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Mater - Vladimir Godar: Stabat Mater, Etc / Stryncl, Bittova


Release Date: 04/10/2007 
Label:  Ecm   Catalog #: 000850602   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Vladimir Godár
Performer:  Milos ValentIva BittováJuraj KovacPeter Spissky,   ... 
Conductor:  Marek Stryncl
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bratislava Conservatory ChoirSolamente Naturali
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 57 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews



Rich, raw and uplifting music reveals an important new voice

To say that Vladímir Godár is a typical ECM discovery is certainly not to diminish either him or ECM. This Slovak composer, born in 1956, uses a vocabulary in the works recorded here that will inevitably recall Górecki, and also at times Pärt and Tavener, though the music’s emotional intensity, the particular way in which repetition is used and the use of certain sonorities and chords, relate much more to the Polish composer than the other two, very noticeably in the Stabat mater; aficionados of these composers will certainly enjoy what is recorded here. But though the
Read more music may recall them, it does not sound like any of them for any length of time: Godár has his own way of saying what he wants to say, which is, for him, intimately connected with what he calls “musical archaeology”, specifically Slovak culture, musical, literary and religious.

Thus there are works that draw upon Slovak translations of the Magnificat and Stabat mater, traditional lullabies, a Latin Regina coeli and, rather oddly, a single poem by James Joyce. The Magnificat is based very simply on the immediately recognisable first tone, for solo voice and dark string underpinning, but is interrupted by massive choral interjections of the word “Magnificat” at its climax – a simple but effective device. There are conscious references to the Baroque at various points but folk monody – the archetypal lullaby of the mother – is what really holds all this material together.

Godár’s transparent but strong style is greatly helped in this by the powerfully raw voice of the amazing Iva Bittová, but also by the precision of Solamente Naturali and the Bratislava choir. I predict a great future for this recording.

-- Ivan Moody, Gramophone [5/2007]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Maykomashmalon der regen by Vladimir Godár
Performer:  Milos Valent (Violin), Iva Bittová (Mezzo Soprano), Juraj Kovac (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2005; Slovakia 
Date of Recording: 09/2005 
Venue:  St George's Church, Sväty Jur, Slovakia 
Length: 3 Minutes 40 Secs. 
Language: Yiddish 
2.
Magnificat by Vladimir Godár
Performer:  Iva Bittová (Mezzo Soprano), Peter Spissky (Violin), Peter Sesták (Viola),
Mária Trevor-Dúhová (Harp), Milos Valent (Violin), Juraj Kovac (Cello)
Conductor:  Marek Stryncl
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bratislava Conservatory Choir,  Solamente Naturali
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2003; Slovakia 
Date of Recording: 09/2005 
Venue:  St George's Church, Sväty Jur, Slovakia 
Length: 9 Minutes 35 Secs. 
Language: Slovak 
3.
Lullabies (4) for Alto/Bass and Strings by Vladimir Godár
Performer:  Peter Sesták (Viola), Iva Bittová (Mezzo Soprano), Peter Vrbincik (Viola),
Milos Valent (Violin), Peter Spissky (Violin), Juraj Kovac (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2002; Slovakia 
Date of Recording: 09/2005 
Venue:  St George's Church, Sväty Jur, Slovakia 
Length: 8 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Language: Slovak 
4.
Ecce puer by Vladimir Godár
Performer:  Iva Bittová (Mezzo Soprano), Milos Valent (Viola), Tibor Nagy (Double Bass),
Mária Trevor-Dúhová (Harp), Peter Spissky (Violin), Luboslav Nedorost (Violin),
Peter Gulas (Harpsichord), Premysal Vacek (Chitarrone)
Conductor:  Marek Stryncl
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Solamente Naturali
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1997; Slovakia 
Date of Recording: 09/2005 
Venue:  St George's Church, Sväty Jur, Slovakia 
Length: 6 Minutes 12 Secs. 
Language: English 
5.
Stabat Mater by Vladimir Godár
Performer:  Mária Trevor-Dúhová (Harp), Iva Bittová (Mezzo Soprano), Milos Valent (Violin),
Peter Gulas (Harpsichord), Premysal Vacek (Chitarrone)
Conductor:  Marek Stryncl
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Solamente Naturali
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2001; Slovakia 
Date of Recording: 09/2005 
Venue:  St George's Church, Sväty Jur, Slovakia 
Length: 19 Minutes 24 Secs. 
Language: Slovak 
6.
Regina coeli by Vladimir Godár
Performer:  Premysal Vacek (Chitarrone), Milos Valent (Violin), Peter Gulas (Harpsichord),
Iva Bittová (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Marek Stryncl
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bratislava Conservatory Choir,  Solamente Naturali
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2003; Slovakia 
Date of Recording: 09/2005 
Venue:  St George's Church, Sväty Jur, Slovakia 
Length: 5 Minutes 1 Secs. 
Language: Latin 

Sound Samples

Maykomashmalon
Magnificat
Uspávanky (Lullabies)
Ecce puer
Stálá Matka (Stabat Mater)
Regina coeli
Maykomashmalon

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