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Ján Cikker (1911-1989): Piano Music / Jordana Palovicová, piano

Audio Samples

  1. Cikker — Lullaby $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Cikker — Piano Sonatina, Op. 12, No. 1: I. Allegro fresco $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Cikker — Piano Sonatina, Op. 12, No. 1: II. Andante sostenuto $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Cikker — Piano Sonatina, Op. 12, No. 1: III. Vivo $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Cikker — 2 Compositions for Youth, Op. 27: No. 2, The Little Virtuoso $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Cikker — Variations on a Slovak Folksong: I. Molto moderato, improvisando $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Cikker — Variations on a Slovak Folksong: II. Un poco più mosso, ma sempre moderato - $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Cikker — Variations on a Slovak Folksong: III. Con moto, corrente - $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Cikker — Variations on a Slovak Folksong: IV. Moderato - $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Cikker — Variations on a Slovak Folksong: V. Animando. Un poco con moto - $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Cikker — Variations on a Slovak Folksong: VI. Con moto moderato $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Cikker — Variations on a Slovak Folksong: VII. Un poco appassionato $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Cikker — Variations on a Slovak Folksong: VIII. Con moto moderato $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Cikker — 7 Fugues: Fuga I a 2 voci. Allegro vivo $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Cikker — 7 Fugues: Fuga III a 3 voci. Largo sostenuto $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Cikker — 7 Fugues: Fuga IV a 3 voci. Andante sostenuto $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Cikker — 7 Fugues: Fuga VI a 2 voci. Andante $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Cikker — Theme with Variations, Op. 14, No. 1: Thema. Rubato quasi parlando $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Cikker — Theme with Variations, Op. 14, No. 1: Variation 1, Più mosso $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Cikker — Theme with Variations, Op. 14, No. 1: Variation 2, — $0.99 on iTunes
  21. Cikker — Theme with Variations, Op. 14, No. 1: Variation 3, Allegretto grazioso $0.99 on iTunes
  22. Cikker — Theme with Variations, Op. 14, No. 1: Variation 4, Poco allegro - $0.99 on iTunes
  23. Cikker — Theme with Variations, Op. 14, No. 1: Variation 5, Allegro strepitoso - $0.99 on iTunes
  24. Cikker — Theme with Variations, Op. 14, No. 1: Variation 6, Largo sostenuto $0.99 on iTunes
  25. Cikker — Theme with Variations, Op. 14, No. 1: Variation 7, Allegro gaio $0.99 on iTunes
  26. Cikker — Theme with Variations, Op. 14, No. 1: Variation 8, Vivo $0.99 on iTunes
  27. Cikker — Theme with Variations, Op. 14, No. 1: Variation 9, Vivo - $0.99 on iTunes
  28. Cikker — Theme with Variations, Op. 14, No. 1: Variation 10, Molto moderato - $0.99 on iTunes
  29. Cikker — Theme with Variations, Op. 14, No. 1: Variation 11, Presto $0.99 on iTunes
  30. Cikker — Theme with Variations, Op. 14, No. 1: Variation 12, Rubato quasi parlando $0.99 on iTunes
  31. Cikker — What the Children Told Me: I. A Fairy Tale, Please $0.99 on iTunes
  32. Cikker — What the Children Told Me: II. Catch Me! $0.99 on iTunes
  33. Cikker — What the Children Told Me: III. Why Is the Snow Falling? $0.99 on iTunes
  34. Cikker — What the Children Told Me: IV. What Is a Forest? $0.99 on iTunes
  35. Cikker — What the Children Told Me: V. Dance with Me $0.99 on iTunes
  36. Cikker — What the Children Told Me: VI. Why Are You Crying? $0.99 on iTunes
  37. Cikker — What the Children Told Me: VII. Where Is the Brook Fowing? $0.99 on iTunes
  38. Cikker — What the Children Told Me: X. We Saw a Roe Deer $0.99 on iTunes
  39. Cikker — What the Children Told Me: XI. The Train Is Moving! $0.99 on iTunes
  40. Cikker — What the Children Told Me: XII. Why Is the Sky Blue? $0.99 on iTunes
  41. Cikker — What the Children Told Me: XIII. I Let a Butterfly Go $0.99 on iTunes
  42. Cikker — What the Children Told Me: XIV. Must Everybody Die? $0.99 on iTunes
  43. Cikker — Tatra Streams: No. 1, The Brook and the Breeze $0.99 on iTunes
  44. Cikker — Tatra Streams: No. 2, What the Brook Told Me $0.99 on iTunes
  45. Cikker — Tatra Streams: No. 3, The Brook and the Storm $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Cikker, Ján : Lullaby, for piano
>Cikker, Ján : Sonatina for piano, Op. 12/1
>Cikker, Ján : Compositions for Youth (2), for piano, Op. 27
>Cikker, Ján : Variations on a Slovak Folksong for large orchestra
>Cikker, Ján : Fugues (7), for piano
>Cikker, Ján : Theme with Variations, for piano, Op. 14/1
>Cikker, Ján : What the Children Told Me
>Cikker, Ján : Tatra Brooks
Performer Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Ján Cikker (1911 - 89) was one of the leading 20th c. Slovak composers, credited with no fewer than nine operas. This disc features several first recordings of his piano music, of which little is known even in his native Slovakia. The music sits downstream from Szymanowski and Janácek, like them blending folk influences with French impressionism echoes. As also with Szymanowski, some of the pieces evoke the composer's fondness for the Tatras, the mountainous borderland between Poland and Slovakia.

