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VALENTINA KAMENIKOVA (1930 - 1989)
Soviet-Czech pianist



Valentina Kamenikova was entirely unknown to me before I came across one of her recordings and decided to publish this page.  Now she is only almost entirely unknown to me. I have found just an iota of information about her, and accuracy of that is questionable.

It seems she was born in Odessa, studied at the Odessa and Moscow conservatories, got married in 1954, moved to Prague in 1957, studied at the Prague Academy of Performing Arts from 1959 to 1961 under František Rauch - noted Czech pianist and teacher - thereafter enjoying a successful concert career.

Valentina Kamenikova was en exact contemporary of Rosa Tamarkna which begs the question, did they know each other? I have found no information as to the teachers with whom she studied in Odessa or Moscow.

It is very likely that Valentina Kamenikova was one of the many artists who were not permitted to travel outside the Soviet block.  I have read that she made over fifty recordings, probably all for the Czech label Supraphon.  Based on the handful of solo and concerto recording below, she had a mighty technique and played very musically.   I find the recordings of the Liszt and Mozart sonatas of particular interest.



Haydn  Piano Concerto in C major, HOB XVIII:1
Libor Hlavacek conducting the Virtuosi Pragenses


i Allegro moderato



ii Largo



iii Allegro molto




Mozart  Piano Sonata 11 in A major, K 331

i Andante grazioso - Theme and Variations I-VI
ii  Menuetto. Trio
iii Alla Turca: Allegretto




Mozart  Piano Sonata 12 in F major, K 332

i Allegro
ii  Adagio
iii Allegro assai




Chopin  Ballade 1 in G minor, Op 23




Chopin  Impromptus


1 in A♭ major, Op 29



4 Fantaisie-Impromptu in C minor, Op 66




Liszt  Sonata in B minor

recorded ca1977




Liszt  Piano Concerto 1 in E major
Jirí Belohlávek conducting the Brno State Philharmonic Orchestra




Tchaikovsky  Piano Concerto 1 in B minor, Op 23
Jiri Pinkas conducting the Brno State Philharmonic Orchestra

recorded in 1971


ii Andantino simplice

 



iii Allegro con fuoco




Rachmaninoff  Piano Concerto 1 in F minor, Op 1
Jiri Pinkas conducting the Brno State Philharmonic Orchestra


ii
Andante



iii Allegro vivace




Rachmaninoff  Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini, Op 43
Jiri Pinkas conducting the Brno State Philharmonic Orchestra










For those of you who enjoy murder mysteries, here is my first with a strong musical polemic as background

Murder in the House of the Muse

which is also available as an audiobook.



And this is the more recently published second mystery in the series:

Murder Follows the Muse



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