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Jan Novák Vol 2 / Paris Chamber Ensemble


Release Date: 07/27/1999 
Label:  Gall (Formerly Gallo)   Catalog #: 938   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Jan Novák
Performer:  Clara NovakovaJean-Claude BouveresseDora NovakChristophe Poiget,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paris Chamber Ensemble
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 12 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Jan Novak was born in Nova Rise in the Czech Republic on April 8, 1921. This little Moravian village had been known as a center for cultural activities since the 18th century. The young Novak received a solid classical education at the local Jesuit College. He continued his studies with Pavel Borkovec at the Prague Music Academy. His encounters with musicians during his studies on a scholarship in the United States from 1947-48 proved to be very significant. He was greatly influenced by Aaron Copland at Tanglewood and, above all, by Bohuslav Martinu in New York, whom he considered his mentor. Upon his return to Czechoslovakia he settled in Brno. Towards the end of the 1950s, he began to experiment with jazz and dodecaphony. His perfect Read more command of the Latin language also proved a privileged source of inspiration. Novak was in Italy on a concert tour when Czechoslovakia was invaded by troops from the Warsaw pact in August 1968. He chose not to return to his country but departed with his family at first to Denmark, which he left for Italy where he lived from 1970-1977, before finally settling in Ulm, Germany. This period of exile was quite taxing; the cosmopolitan humanist who was profoundly rooted in the Czech musical tradition had difficulty finding a place in a society where art and novelty were often confused; he did however produce a number of major compositions during this period including an opera and a number of orchestral works. His compositions after 1980 were enriched by profound emotional and, surprisingly, spiritual elements. He died in his 63rd year in Ulm on November 17, 1984. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata Tribus for Flute, Violin and Piano by Jan Novák
Performer:  Clara Novakova (Flute), Jean-Claude Bouveresse (Violin), Dora Novak (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paris Chamber Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1982; Germany 
2.
Preludes and Fugues (2) for Flute by Jan Novák
Performer:  Clara Novakova (Flute)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paris Chamber Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1979; Germany 
3.
Sonata Solis Fidibus for Violin solo by Jan Novák
Performer:  Christophe Poiget (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paris Chamber Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1974; Italy 
4.
Sonata Phantasia for Cello, Bassoon and Piano by Jan Novák
Performer:  Dora Novak (Piano), Odile Bourin (Cello), Henri Lescouret (Bassoon)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paris Chamber Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1982; Germany 

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