Martinu: Songs, Vol. 1 - A Wreath of Carnations

Martinu: Songs, Vol. 1 - A Wreath of Carnations

by Jana Wallingerová
     
 

This wreath of carnations is a set of early songs by Bohuslav Martinu, written in all but two cases before he moved from Czechoslovakia to France in 1923. It's apparently the first in a multivolume set of Martinu songs by Czech mezzo soprano Jana Wallingerová, whose voice has a bit of grit in it. It's not necessarily wrong for the material, especially in the folkish… See more details below

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This wreath of carnations is a set of early songs by Bohuslav Martinu, written in all but two cases before he moved from Czechoslovakia to France in 1923. It's apparently the first in a multivolume set of Martinu songs by Czech mezzo soprano Jana Wallingerová, whose voice has a bit of grit in it. It's not necessarily wrong for the material, especially in the folkish repertory that makes up the majority of this album, but sample it to see if you like it. Many of these pieces are essentially youthful works, and only a few, such as the "Ceské hádanky, H. 277bis" (Czech Riddles), track 22, have the astringently economical language of the mature Martinu. Most of the songs are very short, and many draw on Czech folk texts and folk-like poetry in other languages, mostly translated into Czech (there are a few in French and German) and set to simple, rhythmic melodies. There is even the novelty of hearing a Thomas Moore lyric in Czech and with a very Eastern European melody (track 26). Dvorák is the point of departure here, with the harmonies pushed in some new directions. There are also pieces, pretty much works of apprenticeship, that emulate Brahms and even Schubert. Clearly this is not a first pick for those interested in Martinu's vocal music, but it's an interesting collection of music for Martinu fans interested in his development. The Czech nationalist strain in these songs seems to carry forward into Martinu's French period in a way that's hard to pin down but definitely there. The Prague studio sound is fine, and Wallingerová is ably backed by accompanist Giorgio Koukl.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/31/2011
Label:
Naxos
UPC:
0747313258871
catalogNumber:
8572588
Rank:
172130

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Tracks

  1. Vím hájícek pekný zelený (I Know a Grove), song for voice & piano, H. 273  - Bohuslav Martinu  - Giorgio Koukl  - Jana Wallingerová
  2. Work(s): A Song about Kissing, H. 27 bis  - Bohuslav Martinu  - Giorgio Koukl  - Jana Wallingerová
  3. Work(s): Song on an Old Spanish Text, H. 87  - Bohuslav Martinu  - Giorgio Koukl  - Jana Wallingerová
  4. Stará písen (An Old Song), for voice & piano, H. 74  - Bohuslav Martinu  - Villiers de L'Isle Adam  - Giorgio Koukl  - Jana Wallingerová  - Emanuel Lesehradu
  5. V noci (At Night), song for voice & piano, H. 30  - Bohuslav Martinu  - Giorgio Koukl  - Rudolf Mayer  - Jana Wallingerová
  6. Work(s): Life' Over for Me, H. 43  - Bohuslav Martinu  - Giorgio Koukl  - Jana Wallingerová  - Augustin Eugen Muzík
  7. Work(s): 3 Songs on French Text, H. 88. No. 3. Night  - Bohuslav Martinu  - Gustave Charpentier  - Giorgio Koukl  - Jana Wallingerová
  8. Noc kazdou tebe, drahá, zrím (I See You Every Night, My Dear), song for voice & piano, H. 57  - Bohuslav Martinu  - Heinrich Heine  - Giorgio Koukl  - Jana Wallingerová
  9. Nez se nadejes (Before You Know), song for voice & piano, H. 6  - Bohuslav Martinu  - Giorgio Koukl  - Jana Wallingerová  - Jan Cervenka
  10. Az Budem Starí (When We Are Old), song for voice & piano, H. 10  - Bohuslav Martinu  - Giorgio Koukl  - Jana Wallingerová  - Antonín Klásterecký
  11. Dívcí Sny (Maiden's Dreams), song for voice & piano, H. 22  - Bohuslav Martinu  - Giorgio Koukl  - Jana Wallingerová  - Ricarda Octavia Huch
  12. Písen prvního listopadu (Song of the First of November), song for voice & piano, H. 72  - Bohuslav Martinu  - Giorgio Koukl  - Jana Wallingerová  - Vratislav Hlavsa
  13. Náladová kresba (Picture of a Mood), song for voice & piano, H. 29  - Bohuslav Martinu  - Giorgio Koukl  - Jana Wallingerová  - V. Klen
  14. Slzy (Tears), song for voice & piano, H. 41  - Bohuslav Martinu  - Josef Vaclav Sladek  - Giorgio Koukl  - Jana Wallingerová
  15. Stestí to dost (Enough of Happiness), song for voice & piano, H. 81  - Bohuslav Martinu  - Detlev von Liliencron  - Giorgio Koukl  - Jana Wallingerová
  16. Work(s): How Dear to Me the Hour, H. 106  - Bohuslav Martinu  - Thomas Moore  - Giorgio Koukl  - Jana Wallingerová
  17. Work(s): Walk, I Walk Among the Hills, H. 74 bis  - Bohuslav Martinu  - Giorgio Koukl  - Kazimierz Przerwa-Tetmajer  - Jana Wallingerová
  18. Songs (2) for voice & piano, H. 31  - Bohuslav Martinu  - Josef Vaclav Sladek  - Giorgio Koukl  - Jana Wallingerová
  19. Work(s): Czech Riddles, H. 277 bis  - Bohuslav Martinu  - Giorgio Koukl  - Jana Wallingerová
  20. Mrtvá láska (Dead Love), song for voice & piano, H. 44  - Bohuslav Martinu  - Giorgio Koukl  - Jana Wallingerová  - Augustin Eugen Muzík
  21. Work(s): 3 Children's Songs, H. 146. The little bird  - Bohuslav Martinu  - Giorgio Koukl  - Jana Wallingerová
  22. Work(s): The Gnat's Wedding, H. 75  - Bohuslav Martinu  - Giorgio Koukl  - Jana Wallingerová
  23. Little Songs (4) to Goethe's Text, for voice & piano, H. 94 (last one lost)  - Bohuslav Martinu  - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe  - Giorgio Koukl  - Jana Wallingerová
  24. Work(s): 2 Songs on Russian Poetry, H. 135 bis. Sing no mor  - Bohuslav Martinu  - Giorgio Koukl  - Jana Wallingerová  - Alexei Vasilievich Kolkov
  25. Little Songs (2) in Folk Style, for voice & piano, H. 14  - Bohuslav Martinu  - Giorgio Koukl  - Jana Wallingerová  - P. Manin
  26. Work(s): 3 Lullabies, H. 146 bis. No. 1. The tree at the do  - Bohuslav Martinu  - Gustav Falke  - Detlev von Liliencron  - Giorgio Koukl  - Jana Wallingerová  - Wilhelm Raabe
  27. Simple Songs (6) for voice & piano, H. 110  - Bohuslav Martinu  - Giorgio Koukl  - Jana Wallingerová

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