JAN NOVÁK (1921-1984): Fugae Vergilianae for Choir, Exercitia mythologica for Solo Voices and Choir, Invitatio pastorum for Solo Voices, Choir and Flute, Testamentum for Solo Voices, Choir and 4 Horns.
Catalogue Number: 08Q062
Reference: SU 4159-2
Description: Novák wrote Latin, spoke it, founded associations of like-minded enthusiasts, founded a choir to perform works in Latin... who knew? Here are four of his choral settings of Latin texts: a set of fugues to texts by Vergil of 1974, a dozen excerpts from (mostly) the Carmina burana (the Invitatio of 1971), eight portraits of mythological figures to his own texts (1968), and a satirical will and testament by a German fellow Latin enthusiast (Testamentum of 1966). Polyphony, wit, rhythmic and metrical sporting and a general atmosphere of elegance and sophistication mark everything here. Latin-English texts. Clara Nováková (flute), Jan Voboril, Petr Hernych, Katerina Javurková, Zdenek Vasina (horns), Martinu Voices; Lukás Vasilek.