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Martinu: Songs, Vol. 1 - A Wreath Of Carnations / Wallingerova, Koukl

Audio Samples

>Martinu, Bohuslav : Simple Songs (6) for voice & piano, H. 110
>Martinu, Bohuslav : Lullabies (3) for voice & piano, H. 146bis
>Martinu, Bohuslav : Little Songs (2) in Folk Style, for voice & piano, H. 14
>Martinu, Bohuslav : Songs (2) on Russian Poetry, for voice & piano, H. 135bis
>Martinu, Bohuslav : Little Songs (4) to Goethe's Text, for voice & piano, H. 94 (last one lost)
>Martinu, Bohuslav : Komarova Svatba (The Gnat's Wedding), song for voice & piano, H. 75
>Martinu, Bohuslav : Children's Songs, for voice & piano, H. 146
>Martinu, Bohuslav : Mrtva laska (Dead Love), song for voice & piano, H. 44
>Martinu, Bohuslav : Ceske Hadanky (Czech Enigmas), for voice & piano, H. 277bis
>Martinu, Bohuslav : Songs (2) for voice & piano, H. 31
>Martinu, Bohuslav : Kracim, Kracim Mezi Vrchy (Treading the Highlands), song for voice & piano, H. 74bis
>Martinu, Bohuslav : Vecer (The Evening), song for voice & piano, H. 106
>Martinu, Bohuslav : Stesti to dost (Enough of Happiness), song for voice & piano, H. 81
>Martinu, Bohuslav : Slzy (Tears), song for voice & piano, H. 41
>Martinu, Bohuslav : Naladova kresba (Picture of a Mood), song for voice & piano, H. 29
>Martinu, Bohuslav : Pisen prvniho listopadu (Song of the First of November), song for voice & piano, H. 72
>Martinu, Bohuslav : Divci Sny (Maiden's Dreams), song for voice & piano, H. 22
>Martinu, Bohuslav : Az Budem Stari (When We Are Old), song for voice & piano, H. 10
>Martinu, Bohuslav : Nez se nadejes (Before You Know), song for voice & piano, H. 6
>Martinu, Bohuslav : Noc kazdou tebe, draha, zrim (I See You Every Night, My Dear), song for voice & piano, H. 57
>Martinu, Bohuslav : 3 Songs on French Text, H. 88
>     no 3. Night
>Martinu, Bohuslav : Konec Vsemu (The End of All), song for voice & piano, H. 43
>Martinu, Bohuslav : V noci (At Night), song for voice & piano, H. 30
>Martinu, Bohuslav : Stara pisen (An Old Song), for voice & piano, H. 74
>Martinu, Bohuslav : Pisen na Starospanelsky Text (A Song to an Old Spanish Text), for voice & piano, H. 87
>Martinu, Bohuslav : Pisen o Hubickach (Song of Kisses), for voice & piano. H. 27bis
>Martinu, Bohuslav : Vim hajicek pekny zeleny (I Know a Grove), song for voice & piano, H. 273

