Czech Orchestral Songs

Czech Philharmonic, Magdalena Kozena

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Magdalena Kožená presents a recital of Czech Orchestral Songs, together with the Czech Philharmonic under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle. The first impression of Czech songs may be atmospheric nature scenes, or stories about pretty peasant girls and village pranks, but the selection on this album demonstrates that the imagination of Czech song composers stretched far wider.

For example, Bohuslav Martinů’s Nipponari were inspired by Japanese culture, whereas his folksy Songs on One Page obtain a deeper meaning knowing that he wrote them in the US, having fled the Nazi threat. His colleagues and contemporaries Hans Krása and Gideon Klein did not manage to get away, and both died in concentration camps.

Krása’s German-language Four Orchestral Songs show a fascination with nonsense verse typical of avant-garde circles in the early 1920s. Klein’s Lullaby can be traced back to Jewish folk songs, yet its musical realization displays an openness to French musical styles. And no Czech song recital would be complete without good old Antonín Dvořák, whose Evening Songs and Songs, Op. 2 are included.

Many of these works are best known with piano accompaniment, but are presented here in orchestrations. The Czech Philharmonic and Sir Simon Rattle marvelously bring out all the colors, while Kožená once more showcases her mastery in vernacular song.

Magdalena Kožená, Mezzo-Soprano
Czech Philharmonic
Sir Simon Rattle, Conductor

Tracklist

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1.
Nipponari - No. 1 Modra hodina (The Blue Hour)
01:57
2.
Nipponari - No. 2 Stari­ (Old Age)
04:01
3.
Nipponari - No. 3 Vzpominka (A Memory)
02:11
4.
Nipponari - No. 4 Prosneny zivot (Life in Dreams)
03:11
5.
Nipponari - No. 5 Stopy Ve Snehu (Footsteps in the Snow)
02:34
6.
Nipponari - No. 6 Pohled Nazpet (A Look Back)
03:52
7.
Nipponari - No. 7 U Posvatneho Jezera (By the Sacred Lake)
02:09
8.
Songs on one page - No. 1 Rosicka (Dew)
01:02
9.
Songs on one page - No. 2 Otevreni­ sloveckem (Unlocking with a single word)
00:34
10.
Songs on one page - No. 3 Cesta k mile (Journey to the Beloved)
01:39
11.
Songs on one page - No. 4 Chodnicek (The Footpath)
00:34
12.
Songs on one page - No. 5 U mamenky (At Home with Mother)
01:24
13.
Songs on one page - No. 6 Sen panny Marie (The Virgin Mary's Dream)
01:48
14.
Songs on one page - No. 7 Rozmaryn (Rosemary)
01:16
15.
Evening Songs Op. 31 B. 61 - No. 7 Kdyz jsem se dival do nebe (Visions of Heaven I Fondly Paint)
01:54
16.
Evening Songs Op. 9 B. 61 - No. 1 Umlklo stromu sumeni­ (The trees fell silent)
02:43
17.
Evening Songs Op. 3 B. 61 - No. 2 Mne zdalo se (I dreamt last night)
04:30
18.
Evening Songs Op. 3 B. 61 - No. 3 Ja jsem ten rytir (I am that knight)
01:55
19.
Evening Songs Op. 3 B. 61 - No. 4 Kdyz Buh byl nejvic rozkochan (When God was in a happy mood)
03:35
20.
Songs Op. 2 B. 123 - No. 2 O byl to krasny zlaty sen (Oh it was a lovely golden dream)
02:45
21.
Songs Op. 2 B. 123 - No. 6 Me srdce casto v bolesti (My heart often broods in pain)
03:34
22.
4 Orchestral Songs Op. 1 - No. 1 Geis und Schleiche
02:06
23.
4 Orchestral Songs Op. 1 - No. 2 Nein!
01:50
24.
4 Orchestral Songs Op. 1 - No. 3 Der Seufzer
02:37
25.
4 Orchestral Songs Op. 1 - No. 4 Galgenbruders Lied an Sophie die Henkersmaid
02:13
26.
Lullaby
03:09

Total time: 01:01:03

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PTC5187077

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Editing & Mastering

Jakub Hadraba

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Jakub Hadraba & Filip Beneš

Recording Location

Hall of the Rudolfinum, Prague, in November 2022 (Krása, Dvořák, Klein) and February 2023 (Martinů).

Release DateJune 7, 2024

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