Jan Novák: Orchestral Music, Volume One

The music of the Moravian composer Jan Novák (1921–84) – a natural successor to Bohuslav Martinů, with whom he briefly studied – is nothing less than life-enhancing: it has Martinů’s rhythmic charge and his unflagging energy. And although Novák had such difficulties with the authorities in Communist Czechoslovakia that he chose to emigrate, there is an infectious optimism, a joie de vivre, in these three works that is instantly communicative.

Alice Rajnohová, piano (Tracks 1–3)
Vilém Veverka, oboe (Tracks 4–6)
Lucie Schinzelová, piano duet – primo (Tracks 7–9)
Kristýna Znamenáčková, piano duet – secondo (Tracks 7-9)
Ensemble Opera Diversa
Gabriela Tardonová, conductor

Listen To This Recording:

    Concerto for Piano and String Orchestra (1949)*

  1. I Allegro sostenuto. Allegro con spirito
  2. II Andante pastorale
  3. III Allegro
  4. Concerto for Oboe and Chamber Orchestra (1952)*

  5. I Allegro
  6. II Andante sostenuto
  7. III Allegro
  8. Concentus biiugis for piano four hands and string orchestra (1977)

  9. I Allegro energico
  10. II Lento
  11. III Allegro

* FIRST RECORDINGS

This item will be released on 3 June 2022.
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Catalogue No: TOCC0551
EAN/UPC: 5060113445513
Release Date: 03.06.2022
Composer: Jan Novák
Artists: Alice Rajnohová, Ensemble Opera Diversa, Gabriela Tardonová, Kristýna Znamenáčková, Lucie Schinzelová, Vilém Veverka

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