Album Summary

>Martinu, Bohuslav : Simple Songs (6) for voice & piano, H. 110
>Martinu, Bohuslav : Lullabies (3) for voice & piano, H. 146bis
>Martinu, Bohuslav : Little Songs (2) in Folk Style, for voice & piano, H. 14
>Martinu, Bohuslav : Songs (2) on Russian Poetry, for voice & piano, H. 135bis
>Martinu, Bohuslav : Little Songs (4) to Goethe's Text, for voice & piano, H. 94 (last one lost)
>Martinu, Bohuslav : Komarova Svatba (The Gnat's Wedding), song for voice & piano, H. 75
>Martinu, Bohuslav : Children's Songs, for voice & piano, H. 146
>Martinu, Bohuslav : Mrtva laska (Dead Love), song for voice & piano, H. 44
>Martinu, Bohuslav : Ceske Hadanky (Czech Enigmas), for voice & piano, H. 277bis
>Martinu, Bohuslav : Songs (2) for voice & piano, H. 31
>Martinu, Bohuslav : Kracim, Kracim Mezi Vrchy (Treading the Highlands), song for voice & piano, H. 74bis
>Martinu, Bohuslav : Vecer (The Evening), song for voice & piano, H. 106
>Martinu, Bohuslav : Stesti to dost (Enough of Happiness), song for voice & piano, H. 81
>Martinu, Bohuslav : Slzy (Tears), song for voice & piano, H. 41
>Martinu, Bohuslav : Naladova kresba (Picture of a Mood), song for voice & piano, H. 29
>Martinu, Bohuslav : Pisen prvniho listopadu (Song of the First of November), song for voice & piano, H. 72
>Martinu, Bohuslav : Divci Sny (Maiden's Dreams), song for voice & piano, H. 22
>Martinu, Bohuslav : Az Budem Stari (When We Are Old), song for voice & piano, H. 10
>Martinu, Bohuslav : Nez se nadejes (Before You Know), song for voice & piano, H. 6
>Martinu, Bohuslav : Noc kazdou tebe, draha, zrim (I See You Every Night, My Dear), song for voice & piano, H. 57
>Martinu, Bohuslav : 3 Songs on French Text, H. 88
>Martinu, Bohuslav : Konec Vsemu (The End of All), song for voice & piano, H. 43
>Martinu, Bohuslav : V noci (At Night), song for voice & piano, H. 30
>Martinu, Bohuslav : Stara pisen (An Old Song), for voice & piano, H. 74
>Martinu, Bohuslav : Pisen na Starospanelsky Text (A Song to an Old Spanish Text), for voice & piano, H. 87
>Martinu, Bohuslav : Pisen o Hubickach (Song of Kisses), for voice & piano. H. 27bis
>Martinu, Bohuslav : Vim hajicek pekny zeleny (I Know a Grove), song for voice & piano, H. 273
Performers Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Vocal music comprised around a quarter of Czech composer Bohuslav Martinu's extensive output, with no fewer than 27 songs dating from 1912 alone. While echoes of Brahms, Dvorak and Schubert may be heard, Martinu's own style emerges surprisingly early in his career. Young Czech mezzo-soprano Jana Wallingerová, praised for her 'full voice brimming with feeling', joins pianist Giorgio Koukl, whose Naxos recordings of Martinu's piano music have gained the highest praise.

Gramophone
All the items that have Halbreich numbers H81 or lower (except H74) date from the composer's earlier years, from 1910 to 1912, and the pair of songs H31 are quite lovely. The touching "Tears", the lighter "A Girl's Dreams" and the nostalgic "When we are both old" readily communicate without translation. Among the later Children's Songs, H146, the evocation of "The Christmas Tree" is particularly memorable. But the most unpredictably original item here is the sprightly (1939) Czech Riddles(based on folk texts), which constantly changes mood and tempo, followed by "bird talk", echoed by the piano and climaxing with a harsh crow call! All in all, this is a most rewarding disc, throwing new light on its composer. It is very well recorded, too.

Allmusic.com
... 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.

American Record Guide
Naxos offers good notes and a superb recording. No texts are supplied but they are available on the internet. This collection of early Martinu songs is an ideal start of the complete set at a bargain price.

MusicWeb International
Giorgio Koukl has already recorded a lot of Martinu for Naxos, including the piano concertos. One would expect his playing to be totally idiomatic, and so it is, and he also shows himself to be a most sensitive accompanist. Jana Wallingerová is a fine singer who manages beautifully to tone down a naturally large voice for such pieces as the 3 Children's Songs. One or two pieces elsewhere might benefit from rather less sophisticated delivery, but with a voice of this quality and singing of such intelligence one looks forward to hearing her in other repertoire, especially in longer works that will enable her to get into her stride. She strives hard to follow the rules when singing in a foreign language, and is quite successful, though her French, in particular, betrays her at times. The recording is superbly rich and lifelike, with an exemplary balance between voice and piano.

MusicWeb International
This is Czech mezzo-soprano Jana Wallingerovß's debut CD. She has an agreeable, flexible voice which she controls well. She sings the three Goethe-Lieder with a little bit of an accent, whereas her French is more wayward - an acute-accented 'T' here and there, for example, where none should be - though not disastrously so. She is naturally most comfortable in Czech, and although none of the songs is fiendishly difficult, Martinu's immense imagination keeps her, Koukl and listeners all on their toes with a constant supply of unexpected chords, leaps and other musical twists and turns - all of which and more can be sampled together in the amusing Czech Riddles, H.277bis.

ConcertoNet.com
Jana Wallingerovß sings impressively with a mastery of the music and authenticity of its origin. The Mezzo has a throaty, large sound that lacks some finesse and focus, but is always in tune and vibrant. Her most touching singing is in 2 Songs (H. 31) which are performed with striking sensitivity and beauty. Her diction in the French texts is not distinguished, with the German being a bit better. Giorgio Koukl is her brilliant accompanist providing Wallingerovß with support and a musically satisfying propulsion. The sound quality is excellent. While not being a particularly "live" recording, it has plenty of warmth and the piano/voice perspective is excellent.

