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Martinu: Cantatas


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When Miloslav Bureš sent his first poem Song of the Ruby Spring to Bohuslav Martinu in 1955, he seemed to have touched the deepest spot of the composer’s heart. The poet set his verses into the landscape of the Czech Highlands, the region of Martinu’s childhood and a rich source of his memories. The composer must have identified strongly with the character of the pilgrim returning to his birthplace, because he wrote The Opening of the Springs within nine days. Later he set to music three more poems by Bureš, finishing the last one, Mikeš of the Mountains, half a year before his death. For Martinu, the cantatas represented an important link to his homeland at a time when the political situation and later also his poor health were diminishing his hopes of coming back home. One can only imagine what he felt when he was sitting in Schönenberg, Switzerland, listening to the vinyl record with the first recording of his Opening of the Springs published by Supraphon, or when his friends were sending him reports about the Czech premieres of his works... This new recording made by the Prague Philharmonic Choir is based on the currently prepared critical edition that takes into account the composer’s manuscripts and interpretation requirements. Insisting on the highest performance quality and returning to Martinu’s original ideas were what motivated the musicians throughout the making of this recording.
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Item number SU4198-2
Barcode 099925419820
Release date 1/13/2017
Category Choral
Label SUPRAPHON
Media type COMPACT DISC
Number of units 1
Performers
Choir Philharmonischer Chor Prag
Chorus Master Vasilek, Lukas
Disc: 1
Legenda z dýmu bramborové (Legend of the Smoke fro00:23:00
1 Legenda z dymu bramborove (Legend of the Smoke fro 00:18:04 Philharmonischer Chor Prag Vasilek, Lukas Vykopalová, Pavla Voboril, Jan Kahánek, Ivo Kromková, Ludmila Slavík, Martin Havel, Daniel Parík, Jan Hrebík, Josef Brückler, Jirí Svoboda, Petr
Otvírání studánek (The Opening of the Wells), H. 300:21:00
2 Otvirani studanek (The Opening of the Wells), H. 3 00:19:34 Philharmonischer Chor Prag Vasilek, Lukas Pinkas, Jiri Meduna, Jaromir Vykopalová, Pavla Kahánek, Ivo Kromková, Ludmila Slavík, Martin Fišer, Jakub Jezek, Stepan Brückler, Jirí Svoboda, Petr
Romance z pampelišek (Romance of the Dandelions), 00:15:00
3 Romance z pampelišek (Romance of the Dandelions), 00:11:18 Philharmonischer Chor Prag Vasilek, Lukas Vykopalová, Pavla Slavík, Martin Lavrincik, Patrik
Mikeš z hor (Mikeš from the Mountains), H. 37500:23:00
4 Mikes z hor (Mikes from the Mountains), H. 375 00:18:57 Philharmonischer Chor Prag Vasilek, Lukas Pinkas, Jiri Vykopalová, Pavla Kahánek, Ivo Slavík, Martin Fišer, Jakub Jezek, Stepan
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