Janacek - The Diary of One Who Disappeared | Orfeo C989201

Janacek - The Diary of One Who Disappeared

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Label: Orfeo

Cat No: C989201

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 21st February 2020

Contents

Artists

Pavol Breslik (tenor)
Robert Pechanec (piano)
Ester Pavlu (mezzo-soprano)
Dominika Hanko (soprano)
Zuzana Marczelova (soprano)
Maria Kovacs (mezzo-soprano)

Works

Janacek, Leos

Folksongs (6) sung by Eva Gabel
Songs from Detva - Brigand Ballads
The Diary of one who Disappeared

Artists

Pavol Breslik (tenor)
Robert Pechanec (piano)
Ester Pavlu (mezzo-soprano)
Dominika Hanko (soprano)
Zuzana Marczelova (soprano)
Maria Kovacs (mezzo-soprano)

About

Leoš Janáček (1854–1928) composed the song cycle The Diary of One Who Disappeared at a time when many people already considered him on a par with the other two masters of Czech national music, Smetana and Dvořák. The inspiration for the autobiographical Diary came from a few enigmatic lines of poetry in two editions of the Lidové noviny (People’s Newspaper) published in May 1916.

Although this work is Janáček’s most important original song cycle, his keen interest in the folk songs and dances of his Moravian homeland resulted in a plethora of arrangements, making this music also accessible to the classical concert hall. These include the Six Folksongs sung by Eva Gabel (Šest národních písní jež zpívala Gabel Eva) and the Songs from Detva, Brigand Ballads (Písně detvanské, zbojnické balady). Quite unlike the songs of the Diary, which chiefly make reference to the Moravian dialect, the arrangements evince the typically ethnic-sounding music Janáček refined, so to speak, by adding to adaptations of the existing song lines a sophisticated piano part in the tradition of the great song compositions of the 19th century.

Having explored songs by Mozart and Schubert on previous acclaimed albums, Slovak tenor Pavol Breslik on his fourth album with ORFEO now presents songs by Czech composer Leoš Janáček.

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