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Intimate Studies - Janácek, Haas, Martinu, Suk / Lada Valesová

Album Summary

>Janácek, Leos : In the mists (V Mlhach), pieces (4) for piano, JW 8/22
>Janácek, Leos : Intimate Sketches (Intimni Skici) (13), for piano
>Haas, Pavel : Suite for piano, Op. 13
>Haas, Pavel : Allegro moderato, for piano
>Martinu, Bohuslav : Film en Miniature, cycle of pieces (6) for piano, H. 148
>Martinu, Bohuslav : Jaro, for piano, H. 127ter
>Suk, Josef : Pieces (5) for piano Nos. 1-5 (complete), Op 22a "Spring"
Performer Composers

Notes & Reviews:

This is the innovative debut release from Czech pianist Lada Valesova, who has developed a fresh and intriguing program of works that link teachers and students during the early part of the 20th century. The CD features piano music composed by four of her native country's leading composers; however, of particular note are the rare collection of 11 tone poems and studies - some complete miniature works, some unfinished kernels of ideas - composed by Janacek at different stages of his life and collected for publication under the title Intimate Studies.

Gramophone Magazine
Fascinating juxtapositions of a familiar and unfamiliar Czech piano music. Avie's sound is excellent if a shade clinical. All in all, this is a thoroughly recommendable disc.

The Observer
The Czech Republic has produced some outstanding composers, thanks to a chain of remarkable teaching which has its origin in Dvorák. He encouraged Janácek, and looked on his son-in-law Suk as his favourite pupil; Suk taught Martinú and Janácek taught Haas. This extraordinary succession covers more than 100 years of musical development, charted here by pianist Lada Valesova, who contrasts celebrated cycles such as Janácek's In the Mist and Suk's Spring with obscure, delicious miniatures, played with an instinctive intelligence that only a Czech can bring to this beguiling repertoire.



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>Leos Janácek (Composer) (1854 - 1928) : In the mists (V Mlhách), pieces (4) for piano, JW 8/22
  • Performer: Lada Valesov (Piano)
  • Notes: St. George's, Brandon Hill, Bristol, England (04/27/2008-04/29/2008)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: by 04/21/1912

>Leos Janácek (Composer) (1854 - 1928) : Intimate Sketches (Intimní Skici) (13), for piano :: Palace of the 'Malá Strana' (the central district
  • Performer: Lada Valesov (Piano)
  • Notes: St. George's, Brandon Hill, Bristol, England (04/27/2008-04/29/2008)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Leos Janácek (Composer) (1854 - 1928) : Intimate Sketches (Intimní Skici) (13), for piano :: Without Title
  • Performer: Lada Valesov (Piano)
  • Notes: St. George's, Brandon Hill, Bristol, England (04/27/2008-04/29/2008)
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Leos Janácek (Composer) (1854 - 1928) : Intimate Sketches (Intimní Skici) (13), for piano :: Melody
  • Performer: Lada Valesov (Piano)
  • Notes: St. George's, Brandon Hill, Bristol, England (04/27/2008-04/29/2008)
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Leos Janácek (Composer) (1854 - 1928) : Intimate Sketches (Intimní Skici) (13), for piano :: Merely blind fate?
  • Performer: Lada Valesov (Piano)
  • Notes: St. George's, Brandon Hill, Bristol, England (04/27/2008-04/29/2008)
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Leos Janácek (Composer) (1854 - 1928) : Intimate Sketches (Intimní Skici) (13), for piano :: So that one could never return
  • Performer: Lada Valesov (Piano)
  • Notes: St. George's, Brandon Hill, Bristol, England (04/27/2008-04/29/2008)
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Leos Janácek (Composer) (1854 - 1928) : Intimate Sketches (Intimní Skici) (13), for piano :: Golden Ring
  • Performer: Lada Valesov (Piano)
  • Notes: St. George's, Brandon Hill, Bristol, England (04/27/2008-04/29/2008)
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Leos Janácek (Composer) (1854 - 1928) : Intimate Sketches (Intimní Skici) (13), for piano :: I am waiting for you!
  • Performer: Lada Valesov (Piano)
  • Notes: St. George's, Brandon Hill, Bristol, England (04/27/2008-04/29/2008)
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Leos Janácek (Composer) (1854 - 1928) : Intimate Sketches (Intimní Skici) (13), for piano :: In Remembrance
  • Performer: Lada Valesov (Piano)
  • Notes: St. George's, Brandon Hill, Bristol, England (04/27/2008-04/29/2008)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Leos Janácek (Composer) (1854 - 1928) : Intimate Sketches (Intimní Skici) (13), for piano :: To my Olga
  • Performer: Lada Valesov (Piano)
  • Notes: St. George's, Brandon Hill, Bristol, England (04/27/2008-04/29/2008)
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Leos Janácek (Composer) (1854 - 1928) : Intimate Sketches (Intimní Skici) (13), for piano :: Cradle Song
  • Performer: Lada Valesov (Piano)
  • Notes: St. George's, Brandon Hill, Bristol, England (04/27/2008-04/29/2008)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Leos Janácek (Composer) (1854 - 1928) : Intimate Sketches (Intimní Skici) (13), for piano :: Lord Jesus Christ is Born
  • Performer: Lada Valesov (Piano)
  • Notes: St. George's, Brandon Hill, Bristol, England (04/27/2008-04/29/2008)
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Haas, Pavel : Suite for piano, Op. 13
  • Performer: Lada Valesov (Piano)
  • Notes: St. George's, Brandon Hill, Bristol, England (04/27/2008-04/29/2008)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1935

>Haas, Pavel : Allegro moderato, for piano
  • Performer: Lada Valesov (Piano)
  • Notes: St. George's, Brandon Hill, Bristol, England (04/27/2008-04/29/2008)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Martinu, Bohuslav : Film en Miniature, cycle of pieces (6) for piano, H. 148
  • Performer: Lada Valesov (Piano)
  • Notes: St. George's, Brandon Hill, Bristol, England (04/27/2008-04/29/2008)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1925

>Martinu, Bohuslav : Jaro, for piano, H. 127ter
  • Performer: Lada Valesov (Piano)
  • Notes: St. George's, Brandon Hill, Bristol, England (04/27/2008-04/29/2008)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1921

>Suk, Josef : Pieces (5) for piano Nos. 1-5 (complete), Op 22a "Spring"
  • Performer: Lada Valesov (Piano)
  • Notes: St. George's, Brandon Hill, Bristol, England (04/27/2008-04/29/2008)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1902