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: 209,492

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–6 Simple Songs (6) for voice & piano, H. 110 - Bohuslav Martinu & Giorgio Koukl (6:50)
    Composed byBohuslav Martinu
    Performed byJana Wallingerová
    1. 1No. 1. Days are much shorter
    2. 2No. 2. An angel has said to me
    3. 3No. 3. Oh, no one knows
    4. 4No. 4. Our fells
    5. 5No. 5. Far away thunder
    6. 6No. 6. Be well, my love!
  2. 7–9 Work(s): 3 Lullabies, H. 146 bis. No. 1. The tree at the do - Bohuslav Martinu & Gustav Falke (2:39)
    Composed byBohuslav Martinu
    Performed byJana Wallingerová
    1. 7No. 1. The tree at the door now slumbers
    2. 8No. 2. You sleep
    3. 9No. 3 Rocking and swaying
  3. 10–11 Little Songs (2) in Folk Style, for voice & piano, H. 14 - Bohuslav Martinu & Giorgio Koukl (2:21)
    Composed byBohuslav Martinu
    Performed byJana Wallingerová
    1. 10No. 1. Superstition
    2. 11No. 2. Our little garden
  4. 12–13 Work(s): 2 Songs on Russian Poetry, H. 135 bis. Sing no mor - Bohuslav Martinu & Giorgio Koukl (1:18)
    Composed byBohuslav Martinu
    Performed byJana Wallingerová
    1. 12Sing no more at my window
    2. 13A wreath of carnations
  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)
    Composed byBohuslav Martinu
    Performed byJana Wallingerová
    1. 14No. 1. Prosperous voyage
    2. 15No. 2. Song of the elves
    3. 16No. 3. Lucky in love
  6. 17 Work(s): The Gnat's Wedding, H. 75 - Bohuslav Martinu & Giorgio Koukl (1:20)
    Composed byBohuslav Martinu
    Performed byJana Wallingerová
  7. 18–20 Work(s): 3 Children's Songs, H. 146. The little bird - Bohuslav Martinu & Giorgio Koukl (1:15)
    Composed byBohuslav Martinu
    Performed byJana Wallingerová
    1. 18The little bird
    2. 19The evening
    3. 20The Christmas tree
  8. 21 Mrtvá láska (Dead Love), song for voice & piano, H. 44 - Bohuslav Martinu & Giorgio Koukl (2:49)
    Composed byBohuslav Martinu
    Performed byJana Wallingerová
  9. 22 Work(s): Czech Riddles, H. 277 bis - Bohuslav Martinu & Giorgio Koukl (4:43)
    Composed byBohuslav Martinu
    Performed byJana Wallingerová
  10. 23–24 Songs (2) for voice & piano, H. 31 - Bohuslav Martinu & Josef Vaclav Sladek (4:13)
    Composed byBohuslav Martinu
    Performed byJana Wallingerová
    1. 23No. 1. A girl's song
    2. 24No. 2. When the day comes
  11. 25 Work(s): Walk, I Walk Among the Hills, H. 74 bis - Bohuslav Martinu & Giorgio Koukl (1:38)
    Composed byBohuslav Martinu
    Performed byJana Wallingerová
  12. 26 Work(s): How Dear to Me the Hour, H. 106 - Bohuslav Martinu & Thomas Moore (2:36)
    Composed byBohuslav Martinu
    Performed byJana Wallingerová
  13. 27 Stestí to dost (Enough of Happiness), song for voice & piano, H. 81 - Bohuslav Martinu & Detlev von Liliencron (1:40)
    Composed byBohuslav Martinu
    Performed byJana Wallingerová
  14. 28 Slzy (Tears), song for voice & piano, H. 41 - Bohuslav Martinu & Josef Vaclav Sladek (2:29)
    Composed byBohuslav Martinu
    Performed byJana Wallingerová
  15. 29 Náladová kresba (Picture of a Mood), song for voice & piano, H. 29 - Bohuslav Martinu & Giorgio Koukl (3:04)
    Composed byBohuslav Martinu
    Performed byJana Wallingerová
  16. 30 Písen prvního listopadu (Song of the First of November), song for voice & piano, H. 72 - Bohuslav Martinu & Giorgio Koukl (1:20)
    Composed byBohuslav Martinu
    Performed byJana Wallingerová
  17. 31 Dívcí Sny (Maiden's Dreams), song for voice & piano, H. 22 - Bohuslav Martinu & Giorgio Koukl (2:48)
    Composed byBohuslav Martinu
    Performed byJana Wallingerová
  18. 32 Az Budem Starí (When We Are Old), song for voice & piano, H. 10 - Bohuslav Martinu & Giorgio Koukl (3:24)
    Composed byBohuslav Martinu
    Performed byJana Wallingerová
  19. 33 Nez se nadejes (Before You Know), song for voice & piano, H. 6 - Bohuslav Martinu & Giorgio Koukl (1:55)
    Composed byBohuslav Martinu
    Performed byJana Wallingerová
  20. 34 Noc kazdou tebe, drahá, zrím (I See You Every Night, My Dear), song for voice & piano, H. 57 - Bohuslav Martinu & Heinrich Heine (2:27)
    Composed byBohuslav Martinu
    Performed byJana Wallingerová
  21. 35 Work(s): 3 Songs on French Text, H. 88. No. 3. Night - Gustave Charpentier & Bohuslav Martinu (1:43)
    Composed byBohuslav Martinu
    Performed byJana Wallingerová
  22. 36 Work(s): Life' Over for Me, H. 43 - Bohuslav Martinu & Giorgio Koukl (2:30)
    Composed byBohuslav Martinu
    Performed byJana Wallingerová
  23. 37 V noci (At Night), song for voice & piano, H. 30 - Bohuslav Martinu & Giorgio Koukl (5:57)
    Composed byBohuslav Martinu
    Performed byJana Wallingerová
  24. 38 Stará písen (An Old Song), for voice & piano, H. 74 - Bohuslav Martinu & Villiers de L'Isle Adam (2:28)
    Composed byBohuslav Martinu
    Performed byJana Wallingerová
  25. 39 Work(s): Song on an Old Spanish Text, H. 87 - Bohuslav Martinu & Giorgio Koukl (1:44)
    Composed byBohuslav Martinu
    Performed byJana Wallingerová
  26. 40 Work(s): A Song about Kissing, H. 27 bis - Bohuslav Martinu & Giorgio Koukl (1:08)
    Composed byBohuslav Martinu
    Performed byJana Wallingerová
  27. 41 Vím hájícek pekný zelený (I Know a Grove), song for voice & piano, H. 273 - Bohuslav Martinu & Giorgio Koukl (1:21)
    Composed byBohuslav Martinu
    Performed byJana Wallingerová
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Jana Wallingerová Primary Artist
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