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Jan Novak: Testamentum / Lukas Vasilek, Martinu Voices

Noval / Vasilek / Novakova / Voboril
Release Date: 08/12/2014 
Label:  Supraphon   Catalog #: 4159   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Jan Novák
Performer:  Katerina JavurkovaJan VoborilPetr HernychZdenek Vasina,   ... 
Conductor:  Lukas Vasilek
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Martinu Voices
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Jan Novak's oeuvre has not received the attention it undoubtedly deserves. The composer himself considered "crucial and epochal" for his work the six months he spent in New York, during which time he took lessons from Bohuslav Martinu. Following his return home in 1948, he was expelled from the Czechoslovak Union of Composers owing to his openness and "commotions", yet he received commissions from leading film directors (Kachyna, Trnka, Zeman). In the wake of the invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968, Novak and his family stayed abroad and lived in exile in Germany, Denmark and Italy. Novak was a banned composer in his homeland. His music is noted for its lightness, elegance, humour and slight provocation, and, in addition Read more to Martinu and jazz, was inspired by Latin, which he perfectly mastered, applied (almost exclusively) in his works and also used in everyday life. The remarkable young Martinu Voices ensemble presents Jan Novak's choral pieces, with two of them released on CD for the very first time. A special guest on the album is the composer's daughter Clara Novakova, for whom he wrote the flute part in Invitatio pastorum. Jan Novak's choral works - new worlds well worth discovering. Read less

Works on This Recording

Testamentum by Jan Novák
Performer:  Katerina Javurkova (French Horn), Jan Voboril (French Horn), Petr Hernych (French Horn),
Zdenek Vasina (French Horn)
Conductor:  Lukas Vasilek
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Martinu Voices
Fugae Vergilianae by Jan Novák
Conductor:  Lukas Vasilek
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Martinu Voices
Invitatio pastorum by Jan Novák
Performer:  Clara Novakova (Flute)
Conductor:  Lukas Vasilek
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Martinu Voices
Exercitia mythologica by Jan Novák
Conductor:  Lukas Vasilek
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Martinu Voices

Sound Samples

I. Fuga, "Tityre"
II. Fuga, "Fugit interea"
III. Fuga, "Hic Mars"
IV. Fuga, "Surgamus"
Invitatio pastorum: I. Antiphona "Hodie Christus natus est"
Invitatio pastorum: II. Angelus: Magnum vobis gaudium
Invitatio pastorum: III. Diabolus: Tu ne credas talibus
Invitatio pastorum: IV. Angelus: O pastores, quaerite
Invitatio pastorum: V. Diabolus: Simplex coetus, aspice
Invitatio pastorum: VI. Pastores: Num quis, frater, colligit
Invitatio pastorum: VII. Angelus: Cur non aures vertitis
Invitatio pastorum: VIII. Diabolus: O gens simplex
Invitatio pastorum: IX. Pastores: Audi, frater, iterum
Invitatio pastorum: X. Angeli: Gloria in excelsis Deo
Invitatio pastorum: XI. Pastores: Ad hanc vocem
Invitatio pastorum: XII. Hymnus "Adeste fideles"
Exercitia mythologica: I. Apollo
Exercitia mythologica: II. Orpheus
Exercitia mythologica: III. Erato
Exercitia mythologica: IV. Midas
Exercitia mythologica: V. Echo
Exercitia mythologica: VI. Minerva
Exercitia mythologica: VII. Tityrus
Exercitia mythologica: VIII. Terpsichore

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