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Martinu: Saltimbanques – Songs, Vol. 5 / Hrochova, Koukl


Release Date: 03/09/2018 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8573823  
Composer:  Bohuslav Martinu
Performer:  Jana HrochovaGiorgio Koukl
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Bohuslav Martinu honed his songwriting craft in between composing larger orchestral works, his yearning for home reflected in the Four Songs to Czech Folk Texts written during desperate times in the Second World War. Sourced from previously unpublished manuscripts, this unique programme presents world premiere recordings of earlier songs written during summer holidays in Policka, as well as the Three Songs after Poems by Guillaume Apollinaire, long thought to e lost but miraculously unearthed just weeks before this recording. Pianist Giorgio Koukl regards these songs as similar to pearls, “born out of hardship, pain and discomfort and, after a while, becoming precious and admired.” Bohuslav Martinu honed his songwriting craft in between composing larger orchestral works, his yearning for home reflected in the Four Songs to Czech Folk Texts written during desperate times in the Second World War. Sourced from previously unpublished manuscripts, this unique programme presents world premiere recordings of earlier songs written during summer holidays in Policka, as well as the Three Songs after Poems by Guillaume Apollinaire, long thought to e lost but miraculously unearthed just weeks before this recording. Pianist Giorgio Koukl regards these songs as similar to pearls, “born out of hardship, pain and discomfort and, after a while, becoming precious and admired.” Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
New Anthology by Bohuslav Martinu
Performer:  Jana Hrochova (Mezzo Soprano), Giorgio Koukl (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942; Czech Republic 
2.
Songs (4) to Czech Folk Texts, H. 282bis by Bohuslav Martinu
Performer:  Jana Hrochova (Mezzo Soprano), Giorgio Koukl (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Czech Republic 
3.
Songs (3) after Poems by Apollinaire, H. 197 by Bohuslav Martinu
Performer:  Jana Hrochova (Mezzo Soprano), Giorgio Koukl (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Czech Republic 
4.
From Childhood, H. 51 by Bohuslav Martinu
Performer:  Jana Hrochova (Mezzo Soprano), Giorgio Koukl (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Czech Republic 
5.
Children's Songs and Nursery Rhymes (4), H. 225 by Bohuslav Martinu
Performer:  Jana Hrochova (Mezzo Soprano), Giorgio Koukl (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Czech Republic 
6.
Carol of Love, H. 259 by Bohuslav Martinu
Performer:  Jana Hrochova (Mezzo Soprano), Giorgio Koukl (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Czech Republic 
7.
The Jilted Maiden, H. 67 by Bohuslav Martinu
Performer:  Jana Hrochova (Mezzo Soprano), Giorgio Koukl (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Czech Republic 
8.
Jašek's Song, H. 37 by Bohuslav Martinu
Performer:  Jana Hrochova (Mezzo Soprano), Giorgio Koukl (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Czech Republic 
9.
Talk to Me Further, H. 66 by Bohuslav Martinu
Performer:  Jana Hrochova (Mezzo Soprano), Giorgio Koukl (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Czech Republic 
10.
Ballads (2) to Folk Texts, H. 228 by Bohuslav Martinu
Performer:  Jana Hrochova (Mezzo Soprano), Giorgio Koukl (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Czech Republic 
11.
You Write to Me, H. 48 by Bohuslav Martinu
Performer:  Jana Hrochova (Mezzo Soprano), Giorgio Koukl (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Czech Republic 
12.
Best Wishes to Mamma by Bohuslav Martinu
Performer:  Jana Hrochova (Mezzo Soprano), Giorgio Koukl (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Czech Republic 
13.
Songs (2), H. 213bis by Bohuslav Martinu
Performer:  Jana Hrochova (Mezzo Soprano), Giorgio Koukl (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Czech Republic 
14.
Songs (3) for Christmas, H. 184bis by Bohuslav Martinu
Performer:  Jana Hrochova (Mezzo Soprano), Giorgio Koukl (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Czech Republic 
15.
Vocalise-Etude by Bohuslav Martinu
Performer:  Jana Hrochova (Mezzo Soprano), Giorgio Koukl (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1930; Czech Republic 

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