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Our fresh new CD HUMMEL IN WARTBERG we will introduce at BASS FEST  festival in Banska Bystrica 28. of september.


My attempt is to introduce a :double bass and its development in the course of four centuries in Slovakia. Works that are on this CD enthralled me by their depth and unique sound moods, affect and nostalgia. They reflect social and political situation in former Habsburg monarchy. Influx and turbulence of musicians in this region caused various phenomena on one hand, but also maintenance of typical local colour of Slovakia and enrichment by new waves and directions in music on the other hand. In past few years I have been searching for tradition of double bass literature in Slovakia. I have received also some authentic recordings by generation of double-bass players from the last century, which could face competition of double-bass playing in the world in those times. Johannes Matthias Sperger and Wenzell Kallusch are composers and interpreters who exceeded the boundaries of Slovakia by their musical fullness and they established a firm ground for development of musical course of events in Pressburg – Bratislava. Composers of 20th and 21st century are considered as skilful masters of modern days. They represent a new fusion of Slovak post-modern authors influenced by still strong Russian school. In their compositions the double bass plays its original role of a solo instrument once again. | My childhood was greatly influenced by tradition of Slovak people and by my ancestors, who were acknowledged noble men during the reign Rudolph II. (Ján Božik Krigovszky – Veľký Biel).

By this CD recording I would like to pay tribute to Jesus Christ, my wife and children, parents, friends and my ancestors.

Ján Krigovský




The combination of three composers with Collegium Wartberg has a nonobvious background. Franz Schubert, as a group of artists, combined his artistic life with Želiezovce. He arrived in his, small town in the lower reaches of the Hron River in 1808, when Count Ján Karol Esterházy and his spouse Rozina invited him to their sumptuous, baroque chateau to teach their daughters, Maria and Caroline, music. Young Franz was accommodated in an empire pavilion, called Owl Lodge. During his four-month stay in 1818 he managed to charm the Count’s daughtcr, Caroline, who was at that time only 13 years old. In 1824 he returned there again. Young Caroline seduced him with her subtle manners and nobility. Their relationship, although remained platonic, left a significant mark on his compositions. Želiezovce became a place of an Inspiration for the composer, who wrote there many of his brilliant compositions. The Trout lied, as well as the quintet, however, were probably created before those two visits in this town. Jan Nepomuk Hummel, born in Bratislava, lived three years in Senec — Wartberg (Guard peak). In 1783 the Hummel family moved to Senec to the estate of Count Esterházy. His father Johann, who was a musician in a theatre orchestra and then a music teacher at a military academy in Senec, taught young Johann to play the violin. The talented child, however, after a year learnt how to play the piano and a further moving in 1786 marked a great turn in the family life. In Vienna eight year old Hummel impressed Mozart so much that he not only agreed to be his teacher, but also hosted him in his own house. After two years, when he gave concerts in the entire Europe, just as his teacher did, young Hummel gained a status of a virtuoso. Compositions of Hummel have lightness of Mozart, structure of Haydn and in many parts depth of Beethoven. Presumably, he was born too late to become a “classic” and too early to become a romantic. Artistic and composing life of Vojtech Didi, who comes from Kysuce, is associated with Banska Bystrica. A cooperation between a founder and a represenative of FMU AU and members of Collegium Wartberg has started, when they commenced their teaching activity. Compositions of Didi dedicated to the group are presented regularly at concerts and were also recorded on their profile CD.

Dalibor Karvay – Violin
Zuzana Bouřová – Viola
Jozef Podhoranský – Violonchello
Eva Cáhová – Piano
Ján Krigovský – Double bass


Johann Nepomuk Hummel

1. – 4. Piano Quintetss in E-flat major

Vojtech Didi  

5. – 6.  Musica concertino – for piano and strings dedicated to Collegium Wartberg – first recording  

7. Musica rurale – for piano and strings 

Franz Schubert 

8. – 12.  Piano quintet in A major “The Trout”

D 667/op. 114, dedicated to Sylvester Paumgartner for piano, violin, viola, violonchello, double bass 

©℗ Collegium Wartberg 2015


We also supported recording of our friends from Bass Band.

Double bass quartet Bass Band is one of these ensembles which was spontaneously created along with civic organisation Slovak Double Bass Club. Their ambition is to show up to audience possibilities of bass not only as orchestral instrument but also as a solo instrument. Bass quartet is offering to listeners extraordinary experience with fusion of the deep sound of the deepest string instrument and remarkable arrangements of classical, jazz, swing and also popular music.
Besides interpreting pieces for string quartets (such as W.A. Mozart’s Divertimento in D major) and brass ensembles, the band also specialises in performing original compositions tailored for its versatile body by both domestic and foreign authors.

Ján Krigovský, Ján Prievozník, Metod Podolský, Maroš Vavro