifully with great feeling for the poetry of the mists being described, with an understanding of the underlying meaning of the work which is most impressive and all too rare.
The other Janáček pieces called “ Intimate Studies“ ( no doubt inspired by Janáček’s designation of his Quartet “ Intimate Letters “ ) I find absolutely fascinating. I had actually never heard any of them before and short though many of the pieces are, they are all beautiful representatives of Janáček’s mature style. I am most grateful that you were able to introduce these pieces on your recording.
All in all you are to be congratulated on a magnificent CD which gives such a splendid overview of the 20th century Czech music.“
Sir Charles Mackerras
I was particularly enchanted by her choice of the set of five pieces by Suk, Spring, Op 22a, and Janacek’s In the Mist. The latter are among the most adventurous in the whole literature, and still sound, nearly 100 years later, extraordinarily striking and original; Valesova dramatised their spare, stark beauty in playing that was utterly idiomatic and authoritative.
The Dominion Post, Wellington, New Zealand.
Lada is proud to have been selected as one of the conductors by the Royal Philharmonic Society in Partnership with Sage Gateshead and the Royal Northern Sinfonia for their programme WoCo Gateshead 2022-23. Read more hereRead More
Find here my last interview “Expanding her horizons”.Read More
We are proud to announce that the album Arion: The Voyage of the Slavic Soul with Natalya Romaniw, soprano and Lada Valesova, piano is Gramophone Magazine Editor’s Choice.Read More
“But the unsung (literally, as she does not sing or even speak) heroine of Diary of One Who Disappeared is the pianist Lada Valešová. Like a background character in a Woody Allen film, she was placed firmly at the piano in some grand Manhattan or European apartment, intended to be invisible but was not only […]Read More
” Fata Morgana distils a refined atmosphere with precious harmonies, almost dream-like at times, and this half-hour cycle written for tenor and piano quintet is placed alongside the greatest successes of the first half of the twentieth century In the field of voice chamber […]Read More
CD Fata Morgana with music by Pavel Haas is nominated for the BBC Music Magazine Award 2018. The voting starts on the 19th of January and closes on the 19th of February 2018. The CD is competing in the Vocal Award category. You can cast your vote here: bit.ly/1RdvBdX ” Haas Fata […]Read More
I am delighted to share with you the exciting news of the forthcoming release of the new Pavel Haas CD Fata Morgana, which I have recorded with a group of outstanding musicians. The release date is 3rd of March on Resonus Classics: http://www.resonusclassics.com. ” Resonus Classics is pleased to present this significant new recording of vocal works by […]Read More
The unusual format of the recital has been appreciated by the Czech audience. The aim of the programme was to describe the pianist’s journey from London back to Czech Republic, right to the heart of Janáček’s creative home, his native village Hukvaldy. The explanations and stories about the works by Handel, Poulenc, Britten Ireland, Bach-Busoni […]Read More
Lizzie Ball, violinist, has crafted unique and fascinating concert series. I will accompany tenor Alberto Souza and soprano Barbara Barradas performing some opera arias and duets, and also play Dvořák’s Dumka and my piano improvisation on Czech folk tunes, as well as telling a little bit about their folk roots. I might also make my […]Read More
Dumka CD has been selected for the New York Times Spotify Classical Playlist. https://play.spotify.com/user/nytarts/playlist/50Nw4KrYJtIrrliPWDKH2z?play=true&utm_source=open.spotify.com&utm_medium=openRead More
“emotionally probing & musically luscious journey into the deep recesses of Slavic melancholy” ‘DUMKA’ Lada Valesova, pianist (Avie) The Dumka, a slow and moody ballad with a rustic central dance section, appealed to a number of composers including Dvorak, Liszt, Tchaikovsky and Martinu. Here, the pianist Lada Valesova offers an emotionally probing […]Read More
http://www.musicweb-international.com/classrev/2015/Jan/Dumka_AV2288.htm “Lada Valešovà’s first disc for Avie (review) records music from her Czech homeland. Intimate Studies was critically acclaimed and caused the following comment from The Daily Telegraph ‘In this entirely imaginatively planned recital, Valešovà plays with heart-warming sensibility and tonal refinement’. If I could find other words that were equally appropriate to describe […]Read More
A good start to the New Year with fantastic review of Dumka CD in the January International Record Review magazine, written by Raymond S. Tuttle: “ I don’t think any pianist has ever assembled a programme like this, and Valešová’s originality and scholarship are laudable.” ” Valešová’s fortissimo playing never degenerates into ego-filled pounding. […]Read More
http://www.rozhlas.cz/vltava/host/_zprava/klaviristka-lada-valesova–1436067 Hostem Telefonotéky bude Lada Valešová, klavíristka a profesorka na Guildhall School of Music and Drama v Londýně. Vysíláme 29. prosince v 9:50 hodin. Hostem poslední pondělní Telefonotéky letošního roku bude klavíristka Lada Valešová. V současnosti patří mezi přední české pianisty na evropské hudební scéně. Je absolventkou Pražské konzervatoře a Hudební fakulty Akademie múzických umění […]Read More
