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Jan Novak

Martinů Voices / Lukáš Vasilek

Testamentum

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  • Type CD
  • Label Supraphon
  • UPC 0099925415921
  • Catalog number SU 4159
  • Release date 20 June 14

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

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