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Antonín Dvorák: Moravian Duets


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“Isn’t it possible to turn some local material into duets, for example Moravian songs?” This question was posed by Jan Neff, himself from Moravia, who grew tired of repeating German songs over and over again at the piano with his wife and Antonín Dvorák. His question in fact stood at the birth of Moravian Duets and also marked the beginning of Dvorák’s journey abroad. “Why not, find good lyrics and I will take care of the rest.” When the composer got the first selection of folk songs from Sušil’s collection, he decided to take only the lyrics and provide them with his own tunes. As soon as the duets got into the hands of Johannes Brahms (who was a member of a committee that assessed Dvorák’s application for a state scholarship), the well-established composer did not hesitate to recommend them to his Berlin publisher Fritz Simrock. “When you play them, you will enjoy them just as I did, and as a publisher you will especially be pleased by their unique beauty.” It was Simrock who initiated the composition of a four-hand version of the Slavonic Dances that led to Dvorák’s first major international success. The present recording is unique in another aspect as well: the complete set of 23 Moravian Duets have been played and recorded on Dvorák’s original grand piano, a 1879 Bösendorfer that is a pride of the Antonín Dvorák Museum in Prague. The challenge was taken hold of by young musicians who are not only crowned by international laurels but also possess a sensitivity both for the charm of Dvorák’s songs and the unique timbres of the instrument touched by the composer’s own hands.
Facts
Item number SU4238-2
Barcode 099925423827
Release date 4/20/2018
Category Vocal
Label SUPRAPHON
Media type COMPACT DISC
Number of units 1
Performers
Classical Artist Nekoranec, Petr
Šaturová, Simona
Cukrová, Marketa
Conductor Spurný, Vojtech
Disc: 1
Moravské dvojzpevy (Moravian Duets), Op. 38, B. 6900:08:00
1 No. 1. Možnost 00:01:46 Cukrová, Marketa Šaturová, Simona Spurný, Vojtech
2 No. 2. Jablko 00:02:08 Spurný, Vojtech Šaturová, Simona Cukrová, Marketa
3 No. 3. Venecek 00:01:43 Spurný, Vojtech Šaturová, Simona Cukrová, Marketa
4 No. 4. Hore 00:02:48 Spurný, Vojtech Šaturová, Simona Cukrová, Marketa
Moravské dvojzpevy (Moravian Duets), Op. 32, B. 6200:07:00
5 Moravské dvojzpevy (Moravian Duets), Op. 32, B. 62 00:02:38 Cukrová, Marketa Šaturová, Simona Spurný, Vojtech
Na tej našej streše laštovecka (There on our roof 00:01:00
6 Na tej našej streše laštovecka (There on our roof 00:00:44 Spurný, Vojtech Cukrová, Marketa Šaturová, Simona
Moravské dvojzpevy (Moravian Duets), Op. 20, B. 5000:10:00
7 No. 1. Promeny (Destined) 00:02:45 Spurný, Vojtech Šaturová, Simona Nekoranec, Petr
8 No. 2. Rozloucení (The Parting) 00:01:50 Spurný, Vojtech Šaturová, Simona Nekoranec, Petr
9 No. 3. Chudoba (Poverty) 00:02:32 Spurný, Vojtech Šaturová, Simona Nekoranec, Petr
10 No. 4. Vure šohaj, vure (The Last Wish) 00:02:13 Spurný, Vojtech Šaturová, Simona Nekoranec, Petr
Moravské dvojzpevy (Moravian Duets), Op. 32, B. 6200:07:00
11 No. 1. A já ti uplynu (From Thee Now) 00:02:43 Spurný, Vojtech Šaturová, Simona Cukrová, Marketa
12 No. 2. Velet, vtácku (Fly Sweetsongster) 00:02:44 Spurný, Vojtech Šaturová, Simona Cukrová, Marketa
13 No. 3. Dyby byla kosa nabróšená (The Slighted Hear 00:01:06 Spurný, Vojtech Šaturová, Simona Cukrová, Marketa
14 No. 4. V dobrým sme se sešli (Parting Without Sorr 00:01:09 Spurný, Vojtech Šaturová, Simona Cukrová, Marketa
15 No. 5. Slavíkovský polecko malý (The Pledge of Lov 00:01:17 Spurný, Vojtech Šaturová, Simona Cukrová, Marketa
16 No. 6. Holub na javore (Forsaken) 00:01:39 Spurný, Vojtech Šaturová, Simona Cukrová, Marketa
17 No. 7. Voda a plác (Sad of Heart) 00:02:19 Spurný, Vojtech Šaturová, Simona Cukrová, Marketa
18 No. 8. Skromná (The Modest Maid) 00:01:45 Spurný, Vojtech Šaturová, Simona Cukrová, Marketa
19 No. 9. Prsten (The Ring) 00:02:26 Spurný, Vojtech Šaturová, Simona Cukrová, Marketa
20 No. 10. Zelenaj se, zelenaj (Omens) 00:03:36 Spurný, Vojtech Šaturová, Simona Cukrová, Marketa
21 No. 11. Zajatá (The Maid Imprisoned) 00:02:53 Spurný, Vojtech Šaturová, Simona Cukrová, Marketa
22 No. 12. Neveta (Comfort) 00:03:38 Spurný, Vojtech Šaturová, Simona Cukrová, Marketa
23 No. 13. Šípek (The Wild Rose) 00:03:15 Spurný, Vojtech Šaturová, Simona Cukrová, Marketa
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