VÍTĚZSLAV NOVÁK (1870-1949): Pan, Op. 43.
Catalogue Number: 05W050
Label: Piano Classics
Description: Composed in 1910, this work is marginally better known through the orchestration made by the composer two years later, but the great breadth, melodic richness and sumptuous harmonies of Pan still await discovery by all but the most devoted follower of Slavonic byways (a 1984 Supraphon and a 1997 Chandos are out of print). Novák composed the work at the height of his powers, presenting a pantheistic, spiritual autobiography in music, responding to the idea of the Greek god, and the myths associated with him, through highly colorful, evocative music. The forest stirs and murmurs in a manner reminiscent of Dvorak, but the sea also swells with Debussian waves of sonority and there are hints of Janacek in the cycle’s brooding second movement, ‘The Mountains’, which inhabits the mood of Novák’s more concise orchestral masterpiece, In the Tatras. Tobias Borsboom (piano).