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Vitezsláv Novak: In The Tatras; South Bohemian Suite; Eight Nocturnes / Daniela Strakova, soprano

Album Summary

>Novák, Vitezslav : V Tatrach, symphonic poem for orchestra, Op 26
>Novák, Vitezslav : South Bohemian Suite, for orchestra, Op. 64
>Novák, Vitezslav : Nocturnes (8), for voice & orchestra, Op. 39
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

MusicWeb International
So what is Novak's music like? He is a late romantic paralleling (for example) Szymanowski, Delius and Bax.... 'In the Tatras' is a superb tone poem of the highest hills, glorious sun-dazzling renewal and exalted mystery. The suite's first movement blends Delian luxuriance with Dvorak's naive romantic and sprightly nationalism . The Eight Nocturnes range from the glistening 'Stars in the Water' to the 'Night Journey' - full of dark and disruptive currents and the dreamy atmosphere of some Bohemian nightride and sunrise. 'Christchild's Lullaby' has the innocent wonder of Canteloube's Songs of Auvergne. This is the kind of song which would have a popular success if only it were featured on Classic FM or was taken up at an international singing competition. Utterly treasurable. Straková creamily floats the long vocal lines with an engaging sense of joyous discovery. Do get this disc, made a compulsive purchase by the song cycle.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Lazne III, Carlsbad, CA (01/1998).



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>Vitezslav Novák (1870 - 1949) : V Tatrách, symphonic poem for orchestra, Op 26
  • Conductor: Douglas Bostock
  • Ensemble: Carlsbad Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 17 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral

>Vitezslav Novák (1870 - 1949) : South Bohemian Suite, for orchestra, Op. 64
  • Conductor: Douglas Bostock
  • Running Time: 29 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Vitezslav Novák (1870 - 1949) : Nocturnes (8), for voice & orchestra, Op. 39
  • Performer: Daniela Strakova
  • Conductor: Douglas Bostock
  • Running Time: 28 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic