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Jan Novak

Martinů Voices / Lukáš Vasilek

Testamentum

  • Type CD
  • Label Supraphon
  • UPC 0099925415921
  • Catalog number SU 4159
  • Release date 20 June 2014
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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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    Testamentum
     
    09:02
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    Fugae Vergilianae Fuga I „Tityre“
     
    06:01
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    Fugae Vergilianae Fuga II „Fugit interea“
     
    03:47
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    Fugae Vergilianae Fuga III „Hic Mars“
     
    03:45
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    Fugae Vergilianae Fuga IV „Surgamus“
     
    06:05
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    Invitatio pastorum I. Antiphona „Hodie Christus natus est“
     
    01:39
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    Invitatio pastorum II. Angelus: Magnum vobis gaudium
     
    01:16
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    Invitatio pastorum III. Diabolus: Tu ne credas talibus
     
    00:43
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    Invitatio pastorum IV. Angelus: O pastores, quaerite
     
    01:15
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    Invitatio pastorum V. Diabolus: Simplex coetus, aspice
     
    00:42
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    Invitatio pastorum VI. Pastores: Num quis, frater, colligit
     
    00:47
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    Invitatio pastorum VII. Angelus: Cur non aures vertitis
     
    01:22
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    Invitatio pastorum VIII. Diabolus: O gens simplex
     
    00:43
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    Invitatio pastorum IX. Pastores: Audi, frater, iterum
     
    00:45
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    Invitatio pastorum X. Angeli: Gloria in excelsis Deo
     
    00:33
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    Invitatio pastorum XI. Pastores: Ad hanc vocem
     
    00:59
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    Invitatio pastorum XII. Hymnus „Adeste fideles“
     
    03:21
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    Exercitia mythologica I. Apollo
     
    01:29
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    Exercitia mythologica II. Orpheus
     
    02:24
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    Exercitia mythologica III. Erato
     
    01:48
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    Exercitia mythologica IV. Midas
     
    01:09
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    Exercitia mythologica V. Echo
     
    02:25
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    Exercitia mythologica VI. Minerva
     
    01:40
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    Exercitia mythologica VII. Tityrus
     
    02:08
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    Exercitia mythologica VIII. Terpsichore
     
    02:06

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