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Choral Works of Jan Novak: Testamentum; Fugae Vergilianae; Invitatio Pastorum; Exercitia Mythologica / Marinu Voices, Vasilek

Album Summary

>Novak, Jan : Testamentum
>Novak, Jan : Fugae Vergilianae, for chorus
>Novak, Jan : Invitatio Pastorum, cantata for 2 sopranos, 2 tenors, bass, chorus & flute
>Novak, Jan : Exercitia Mythologica
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Notes & Reviews:

Jan Novák's oeuvre has not received the attention it undoubtedly deserves. The composer himself considered "crucial and epochal" for his work the six months he spent in New York, during which time he took lessons from Bohuslav Martinu. Following his return home in 1948, he was expelled from the Czechoslovak Union of Composers owing to his openness and "commotions", yet he received commissions from leading film directors (Kachyna, Trnka, Zeman). In the wake of the invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968, Novák and his family stayed abroad and lived in exile in Germany, Denmark and Italy. Novák was a banned composer in his homeland. His music is noted for its lightness, elegance, humour and slight provocation, and, in addition to Martinu and jazz, was inspired by Latin, which he perfectly mastered, applied (almost exclusively) in his works and also used in everyday life. The remarkable young Martinu Voices ensemble presents Jan Novák's choral pieces, with two of them released on CD for the very first time. A special guest on the album is the composer's daughter Clara Nováková, for whom he wrote the flute part in Invitatio pastorum. Jan Novák's choral works - new worlds well worth discovering.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Domovina Studio, Prague (2013-02-??&2013-03-??&2013-).



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Works Details

>Novak, Jan : Testamentum
  • Performers: Petr Hernych (French Horn); Katerina Javurkova (French Horn); Martin Slavik; Martin Vacula; Zdenek Vasina (French Horn); Jan Voboril (French Horn)
  • Conductor: Lukás Vasilek
  • Ensemble: Martinu Voices
  • Notes: Domovina Studio, Prague (2013-02-??&2013-03-??&2013-)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Novak, Jan : Fugae Vergilianae, for chorus
  • Conductor: Lukás Vasilek
  • Notes: Domovina Studio, Prague (2013-02-??&2013-03-??&2013-)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1974

>Novak, Jan : Invitatio Pastorum, cantata for 2 sopranos, 2 tenors, bass, chorus & flute
  • Performer: Clara Novakova (Flute)
  • Conductor: Lukás Vasilek
  • Notes: Domovina Studio, Prague (2013-02-??&2013-03-??&2013-)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1971

>Novak, Jan : Exercitia Mythologica
  • Conductor: Lukás Vasilek
  • Notes: Domovina Studio, Prague (2013-02-??&2013-03-??&2013-)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern