Bittová has said: "The violin is a mirror reflecting my dreams and imagination. I believe there are fundamentals to my performance, such as the music's vibration and resonance between violin and my voice." That relationship is beautifully explored on this album - recorded at Auditorio Radiotelevisione Svizzera, Lugano, and produced by Manfred Eicher - which expresses the essence of Bittová's unique and extraordinary solo work. Her violin-playing is as versatile as her voice can be, by turns, austere, earthy, romantic, a tool for sonic exploration and emotional expression.
The pieces here, modestly-titled 'Fragments I-XII' resist definition. An idiosyncratic 'folk' music, contemporary composition, improvisation, any and all of these may apply from moment to moment - her music is a living, changing thing. Iva Bittová was previously showcased in 2007 on the widely-acclaimed ECM album Mater, flanked by the chamber orchestra Solamente Naturali and the Bratislava Conservatory Choir. Vladimír Godár's cantata was in fact inspired by Bittová's vocal art, by its energy, discipline, and intuitive and emotional power.
Personnel: Iva Bittová (voice, violin, kalimba)
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