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Janacek: Piano Works (Complete) / Haakon Austbo


Release Date: 05/31/2005 
Label:  Brilliant Classics   Catalog #: 92295   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Leos Janácek
Performer:  Haakon Austbö
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 57 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


If you want every Janácek piano piece extant, significant or slight, in superb, beautifully engineered interpretations at rock-bottom cost, look no further. Häkon Austbo is no stranger to this repertoire (he made an earlier Janácek cycle circa 1980 that's hard to find), and his keen instincts for the composer's peculiar kind of "speech/song" style are matched by characterful and loving attention to details. There are too many to savor, but I'll cite a few felicitous examples. In On an Overgrown Path, for example, Austbo brings out the dialogue between the top melodic line and the tenor counterline in the first piece that others gloss over, and he carefully times No. 2's
Read more halting introduction while bringing greater weight and intensity to the climactic trill.


Many pianists milk the Sonata's Adagio ("The Death") in the manner of a Tchaikovskian dirge. Not Austbo. His strict tempo and unswerving adherence to the composer's dynamic scaling underline the music's austere, unsettling, and utterly unsentimental message. Also revelatory is the range of color and variety of touch Austbo brings to In the Mist. Reread my first sentence, and order this release at your first opportunity. [11/7/2005]
--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata 1.X.1905 "From the street" by Leos Janácek
Performer:  Haakon Austbö (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1905; Brno, Czech Republic 
Venue:  Westvest Church, Schiedam, The Netherlan 
Length: 12 Minutes 11 Secs. 
Notes: Westvest Church, Schiedam, The Netherlands (01/01/2004 - 01/07/2004) 
2.
On the overgrown path by Leos Janácek
Performer:  Haakon Austbö (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1901-1908; Brno, Czech Republic 
Venue:  Westvest Church, Schiedam, The Netherlan 
Length: 36 Minutes 26 Secs. 
Notes: Westvest Church, Schiedam, The Netherlands (01/01/2004 - 01/07/2004) 
3.
In the mists by Leos Janácek
Performer:  Haakon Austbö (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1912; Brno, Czech Republic 
Venue:  Westvest Church, Schiedam, The Netherlan 
Length: 15 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Notes: Westvest Church, Schiedam, The Netherlands (01/01/2004 - 01/07/2004) 
4.
Thema con variazioni for Piano, Op. 1 "Zdenka variations" by Leos Janácek
Performer:  Haakon Austbö (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1880; Brno, Czech Republic 
Venue:  Westvest Church, Schiedam, The Netherlan 
Length: 10 Minutes 13 Secs. 
Notes: Westvest Church, Schiedam, The Netherlands (01/01/2004 - 01/07/2004) 
5.
In Memoriam by Leos Janácek
Performer:  Haakon Austbö (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: ?1886; Brno, Czech Republic 
Venue:  Westvest Church, Schiedam, The Netherlan 
Length: 1 Minutes 42 Secs. 
Notes: Westvest Church, Schiedam, The Netherlands (01/01/2004 - 01/07/2004) 
6.
Music for gymnastic exercises by Leos Janácek
Performer:  Haakon Austbö (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1893; Brno, Czech Republic 
Venue:  Westvest Church, Schiedam, The Netherlan 
Length: 4 Minutes 35 Secs. 
Notes: Westvest Church, Schiedam, The Netherlands (01/01/2004 - 01/07/2004) 
7.
Christ the Lord is born by Leos Janácek
Performer:  Haakon Austbö (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909; Brno, Czech Republic 
Venue:  Westvest Church, Schiedam, The Netherlan 
Length: 0 Minutes 44 Secs. 
Notes: Westvest Church, Schiedam, The Netherlands (01/01/2004 - 01/07/2004) 
8.
Moderato for Piano by Leos Janácek
Performer:  Haakon Austbö (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911; Brno, Czech Republic 
