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Novák: Piano Concerto, Toman and the Wood Nymph


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The greatest Czech composers – Dvorák, Smetana, Janácek, Suk, Martinu ... And anyone else? Yes, Vítezslav Novák! Who was he? A pupil of Dvorák’s, later on one of the most distinguished music creators and teachers on the domestic scene. A Post-Romantic and the first of the generation of Modernists profoundly inspired by Moravian folk music. This year’s 150th anniversary of Novák’s birth affords the opportunity to take a closer look at his oeuvre – and to rediscover that which has been overlooked. The idea of making the first studio recording of the Piano Concerto, a remarkable early work by the 25-year-old Novák, was enthusiastically endorsed by the superb Czech pianist Jan Bartoš. Due to its intimate nature, At Dusk, Op. 13, a cycle of miniatures for solo piano, inspired by J. S. Machar’s poetry, stands in contrast to the concerto’s virtuosic stylization. The tone poem Toman and the Wood Nymph may be deemed the most ambitious of Novák’s symphonic works. As the composer himself put it, he strove to express an “uncontrollable torrent of wild passion”, referring to the piece as an “orgy of sound” and the ballad as a “depiction of woman’s demonic power over man”. Jakub Hruša, a globally renowned contemporary conductor, invites us to rediscover Novák’s music: “We are obliged to perform it. His music is so profound and far-reaching that we simply cannot ignore it and let it gather dust in archives and remain buried in music history textbooks.”
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Item number SU4284-2
Barcode 099925428426
Release date 11/20/2020
Category Classical Music
Label SUPRAPHON
Media type COMPACT DISC
Number of units 1
Performers
Classical Artist Bartoš, Jan
Conductor Hruša, Jakub
Orchestra Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra
Disc: 1
Piano Concerto in E Minor00:30:00
1 I. Allegro energico 00:10:33 Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra Hruša, Jakub Bartoš, Jan
2 II. Andante con sentimento 00:07:31 Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra Hruša, Jakub Bartoš, Jan
3 III. Allegro giusto 00:08:56 Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra Hruša, Jakub Bartoš, Jan
Za soumraku (At Dusk), Op. 1300:10:00
4 I. Andante rubato 00:01:30 Bartoš, Jan
5 II. Alla Ballata 00:04:16 Bartoš, Jan
6 III. Serenade No. 1: Andante con moto 00:02:02 Bartoš, Jan
7 IV. Serenade No. 2: Andante grazioso 00:02:29 Bartoš, Jan
Toman a lesní panna (Toman and the Wood Nymph), Op00:26:00
8 Toman and the Wood Nymph, Op. 40 00:25:01 Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra Hruša, Jakub
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