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Pavel Novák

William Howard

24 Preludes & Fugues

  • Type CD
  • Label Champs Hill
  • UPC 5060212590176
  • Catalog number CHRCD 016
  • Release date 01 April 2011
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"I have no doubt that these 24 Preludes and Fugues are one of the finest piano works of our time..." - David Matthews

Novakʼs music is intensely spiritual, and is truly modern in that it adds something completely new to what has existed before. At the same time it is not overtly radical; it does not seek to destroy the existing order and replace it with something new. Novak retains strong links with tonality, but his tonality, with its frequent use of triads, sounds uniquely his.

The 24 Preludes and Fugues were written for the pianist William Howard over a 17-year period, and consequently reflect the evolution of Novakʼs musical language during this time. Many of them were premiered at the Dartington International Summer School.

This 75-minute work is divided into four ʻbooksʼ, the first two based on the Old Testament and the second two on the New Testament. Whereas the pieces in the first two books are distinct and individual, the cycle strives increasingly towards a unity of form as it develops, while at the same time revealing Novakʼs growing interest in unison and a consonance in his compositional language.

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    Book One (Old Testament): Prelude One. The Creation of Heaven and Earth
     
    02:17
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    Book One (Old Testament): Fugue One, The Creation of Man
     
    01:52
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    Book One (Old Testament): Prelude Two. The Age of the Patriarchs
     
    01:37
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    Book One (Old Testament): Fugue Two. Noah
     
    01:41
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    Book One (Old Testament): Prelude Three. The Flood
     
    01:22
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    Book One (Old Testament): Fugue Three. Noah's Ark
     
    02:14
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    Book One (Old Testament): Prelude Four. The Departure of Abraham
     
    00:57
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    Book One (Old Testament): Fugue Four. Abraham and Isaac
     
    00:47
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    Book One (Old Testament): Prelude Five. The Burning Bush
     
    03:02
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    Book One (Old Testament): Fugue Five. Moses
     
    01:04
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    Book One (Old Testament): Prelude Six. Saul and David
     
    01:47
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    Book One (Old Testament): Fugue Six. King David
     
    02:59
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    Book Two (Old Testament): Prelude Seven. Job
     
    00:43
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    Book Two (Old Testament): Fugue Seven. The Book of Proverbs
     
    01:09
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    Book Two (Old Testament): Prelude Eight. The Little Book of Psalms
     
    02:41
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    Book Two (Old Testament): Fugue Eight. The Little Book of Psalms
     
    03:59
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    Book Two (Old Testament): Prelude Nine. Ecclesiasticus
     
    02:37
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    Book Two (Old Testament): Fugue Nine. The Song of Songs
     
    01:01
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    Book Two (Old Testament): Prelude Ten. Elijah
     
    04:04
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    Book Two (Old Testament): Fugue Ten. Elisha
     
    02:39
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    Book Two (Old Testament): Prelude Eleven. The Lamentations of Jeremiah
     
    01:21
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    Book Two (Old Testament): Fugue Eleven. Jeremiah
     
    01:03
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    Book Two (Old Testament): Prelude Twelve. Isaiah
     
    01:57
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    Book Two (Old Testament): Fugue Twelve. Isaiah
     
    02:36
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    Book Three (New Testament) - 'The Word became flesh and dwelt among us': Prelude Thirteen
     
    01:46
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    Book Three (New Testament) - 'The Word became flesh and dwelt among us': Fugue Thirteen
     
    01:19
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    Book Three (New Testament) - 'The Word became flesh and dwelt among us': Prelude Fourteen
     
    02:14
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    Book Three (New Testament) - 'The Word became flesh and dwelt among us': Fugue Fourteen
     
    01:11
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    Book Three (New Testament) - 'The Word became flesh and dwelt among us': Prelude Fifteen
     
    01:15
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    Book Three (New Testament) - 'The Word became flesh and dwelt among us': Fugue Fifteen
     
    01:33
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    Book Three (New Testament) - 'The Word became flesh and dwelt among us': Prelude Sixteen
     
    01:54
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    Book Three (New Testament) - 'The Word became flesh and dwelt among us': Fugue Sixteen
     
    00:30
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    Book Three (New Testament) - 'The Word became flesh and dwelt among us': Prelude Seventeen
     
    00:56
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    Book Three (New Testament) - 'The Word became flesh and dwelt among us': Fugue Seventeen
     
    02:07
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    Book Three (New Testament) - 'The Word became flesh and dwelt among us': Prelude Eighteen. Aria, The Seven Last Words of Jesus Christ on the Cross
     
    02:19
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    Book Three (New Testament) - 'The Word became flesh and dwelt among us': Fugue Eighteen
     
    00:42
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    Book Four (New Testament) - Landscapes of the Lamb: Fugue Nineteen
     
    00:52
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    Book Four (New Testament) - Landscapes of the Lamb: Postlude Nineteen
     
    00:40
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    Book Four (New Testament) - Landscapes of the Lamb: Fugue Twenty
     
    00:50
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    Book Four (New Testament) - Landscapes of the Lamb: Postlude Twenty
     
    00:44
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    Book Four (New Testament) - Landscapes of the Lamb: Fugue Twenty One
     
    00:50
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    Book Four (New Testament) - Landscapes of the Lamb: Postlude Twenty One
     
    00:40
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    Book Four (New Testament) - Landscapes of the Lamb: Fugue Twenty Two
     
    00:55
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    Book Four (New Testament) - Landscapes of the Lamb: Postlude Twenty Two
     
    00:31
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    Book Four (New Testament) - Landscapes of the Lamb: Fugue Twenty Three
     
    00:27
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    Book Four (New Testament) - Landscapes of the Lamb: Postlude Twenty Three
     
    00:28
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    Book Four (New Testament) - Landscapes of the Lamb: Parellel Fugue and Postlude Twenty Four
     
    04:05

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