American Record Guide, January/February 2015
The disc is packed full (49 tracks) with a huge variety of music written over a period of 40 years (1933-73). There are eight main works, half of them first recordings. The stylistic influences on Cikker are an amalgam of Europeans from Chopin and Liszt to Debussy, Ravel, Scriabin, and Bartok. The opening Lullaby immediately brings to mind Chopin's Berceuse. There is a sonatina and two large sets of variations that account for over 30 minutes of the music here, and they give Palovicova ample opportunity to display her considerable pianistic and interpretive talents. The 15- movement What the Children Told Me: Piano Aquarelles is of a quality to be placed in a group with Schumann's masterpieces. Cikker's music deserves to be better known outside of his homeland. He fits in well with other Czech ancestors as well: Dvorak, Smetana, Suk, and Martinu all come to mind. This is a must for adventuresome listeners looking for almost unknown, high quality piano music from the 20th Century.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Fatra House of Art, Zilina, Slovakia (2011-07-23&2011-10-31&2011-).



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Works Details

>Cikker, Ján : Lullaby, for piano
  • Performer: Jordana Palovicova (Piano)
  • Notes: Fatra House of Art, Zilina, Slovakia (2011-07-23&2011-10-31&2011-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1942

>Cikker, Ján : Sonatina for piano, Op. 12/1
  • Performer: Jordana Palovicova (Piano)
  • Notes: Fatra House of Art, Zilina, Slovakia (2011-07-23&2011-10-31&2011-)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1933

>Cikker, Ján : Compositions for Youth (2), for piano, Op. 27
  • Performer: Jordana Palovicova (Piano)
  • Notes: Fatra House of Art, Zilina, Slovakia (2011-07-23&2011-10-31&2011-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1948

>Cikker, Ján : Variations on a Slovak Folksong for large orchestra
  • Performer: Jordana Palovicova (Piano)
  • Notes: Fatra House of Art, Zilina, Slovakia (2011-07-23&2011-10-31&2011-)
  • Period Time: Modern

>Cikker, Ján : Fugues (7), for piano
  • Performer: Jordana Palovicova (Piano)
  • Notes: Fatra House of Art, Zilina, Slovakia (2011-07-23&2011-10-31&2011-)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1932-1934

>Cikker, Ján : Theme with Variations, for piano, Op. 14/1
  • Performer: Jordana Palovicova (Piano)
  • Notes: Fatra House of Art, Zilina, Slovakia (2011-07-23&2011-10-31&2011-)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1935

>Cikker, Ján : What the Children Told Me :: Piano Aquarelles (15), for piano
  • Performer: Jordana Palovicova (Piano)
  • Notes: Fatra House of Art, Zilina, Slovakia (2011-07-23&2011-10-31&2011-)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1962

>Cikker, Ján : Tatra Brooks :: 3 Studies for piano
  • Performer: Jordana Palovicova (Piano)
  • Notes: Fatra House of Art, Zilina, Slovakia (2011-07-23&2011-10-31&2011-)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1954