” A varied and sensitively planned programme…” ” but perhaps the loveliest moment is left until last, Lada Valešová’s own Improvisation on Czech and Slovak Folk Songs “. http://www.gramophone.co.uk/review/lada-valešová-dumka?pmtx=annual-from&utm_expid=32540977-1.mFVUKl9eQ9mjowTYqeLMAA.2&utm_referrer=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.co.uk%2Furl%3Fsa%3Dt%26rct%3Dj%26q%3D%26esrc%3Ds%26source%3Dweb%26cd%3D1%26ved%3D0CCEQFjAA%26url%3Dhttp%253A%252F%252Fwww.gramophone.co.uk%252Freview%252Flada-vale%2525C5%2525A1ov%2525C3%2525A1-dumka%26ei%3D3tVfVKHMB-TP7gbnkID4Dg%26usg%3DAFQjCNFn_Knl-ZGK6XTRtu73Ij0_M8ba9A%26sig2%3DY8JyM3mSebvETw41ZiOUgQ%26bvm%3Dbv.79189006%2Cd.ZGURead More
It has been a great pleasure to perform my unique “piano recital with a narrative” programme at the beautiful home of Sarah Walker OBE, and her husband Graham Allum. The feedback from the audience was enthusiastic, and here is what Sarah herself had to say: “With Lada Valesova who had just finished a simply gorgeous afternoon concert for us […]Read More
How lovely to discover on my recent visit to the venerable Garrick Club, that the performance I gave there last year had such a strong resonance and has been beautifully reviewed in the Club’s own magazine: you can read it bellow this post. My next performance of this unique format of a piano recital with […]Read More
Hot news: Dumka album is now available for purchase on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/dumka/id925071223?ign-mpt=uo%3D4Read More
” Valesova projects hard patina from her instrument, clarion clear but pungent, reminiscent of John Browning’s sound”. http://audaud.com/2014/09/dumka-piano-pieces-by-dvorak-suk-liszt-balakirev-tchaikovsky-lysenko-martinu-avie/Read More
Recital with Roderick Williams at the Stogumber Festival. http://www.stogumberfestival.com/2014-festival-highlightsRead More
Journeying Girl is a recital with a narrative devised and performed by pianist Lada Valešová. The programme for the recital consists of carefully selected pieces that are significant to Valešová’s development as a musician. She transports her audience on a journey through Russia and the Czech Republic, where she grew up, and then to London […]Read More
Lada is currently assisting as a Czech language specialist at the Garsington Opera’s production of Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen. The premiere of the opera takes place on the 22nd of June.Read More
In the last quarter of the year I have performed some exciting concerts including a song recital The Age of Innocence for the London Festival The Song in the City on 5th of February …Read More
But, actually, the greatest sense of dramatic contrast and the most consistently resourceful shaping of lyrical line was not to be found in singing. The delight of the evening was the always responsive, imaginative and finely polished piano-playing of Valešová. Irish Times, 7 March 2008Read More
The richest experiences in the documentary came from the brief, but illuminating analysis of some of the works, particularly those of Lada Valešová. This was a daring exercise by Phil Grabsky, as any in depth discussion of a single melody or phrase is in danger of becoming too abstract, finely detailed and loosing the audience’s […]Read More
Wanderer Fantasia – a targeting work, which even Schubert himself could not play. Lada performed it with gargantuan sonic splurges with a towering integrity and I sensed an ever-deepening response to Schubert’s shattering sadness, which in Lada’s hands, never sounded self-indulgent or congested. Her playing, exuberant and spell bound by sheer panache captured the energy […]Read More
Miss Valesova was fully equal to the demands of performing works in such differing styles and the second half of the programme in which she performed Schubert’s complex Wanderer Fantasia was breathtaking. Dumfries&Galloway Standard.Read More
Lada Valesova, one of the most gifted of all accompanists currently before the public. Musical OpinionRead More
‘Aged four: Lada is seen kicking a girl behind her at the barre in ballet class. Reason: too busy watching the pianist accompanying the class. Aged six: first piano is bought. Lada and piano become friends for life.” That’s just a snippet from the delightfully idiosyncratic programme biography supplied by Czech pianist Lada Valesová, who […]Read More
Her playing was pure, intimate and sublime. Hereford TimesRead More
„ I had the opportunity of listening to your excellent new recording “ Intimate Studies” and I must say I admired it tremendously. The Janáček “In theMists“ seemed to me to be played most beautifully with great feeling for the poetry of the mists being described, with an understanding of the underlying meaning of the […]Read More
I was particularly enchanted by her choice of the set of five pieces by Suk, Spring, Op 22a, and Janacek’s In the Mist. The latter are among the most adventurous in the whole literature, and still sound, nearly 100 years later, extraordinarily striking and original; Valesova dramatised their spare, stark beauty in playing that was […]Read More