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Mater - Vladimir Godár: Stabat Mater, etc / Stryncl, Bittová

Album Summary

>Godár, Vladimír : Maykomashmalon der regen
>Godár, Vladimír : Magnificat
>Godár, Vladimír : Lullabies (4) for Alto/Bass and Strings
>Godár, Vladimír : Ecce puer
>Godár, Vladimír : Stabat Mater
>Godár, Vladimír : Regina coeli
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

"For Vladimir Godar, Iva Bittova is something of a muse. Once, when she asked him why he wanted to work with her so often, he replied: "You sing cleanly, understandably, and you have that certain emotion." Quite. Hers is a riveting presence in an arresting, haunting collection." -Gramophone (Editor's Choice)

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
To say that Vladímir Godár is a typical ECM discovery is certainly not to diminish either him or ECM. This Slovak composer uses a vocabulary in the works recorded here that will inevitably recall Górecki, and also at times Pärt and Tavener, though the music's emotional intensity, the particular way in which repetition is used and the use of certain sonorities and chords, relate much more to the Polish composer than the other two, very noticeably in the Stabat mater; aficionados of these composers will certainly enjoy what is recorded here. But though the music may recall them, it does not sound like any of them for any length of time: Godár has his own way of saying what he wants to say, which is, for him, intimately connected with what he calls 'musical archaeology', specifically Slovak culture, musical, literary and religious.

Thus there are works that draw upon Slovak translations of the Magnificat and Stabat mater, traditional lullabies, a Latin Regina coeli and, rather oddly, a single poem by James Joyce.

The Magnificat is based very simply on the immediately recognisable first tone, for solo voice and dark string underpinning, but is interrupted by massive choral interjections of the word 'Magnificat' at its climax - a simple but effective device. There are conscious references to the Baroque at various points but folk monody - the archetypal lullaby of the mother - is what really holds all this material together.

Godár's transparent but strong style is greatly helped in this by the powerfully raw voice of the amazing Iva Bittová, but also by the precision of Solamente Naturali and the Bratislava choir.

BBC Radio 3
It's as if Janácek, Górecki and Monteverdi have settled on a universal language. A wonderful listen



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Works Details

>Godár, Vladimír : Maykomashmalon der regen
  • Performers: Iva Bittova (Voice); Juraj Kovac (Viola da gamba); Milos Valent (Viola)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 2005
  • Language: Yiddish
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Godár, Vladimír : Magnificat
  • Performers: Iva Bittova (Voice); Juraj Kovac (Viola da gamba); Peter Sesták (Viola); Peter Spissky (Violin); Mária Trevor-Dúhová (Harp); Milos Valent (Viola)
  • Conductor: Marek Stryncl
  • Ensemble: Bratislava Conservatory Choir
  • Running Time: 9 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 2003
  • Language: Slovak
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Godár, Vladimír : Lullabies (4) for Alto/Bass and Strings
  • Performers: Iva Bittova (Voice); Juraj Kovac (Viola da gamba); Peter Sesták (Viola); Peter Spissky (Violin); Milos Valent (Viola); Peter Vrbincik (Viola)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 2002
  • Language: Slovak
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Godár, Vladimír : Ecce puer
  • Performers: Iva Bittova (Voice); Peter Gulas (Harpsichord); Tibor Nagy (Double Bass); Luboslav Nedorost (Violin); Peter Spissky (Violin); Mária Trevor-Dúhová (Harp); Premysal Vacek (Chitarrone); Milos Valent (Viola)
  • Conductor: Marek Stryncl
  • Ensemble: Solamente Naturali
  • Running Time: 6 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1997
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Godár, Vladimír : Stabat Mater
  • Performers: Iva Bittova (Voice); Peter Gulas (Harpsichord); Mária Trevor-Dúhová (Harp); Premysal Vacek (Chitarrone); Milos Valent (Viola)
  • Conductor: Marek Stryncl
  • Ensemble: Solamente Naturali
  • Running Time: 19 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 2001
  • Language: Slovak
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Godár, Vladimír : Regina coeli
  • Performers: Iva Bittova (Voice); Peter Gulas (Harpsichord); Premysal Vacek (Chitarrone); Milos Valent (Viola)
  • Conductor: Marek Stryncl
  • Ensemble: Bratislava Conservatory Choir
  • Running Time: 5 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 2003
  • Language: Latin
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Godár, Vladimír : Maykomashmalon der regen
  • Performers: Iva Bittova (Voice); Juraj Kovac (Viola da gamba); Milos Valent (Viola)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 2005
  • Language: Yiddish
  • Studio/Live: Studio