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Jirasek: Parallel Worlds / Skopal, Jitro Czech Girls Choir


Release Date: 06/09/2017 
Label:  Navona   Catalog #: 6101  
Composer:  Jan Jirásek
Performer:  Michal ChrobákJan MíšekJan Jirásek
Conductor:  Jirí Skopal
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Jitro Czech Girls Choir
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

With Parallel Worlds, Czech composer Jan Jirasek provides a portal into his intricately textured and resonant choral music. These works are enhanced by Czech children's choir Jitro, whose singers imbibe Jirasek's delicate and earnest compositions with authority, maturity, and captivating grace. A varied collection of Jirasek's sacred and secular choral music, Parallel Worlds reveals the composer's affinity for non-traditional sounds, as well as vocal forms rooted in Renaissance and Medieval traditions. These subtle, period-based influences are most evident in the nuances of compositions such as works like Missa Propria that evoke the voice-leading techniques of Italian Renaissance composer Carlo Gesualdo. Most obvious of these subtleties is Read more Jirasek's contrast of polyphony and monophony in Missa Propria and Si, Vis, Amari, Ama, which use chant-like melodies scored for the entire choir. These moments strongly recall the structural role of Gregorian chant in Medieval, Renaissance, and even later musical settings of the mass text. King Lavra presents a subtler allusion to earlier eras of choral music, as its dramatic scoring recalls teh Medieval genre of the liturgical drama. This composition is also one of several works on this album to feature atypical sounds, including percussive vocal sounds ranging from spoken text to individual isolated consonants. Jirasek's use of a pair of scissors as a percussion instrument on King Lavra is a brilliant and wholly unpredictable reinterpretation of a mundane object, and the clear, precise attack of the swiftly closing scissors works impressively well with the piano and vocal forces. Throughout Parallel Worlds, Jirasek's creations are vibrant and profound, often suggesting the choir's singing is filling an enormous venue. The composer constantly plays with layering fixed materials, and he often manipulates the density of these musical strata to pull the listener through his intricate compositional mazes. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Missa propria by Jan Jirásek
Conductor:  Jirí Skopal
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Jitro Czech Girls Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1994; Czech Republic 
2.
Missa propria by Jan Jirásek
Conductor:  Jirí Skopal
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Jitro Czech Girls Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1994; Czech Republic 
3.
If You Want To Be Loved, Love (Si, vis amari, ama) by Jan Jirásek
Performer:  Michal Chrobák (Piano), Jan Míšek (Tambourine)
Conductor:  Jirí Skopal
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Jitro Czech Girls Choir
Period: Contemporary 
Written: Czech Republic 
4.
If You Want To Be Loved, Love (Si, vis amari, ama) by Jan Jirásek
Performer:  Michal Chrobák (Piano), Jan Míšek (Tambourine)
Conductor:  Jirí Skopal
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Jitro Czech Girls Choir
Period: Contemporary 
Written: Czech Republic 
5.
Parallel Worlds by Jan Jirásek
Conductor:  Jirí Skopal
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Jitro Czech Girls Choir
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2009; Czech Republic 
6.
King Lávra by Jan Jirásek
Performer:  Jan Jirásek (Percussion), Michal Chrobák (Piano)
Conductor:  Jirí Skopal
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Jitro Czech Girls Choir
Period: Contemporary 
Written: Czech Republic 

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