Venue:  Westvest Church, Schiedam, The Netherlan 
Length: 1 Minutes 8 Secs. 
Notes: Westvest Church, Schiedam, The Netherlands (01/01/2004 - 01/07/2004) 
9.
Untitled Piece for Piano by Leos Janácek
Performer:  Haakon Austbö (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1926; Brno, Czech Republic 
Venue:  Westvest Church, Schiedam, The Netherlan 
Length: 0 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Notes: Westvest Church, Schiedam, The Netherlands (01/01/2004 - 01/07/2004) 
10.
Melodie for Piano by Leos Janácek
Performer:  Haakon Austbö (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: circa 1923; Brno, Czech Republic 
Venue:  Westvest Church, Schiedam, The Netherlan 
Length: 0 Minutes 29 Secs. 
Notes: Westvest Church, Schiedam, The Netherlands (01/01/2004 - 01/07/2004) 
11.
Moravian Folksongs (15) by Leos Janácek
Performer:  Haakon Austbö (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1921; Brno, Czech Republic 
Venue:  Westvest Church, Schiedam, The Netherlan 
Length: 8 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Notes: Westvest Church, Schiedam, The Netherlands (01/01/2004 - 01/07/2004) 
12.
Reminiscence for Piano by Leos Janácek
Performer:  Haakon Austbö (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1928; Brno, Czech Republic 
Venue:  Westvest Church, Schiedam, The Netherlan 
Length: 1 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Notes: Westvest Church, Schiedam, The Netherlands (01/01/2004 - 01/07/2004) 
13.
Intimate Sketches by Leos Janácek
Performer:  Haakon Austbö (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Bohemia 
Venue:  Westvest Church, Schiedam, The Netherlan 
Length: 2 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Notes: Westvest Church, Schiedam, The Netherlands (01/01/2004 - 01/07/2004) 
14.
Elegy on the death of my daughter Olga by Leos Janácek
Performer:  Haakon Austbö (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1903/1904; Czech Republic 
Venue:  Westvest Church, Schiedam, The Netherlan 
Length: 0 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Notes: Westvest Church, Schiedam, The Netherlands (01/01/2004 - 01/07/2004) 
15.
Moravian Dances and Folksongs for Piano by Leos Janácek
Performer:  Haakon Austbö (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1904; Brno, Czech Republic 
Venue:  Westvest Church, Schiedam, The Netherlan 
Length: 8 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Notes: Westvest Church, Schiedam, The Netherlands (01/01/2004 - 01/07/2004) 
16.
Ukolébavka by Leos Janácek
Performer:  Haakon Austbö (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Venue:  Westvest Church, Schiedam, The Netherlan 
Length: 0 Minutes 53 Secs. 
Notes: Westvest Church, Schiedam, The Netherlands (01/01/2004 - 01/07/2004) 
17.
Malostransky Palace by Leos Janácek
Performer:  Haakon Austbö (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Venue:  Westvest Church, Schiedam, The Netherlan 
Length: 1 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Notes: Westvest Church, Schiedam, The Netherlands (01/01/2004 - 01/07/2004) 
18.
On the overgrown path: no 13a, Piů mosso by Leos Janácek
Performer:  Haakon Austbö (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Brno, Czech Republic 
Venue:  Westvest Church, Schiedam, The Netherlan 
Length: 2 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Notes: Westvest Church, Schiedam, The Netherlands (01/01/2004 - 01/07/2004)
Composition written: Brno, Czech Republic (1901 - 1908). 
19.
On the overgrown path: no 13b, Allegro-Adagio by Leos Janácek
Performer:  Haakon Austbö (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Brno, Czech Republic 
Venue:  Westvest Church, Schiedam, The Netherlan 
Length: 4 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Notes: Westvest Church, Schiedam, The Netherlands (01/01/2004 - 01/07/2004)
Composition written: Brno, Czech Republic (1901 - 1908). 

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