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Testamentum
Jan Novak
Martinů Voices / Lukáš Vasilek

Testamentum

CD | Supraphon | 0099925415921 | SU 4159 | 06-14

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About the album

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 Martinů. 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 (Kachyňa, 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 Martinů 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 Martinů 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.
 

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Tracklisting
    • 1
      Testamentum
       
      09:02
      Composer: Jan Novak
    • 2
      Fugae Vergilianae
      Fuga I „Tityre“
       
      06:01
      Composer: Jan Novak
    • 3
      Fugae Vergilianae
      Fuga II „Fugit interea“
       
      03:47
      Composer: Jan Novak
    • 4
      Fugae Vergilianae
      Fuga III „Hic Mars“
       
      03:45
      Composer: Jan Novak
    • 5
      Fugae Vergilianae
      Fuga IV „Surgamus“
       
      06:05
      Composer: Jan Novak
    • 6
      Invitatio pastorum
      I. Antiphona „Hodie Christus natus est“
       
      01:39
      Composer: Jan Novak
    • 7
      Invitatio pastorum
      II. Angelus: Magnum vobis gaudium
       
      01:16
      Composer: Jan Novak
    • 8
      Invitatio pastorum
      III. Diabolus: Tu ne credas talibus
       
      00:43
      Composer: Jan Novak
    • 9
      Invitatio pastorum
      IV. Angelus: O pastores, quaerite
       
      01:15
      Composer: Jan Novak
    • 10
      Invitatio pastorum
      V. Diabolus: Simplex coetus, aspice
       
      00:42
      Composer: Jan Novak
    • 11
      Invitatio pastorum
      VI. Pastores: Num quis, frater, colligit
       
      00:47
      Composer: Jan Novak
    • 12
      Invitatio pastorum
      VII. Angelus: Cur non aures vertitis
       
      01:22
      Composer: Jan Novak
    • 13
      Invitatio pastorum
      VIII. Diabolus: O gens simplex
       
      00:43
      Composer: Jan Novak
    • 14
      Invitatio pastorum
      IX. Pastores: Audi, frater, iterum
       
      00:45
      Composer: Jan Novak
    • 15
      Invitatio pastorum
      X. Angeli: Gloria in excelsis Deo
       
      00:33
      Composer: Jan Novak
    • 16
      Invitatio pastorum
      XI. Pastores: Ad hanc vocem
       
      00:59
      Composer: Jan Novak
    • 17
      Invitatio pastorum
      XII. Hymnus „Adeste fideles“
       
      03:21
      Composer: Jan Novak
    • 18
      Exercitia mythologica
      I. Apollo
       
      01:29
      Composer: Jan Novak
    • 19
      Exercitia mythologica
      II. Orpheus
       
      02:24
      Composer: Jan Novak
    • 20
      Exercitia mythologica
      III. Erato
       
      01:48
      Composer: Jan Novak
    • 21
      Exercitia mythologica
      IV. Midas
       
      01:09
      Composer: Jan Novak
    • 22
      Exercitia mythologica
      V. Echo
       
      02:25
      Composer: Jan Novak
    • 23
      Exercitia mythologica
      VI. Minerva
       
      01:40
      Composer: Jan Novak
    • 24
      Exercitia mythologica
      VII. Tityrus
       
      02:08
      Composer: Jan Novak
    • 25
      Exercitia mythologica
      VIII. Terpsichore
       
      02:06
      Composer: Jan Novak
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