While discs with smaller portions of Martinu's songs may be more appropriate for the merely curious, this disc will be satisfying and extremely important to the connoisseurs and academics who have never had a resource like this before. Martinu's songs are worthy of such treatment, and we are lucky to have them in such caring hands.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Koruni studio, Prague, Czech Republic (03/15/2010-03/17/2010).



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Works Details

>Martinu, Bohuslav : Simple Songs (6) for voice & piano, H. 110
  • Performers: Giorgio Koukl (Piano); Jana Wallingerova (Piano)
  • Notes: Koruni studio, Prague, Czech Republic (03/15/2010-03/17/2010)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1917

>Martinu, Bohuslav : Lullabies (3) for voice & piano, H. 146bis
  • Performers: Giorgio Koukl (Piano); Jana Wallingerova (Piano)
  • Notes: Koruni studio, Prague, Czech Republic (03/15/2010-03/17/2010)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1925

>Martinu, Bohuslav : Little Songs (2) in Folk Style, for voice & piano, H. 14
  • Performers: Giorgio Koukl (Piano); Jana Wallingerova (Piano)
  • Notes: Koruni studio, Prague, Czech Republic (03/15/2010-03/17/2010)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Martinu, Bohuslav : Songs (2) on Russian Poetry, for voice & piano, H. 135bis
  • Performers: Giorgio Koukl (Piano); Jana Wallingerova (Piano)
  • Notes: Koruni studio, Prague, Czech Republic (03/15/2010-03/17/2010)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1922

>Martinu, Bohuslav : Little Songs (4) to Goethe's Text, for voice & piano, H. 94 (last one lost)
  • Performers: Giorgio Koukl (Piano); Jana Wallingerova (Piano)
  • Notes: Koruni studio, Prague, Czech Republic (03/15/2010-03/17/2010)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1914-1915

>Martinu, Bohuslav : Komárova Svatba (The Gnat's Wedding), song for voice & piano, H. 75
  • Performers: Giorgio Koukl (Piano); Jana Wallingerova (Piano)
  • Notes: Koruni studio, Prague, Czech Republic (03/15/2010-03/17/2010)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1912

>Martinu, Bohuslav : Children's Songs, for voice & piano, H. 146
  • Performers: Giorgio Koukl (Piano); Jana Wallingerova (Piano)
  • Notes: Koruni studio, Prague, Czech Republic (03/15/2010-03/17/2010)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1925

>Martinu, Bohuslav : Mrtvá láska (Dead Love), song for voice & piano, H. 44
  • Performers: Giorgio Koukl (Piano); Jana Wallingerova (Piano)
  • Notes: Koruni studio, Prague, Czech Republic (03/15/2010-03/17/2010)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 01/20/1912

>Martinu, Bohuslav : Ceské Hádanky (Czech Enigmas), for voice & piano, H. 277bis
  • Performers: Giorgio Koukl (Piano); Jana Wallingerova (Piano)
  • Notes: Koruni studio, Prague, Czech Republic (03/15/2010-03/17/2010)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1939

>Martinu, Bohuslav : Songs (2) for voice & piano, H. 31
  • Performers: Giorgio Koukl (Piano); Jana Wallingerova (Piano)
  • Notes: Koruni studio, Prague, Czech Republic (03/15/2010-03/17/2010)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 02/10/1911

>Martinu, Bohuslav : Krácím, Krácím Mezi Vrchy (Treading the Highlands), song for voice & piano, H. 74bis
  • Performers: Giorgio Koukl (Piano); Jana Wallingerova (Piano)
  • Notes: Koruni studio, Prague, Czech Republic (03/15/2010-03/17/2010)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1912

>Martinu, Bohuslav : Vecer (The Evening), song for voice & piano, H. 106
  • Performers: Giorgio Koukl (Piano); Jana Wallingerova (Piano)
  • Notes: Koruni studio, Prague, Czech Republic (03/15/2010-03/17/2010)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1917

>Martinu, Bohuslav : Stestí to dost (Enough of Happiness), song for voice & piano, H. 81
  • Performers: Giorgio Koukl (Piano); Jana Wallingerova (Piano)
  • Notes: Koruni studio, Prague, Czech Republic (03/15/2010-03/17/2010)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 12/11/1912

>Martinu, Bohuslav : Slzy (Tears), song for voice & piano, H. 41
  • Performers: Giorgio Koukl (Piano); Jana Wallingerova (Piano)
  • Notes: Koruni studio, Prague, Czech Republic (03/15/2010-03/17/2010)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 12/24/1911

>Martinu, Bohuslav : Náladová kresba (Picture of a Mood), song for voice & piano, H. 29
  • Performers: Giorgio Koukl (Piano); Jana Wallingerova (Piano)
  • Notes: Koruni studio, Prague, Czech Republic (03/15/2010-03/17/2010)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 12/25/1910

>Martinu, Bohuslav : Písen prvního listopadu (Song of the First of November), song for voice & piano, H. 72
  • Performers: Giorgio Koukl (Piano); Jana Wallingerova (Piano)
  • Notes: Koruni studio, Prague, Czech Republic (03/15/2010-03/17/2010)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1912

>Martinu, Bohuslav : Dívcí Sny (Maiden's Dreams), song for voice & piano, H. 22
  • Performers: Giorgio Koukl (Piano); Jana Wallingerova (Piano)
  • Notes: Koruni studio, Prague, Czech Republic (03/15/2010-03/17/2010)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1910

>Martinu, Bohuslav : Az Budem Starí (When We Are Old), song for voice & piano, H. 10
  • Performers: Giorgio Koukl (Piano); Jana Wallingerova (Piano)
  • Notes: Koruni studio, Prague, Czech Republic (03/15/2010-03/17/2010)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1910

>Martinu, Bohuslav : Nez se nadejes (Before You Know), song for voice & piano, H. 6
  • Performers: Giorgio Koukl (Piano); Jana Wallingerova (Piano)
  • Notes: Koruni studio, Prague, Czech Republic (03/15/2010-03/17/2010)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 03/20/1910

>Martinu, Bohuslav : Noc kazdou tebe, drahá, zrím (I See You Every Night, My Dear), song for voice & piano, H. 57
  • Performers: Giorgio Koukl (Piano); Jana Wallingerova (Piano)
  • Notes: Koruni studio, Prague, Czech Republic (03/15/2010-03/17/2010)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 04/01/1912

>Martinu, Bohuslav : 3 Songs on French Text, H. 88 :: no 3. Night
  • Performers: Giorgio Koukl (Piano); Jana Wallingerova (Piano)
  • Notes: Koruni studio, Prague, Czech Republic (03/15/2010-03/17/2010)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1913

>Martinu, Bohuslav : Konec Vsemu (The End of All), song for voice & piano, H. 43
  • Performers: Giorgio Koukl (Piano); Jana Wallingerova (Piano)
  • Notes: Koruni studio, Prague, Czech Republic (03/15/2010-03/17/2010)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1912

>Martinu, Bohuslav : V noci (At Night), song for voice & piano, H. 30
  • Performers: Giorgio Koukl (Piano); Jana Wallingerova (Piano)
  • Notes: Koruni studio, Prague, Czech Republic (03/15/2010-03/17/2010)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 01/14/1911

>Martinu, Bohuslav : Stará písen (An Old Song), for voice & piano, H. 74
  • Performers: Giorgio Koukl (Piano); Jana Wallingerova (Piano)
  • Notes: Koruni studio, Prague, Czech Republic (03/15/2010-03/17/2010)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 08/28/1913

>Martinu, Bohuslav : Písen na Starospanelsky Text (A Song to an Old Spanish Text), for voice & piano, H. 87
  • Performers: Giorgio Koukl (Piano); Jana Wallingerova (Piano)
  • Notes: Koruni studio, Prague, Czech Republic (03/15/2010-03/17/2010)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1914

>Martinu, Bohuslav : Písen o Hubickách (Song of Kisses), for voice & piano. H. 27bis
  • Performers: Giorgio Koukl (Piano); Jana Wallingerova (Piano)
  • Notes: Koruni studio, Prague, Czech Republic (03/15/2010-03/17/2010)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Martinu, Bohuslav : Vím hájícek pekny zeleny (I Know a Grove), song for voice & piano, H. 273
  • Performers: Giorgio Koukl (Piano); Jana Wallingerova (Piano)
  • Notes: Koruni studio, Prague, Czech Republic (03/15/2010-03/17/2010)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 06/1939