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MARTINU: Songs for mezzo-soprano and piano

Composer(s)Martinu, Bohuslav
Artist(s) Cerna, Olga, mezzo-soprano • Cechova, Jitka, piano
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category InstrumentalOperaVocal
Catalogue 8.557494
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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Although Martinů is known for a number of significant choral works, including his oratorio The Epic of Gilgamesh [Naxos 8.555138], relatively little attention is given to his vocal music. Songs with piano, many of them still unpublished or only made available in print recently, make up a fair proportion of his output. This disc features a selection of songs written during the 1930s and early 1940s, a period in which Martinů moved away from French influences towards a musical language rooted in folklore from his native Bohemia and other areas of Central Europe. Several of the songs on this disc are world première recordings.

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MARTINU: Songs for mezzo-soprano and piano 53:42   
  2 Songs, H. 213b          
      Kvet broskvi (Peach Blossom) (text: Chan Yo Sun) 4:06       
      Automne malade (Sickly Autumn) (text: G. Apollinaire) 3:13       
  3 Songs to poems by G. Apollinaire, H. 197: Saltimbanques (Acrobats) 0:53       
  Vocalise-Etude, H. 188 1:10       
  2 Ballads to Folk Texts, H. 228          
      Putovali hudci (The Minstrels were Wandering) 2:53       
      Sirota (The Orphan) 3:38       
  4 Songs to Folk Texts collected by K.J. Erben, H. 282b          
      Konicky na ouhore (Ponies on the Fallow Field) 1:09       
      Ztraceny pantoflicek (The Lost Slipper) 0:43       
      Pisen nabozna (Religious Song) 2:36       
      Pozvani (Invitation) 1:12       
  2 Dances from the ballet Spalicek, H. 214c: II. Polka 2:13       
  Novy Spalicek (New Anthology), H. 288          
      Bohata mila (The Rich Sweetheart) 1:14       
      Opusteny mily (The Abandoned Lover) 1:31       
      Touha (Yearning) 0:58       
      Zvedave dievca (The Inquisitive Girl) 1:10       
      Vesele dievca (The Happy Girl) 0:26       
      Smutny mily (The Mournful Lover) 2:58       
      Prosba (Prayer) 1:32       
      Vysoka veza (The High Tower) 1:07       
  2 Dances from the ballet Spalicek, H. 214c: I. Waltz 6:05       
  3 Christmas Songs, H. 184b: Le poulet / Le petit chat          
      Le poulet (The Chicken) (text: T. de Gramont) 1:02       
      Le petit chat (The Little Cat) (text: attrib. L. Xanrof) 1:45       
  4 Children's Songs and Nursery Rhymes, H. 225          
      Pocitadlo (Counting Song) 0:19       
      Divoky holub (The Wild Dove) 0:23       
      Vlastovicka (The Little Swallow) 0:16       
      Detska hadanka (Children's Riddle) 0:19       
  Koleda milostna (Love Carol), H. 259 0:53       
  Prani mamince (A Wish for a Mother), H. 279b 1:16       
  The Miracles of Mary, H. 236: Narozeni Pane (Christ's Nativity) (arr. for voice and piano) 1:57       
  The Miracles of Mary, H. 236: Sestra Paskalina (Sister Pascalina) (arr. for voice and piano) 4:45       
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