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

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All Music Guide - James Manheim
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 ...
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All Music Guide - James Manheim
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: 5/31/2011
  • Label: Naxos
  • UPC: 747313258871
  • Catalog Number: 8572588
  • Sales rank: 360,418

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–6 Simple Songs (6) for voice & piano, H. 110 - Bohuslav Martinu & Giorgio Koukl (6:50)
  2. 7–9 Work(s): 3 Lullabies, H. 146 bis. No. 1. The tree at the do - Bohuslav Martinu & Gustav Falke (2:39)
  3. 10–11 Little Songs (2) in Folk Style, for voice & piano, H. 14 - Bohuslav Martinu & Giorgio Koukl (2:21)
  4. 12–13 Work(s): 2 Songs on Russian Poetry, H. 135 bis. Sing no mor - Bohuslav Martinu & Giorgio Koukl (1:18)
  5. 14–16 Little Songs (4) to Goethe's Text, for voice & piano, H. 94 (last one lost) - Bohuslav Martinu & Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (2:53)
  6. 15 Work(s): The Gnat's Wedding, H. 75 - Bohuslav Martinu & Giorgio Koukl (1:20)
  7. 18–20 Work(s): 3 Children's Songs, H. 146. The little bird - Bohuslav Martinu & Giorgio Koukl (1:15)
  8. 19 Mrtvá láska (Dead Love), song for voice & piano, H. 44 - Bohuslav Martinu & Giorgio Koukl (2:49)
  9. 20 Work(s): Czech Riddles, H. 277 bis - Bohuslav Martinu & Giorgio Koukl (4:43)
  10. 23–24 Songs (2) for voice & piano, H. 31 - Bohuslav Martinu & Josef Vaclav Sladek (4:13)
  11. 24 Work(s): Walk, I Walk Among the Hills, H. 74 bis - Bohuslav Martinu & Giorgio Koukl (1:38)
  12. 25 Work(s): How Dear to Me the Hour, H. 106 - Bohuslav Martinu & Thomas Moore (2:36)
  13. 26 Stestí to dost (Enough of Happiness), song for voice & piano, H. 81 - Bohuslav Martinu & Detlev von Liliencron (1:40)
  14. 27 Slzy (Tears), song for voice & piano, H. 41 - Bohuslav Martinu & Josef Vaclav Sladek (2:29)
  15. 28 Náladová kresba (Picture of a Mood), song for voice & piano, H. 29 - Bohuslav Martinu & Giorgio Koukl (3:04)
  16. 29 Písen prvního listopadu (Song of the First of November), song for voice & piano, H. 72 - Bohuslav Martinu & Giorgio Koukl (1:20)
  17. 30 Dívcí Sny (Maiden's Dreams), song for voice & piano, H. 22 - Bohuslav Martinu & Giorgio Koukl (2:48)
  18. 31 Az Budem Starí (When We Are Old), song for voice & piano, H. 10 - Bohuslav Martinu & Giorgio Koukl (3:24)
  19. 32 Nez se nadejes (Before You Know), song for voice & piano, H. 6 - Bohuslav Martinu & Giorgio Koukl (1:55)
  20. 33 Noc kazdou tebe, drahá, zrím (I See You Every Night, My Dear), song for voice & piano, H. 57 - Bohuslav Martinu & Heinrich Heine (2:27)
  21. 34 Work(s): 3 Songs on French Text, H. 88. No. 3. Night - Gustave Charpentier & Bohuslav Martinu (1:43)
  22. 35 Work(s): Life' Over for Me, H. 43 - Bohuslav Martinu & Giorgio Koukl (2:30)
  23. 36 V noci (At Night), song for voice & piano, H. 30 - Bohuslav Martinu & Giorgio Koukl (5:57)
  24. 37 Stará písen (An Old Song), for voice & piano, H. 74 - Bohuslav Martinu & Villiers de L'Isle Adam (2:28)
  25. 38 Work(s): Song on an Old Spanish Text, H. 87 - Bohuslav Martinu & Giorgio Koukl (1:44)
  26. 39 Work(s): A Song about Kissing, H. 27 bis - Bohuslav Martinu & Giorgio Koukl (1:08)
  27. 40 Vím hájícek pekný zelený (I Know a Grove), song for voice & piano, H. 273 - Bohuslav Martinu & Giorgio Koukl (1:21)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jana Wallingerová Primary Artist
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