JAN NOVÁK (1921-1984): Philharmonic Dances, BOHUSLAV MARTINŮ (1890-1959): Bouquet of Flowers for Soloists, Chorus, Children’s Chorus and Small Orchestra, H 260.

Catalogue Number: 01T047

Label: Supraphon

Reference: SU 4220-2

Format: CD

Price: $19.98

Description: Novák studied with Martinu when both were in the U.S. in 1947 and 1948 and the two remained close for the rest of Martinu’s life. The last orchestral work we had by Novák was a Capriccio for cello and orchestra back in 2009 and that was inspired by jazz. This set of three dances, lasting 19 minutes, dates from 1956 and, with its emphasis on rhythm and dance melodies, wit and playfulness in a neo-classical style, it could easily be mistaken for a work by Martinu. Martinu’s Bouquet is a 1937 setting of Bohemian folk texts in his later Parisian folk-oriented neo-classical style which is dramatic and cheerful by turn and whose richly colorful instrumentation is a delight. Czech-English texts. Kateřina Kněžíková (soprano), Michaela Kapustová (mezzo), Jaroslav Březina (tenor), Adam Plachetka (bass), Prague Philharmonic Choir, Prague Philharmonic Children’s Choir, Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra; Tomáš Netopil.

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