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MARTINU: Songs for mezzo-soprano and piano

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 Songs with piano, many of them still unpublished or only made available in print recently, make up a fair proportion of his output.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.


Martinů, Bohuslav
Apollinaire, Guillaume / Chan, Yo Sun, lyricist(s)

  2 Songs, H. 213b
1.   Kvet broskvi (Peach Blossom) (text: Chan Yo Sun) 00:04:06
2.   Automne malade (Sickly Autumn) (text: G. Apollinaire) 00:03:13

Martinů, Bohuslav
Apollinaire, Guillaume, lyricist(s)

  3 Songs to poems by G. Apollinaire, H. 197: Saltimbanques (Acrobats)
3.   3 Songs to poems by G. Apollinaire, H. 197: Saltimbanques (Acrobats) 00:00:53

Martinů, Bohuslav

  Vocalise-Etude, H. 188
4.   Vocalise - Etude, H. 188 00:01:10

Martinů, Bohuslav
Traditional, lyricist(s)

  2 Ballads to Folk Texts, H. 228
5.   Putovali hudci (The Minstrels were Wandering) 00:02:53
6.   Sirota (The Orphan) 00:03:38
  4 Songs to Folk Texts collected by K.J. Erben, H. 282b
7.   Konicky na ouhore (Ponies on the Fallow Field) 00:01:09
8.   Ztraceny pantoflicek (The Lost Slipper) 00:00:43
9.   Pisen nabozna (Religious Song) 00:02:36
10.   Pozvani (Invitation) 00:01:12

Martinů, Bohuslav

  2 Dances from the ballet Spalicek, H. 214c: II. Polka
11.   2 Dances from the ballet Spalicek, H. 214c: II. Polka 00:02:13

Martinů, Bohuslav
Traditional, lyricist(s)

  Novy Spalicek (New Anthology), H. 288
12.   Bohata mila (The Rich Sweetheart) 00:01:14
13.   Opusteny mily (The Abandoned Lover) 00:01:31
14.   Touha (Yearning) 00:00:58
15.   Zvedave dievca (The Inquisitive Girl) 00:01:10
16.   Vesele dievca (The Happy Girl) 00:00:26
17.   Smutny mily (The Mournful Lover) 00:02:58
18.   Prosba (Prayer) 00:01:32
19.   Vysoka veza (The High Tower) 00:01:07

Martinů, Bohuslav

  2 Dances from the ballet Spalicek, H. 214c: I. Waltz
20.   2 Dances from the ballet Spalicek, H. 214c: I. Waltz 00:06:05

Martinů, Bohuslav
Xanrof, Leon / Gramont, T. de, lyricist(s)

  3 Christmas Songs, H. 184b: Le poulet / Le petit chat
21.   Le poulet (The Chicken) (text: T. de Gramont) 00:01:02
22.   Le petit chat (The Little Cat) (text: attrib. L. Xanrof) 00:01:45

Martinů, Bohuslav
Erben, Karel Jaromir, lyricist(s)

  4 Children's Songs and Nursery Rhymes, H. 225
23.   Pocitadlo (Counting Song) 00:00:19
24.   Divoky holub (The Wild Dove) 00:00:23
25.   Vlastovicka (The Little Swallow) 00:00:16
26.   Detska hadanka (Children's Riddle) 00:00:19

Martinů, Bohuslav
Traditional, lyricist(s)

  Koleda milostna (Love Carol), H. 259
27.   Koleda milostna (Love Carol), H. 259 00:00:53

Martinů, Bohuslav
Mucha, Jiri, lyricist(s)

  Prani mamince (A Wish for a Mother), H. 279b
28.   Prani mamince (A Wish for a Mother), H. 279b 00:01:16

Martinů, Bohuslav
Traditional, lyricist(s)

  The Miracles of Mary, H. 236: Narozeni Pane (Christ's Nativity) (arr. for voice and piano)
29.   The Miracles of Mary, H. 236: Narozeni Pane (Christ's Nativity) (arr. for voice and piano) 00:01:57
30.   The Miracles of Mary, H. 236: Sestra Paskalina (Sister Pascalina) (arr. for voice and piano) 00:04:45

Total Playing Time: 00:53:42






Composer(s):
Martinů, Bohuslav

Lyricist(s):
Apollinaire, Guillaume; Chan, Yo Sun; Erben, Karel Jaromir; Gramont, T. de; Mucha, Jiri; Traditional; Xanrof, Leon

Artist(s):
Cechova, Jitka; Cerna, Olga

Label: Naxos

Genre: Instrumental; Opera; Vocal

Period: 20th Century

Catalogue No: 8.557494

Barcode: 747313249428

Physical Release: 10/2005

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