Vitezslav Novak: In the Tatras; Of Eternal Longing; Melancholy of Love; South Bohemian Motives

Vitezslav Novak: In the Tatras; Of Eternal Longing; Melancholy of Love; South Bohemian Motives

by Douglas Bostock
     
 
For listeners who know and love the orchestral music of Czech composers Josef Suk and Leos Janácek, this disc of symphonic poems and orchestral song cycles by their contemporary countryman Vitezslav Novák will be the next logical place to go. Although the two symphonic poems "In the Tatras" and "Eternal Longing" have been recorded many times, the cycle "Melancholic

Overview

For listeners who know and love the orchestral music of Czech composers Josef Suk and Leos Janácek, this disc of symphonic poems and orchestral song cycles by their contemporary countryman Vitezslav Novák will be the next logical place to go. Although the two symphonic poems "In the Tatras" and "Eternal Longing" have been recorded many times, the cycle "Melancholic Songs of Love" has rarely been recorded, and the cycle "South Bohemian Motives" has never been recorded. Like Suk and Janácek, Novák started out as a full-blown Romantic composer; unlike them, however, he stayed a full-blown Romantic and his early and late works are all cut from the same bolt of shimmering, glimmering cloth. For those unfamiliar with Novák, his "In the Tatras" could be said to be a sort of Bohemian Alpine symphony with less musical bombast, while his "Eternal Longing" could be said to be a sort of Czech "Also Sprach Zarathustra" with fewer philosophical pretense. In the same vein, Novák's songs could be said to be moodier Eastern European versions of Strauss' songs, particularly the "Vier letzte Lieder." These performances with Douglas Bostock leading the Carlsbad Symphony with soprano Daniela Strakova in the songs are entirely successful in making the best possible case for the music, and if for some listeners they don't succeed, it's only because those listeners lacks sympathy with Novák's fin de siècle aesthetics. Classico's sound is unhappily dim and gray.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/23/2001
Label:
Classico
UPC:
0675754312923
catalogNumber:
256

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Tracks

  1. V Tatrách, symphonic poem for orchestra, Op 26  - Vitezslav Novák  - Douglas Bostock  - Daniela Strakova  -  Carlsbad Symphony Orchestra
  2. Eternal Longing (O Vecné Touze), symphonic poem for orchestra, Op. 33  - Vitezslav Novák  - Douglas Bostock  - Daniela Strakova  -  Carlsbad Symphony Orchestra
  3. Melancholic Songs of Love, Op. 38: No. 1, Love came into the World  - Vitezslav Novák  - Douglas Bostock  - Daniela Strakova  -  Carlsbad Symphony Orchestra
  4. Melancholic Songs of Love, Op. 38: No. 2, Love is Like a Star  - Vitezslav Novák  - Douglas Bostock  - Daniela Strakova  -  Carlsbad Symphony Orchestra
  5. Melancholic Songs of Love, Op. 38: No. 3, When Flies Love Hither?  - Vitezslav Novák  - Pablo Neruda  - Douglas Bostock  - Daniela Strakova  -  Carlsbad Symphony Orchestra
  6. Melancholic Songs of Love, Op. 38: No. 4, O, Bottomless Sea of Love  - Vitezslav Novák  - Douglas Bostock  - Daniela Strakova  -  Carlsbad Symphony Orchestra
  7. South Bohemian Motives, songs (5) for soprano & orchestra, Op. 77  - Vitezslav Novák  - Douglas Bostock  - Daniela Strakova  - Jan Carek  -  Carlsbad Symphony Orchestra

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