“Surprisingly little known, the music of Vítězslav Novák reveals its composer as a master painter of atmosphere and landscape. Developed against the fertile background of Bohemian nationalism, the music is melodically rich, shimmering with orchestral color in full-blown romanticism.
In the Tatra Mountains presents a portrait that is timeless, mysterious and inscrutable. Eternal Longing, inspired by a poem of Hans Christian Andersen, is a luminous seascape that reflects the composer’s love of the music of Debussy. Lady Godiva Overture – a blustery and dramatic retelling of the ancient legend – celebrates the triumph of the goodness of Godiva and the love of the townspeople for their beautiful champion.”
Emerging from the fertile background of Bohemian nationalism, Vítězslav Novák’s music achieved cult status in his homeland for its richness of melody and full-blown romantic orchestral colour. The lush timbres and monumental solemnity of In the Tatra Mountains were inspired by the composer’s journeys in this magnificent region. Eternal Longing is based on a poem by Hans Christian Andersen, while the dramatic Lady Godiva Overture, complete with tolling bells at the finale, was written by Novák in two days and is considered one of his most powerful works.
Listen to an extract from Lady Godiva Overture
Listen to JoAnn Falletta in discussion
with Peter Hall about this release
Watch the video trailer for
JoAnn Falletta's 30th anniversary greeting for Naxos
About the Artists
JoAnn Falletta serves as music director of the Buffalo Philharmonic and Virginia Symphony, and is principal guest conductor of the Brevard Music Center. She has guest conducted many of the most prominent orchestras around the world, received twelve ASCAP awards, and served on the U.S. National Council on the Arts. Her Naxos recordings include the double GRAMMY® Award-winning disc of works by John Corigliano and GRAMMY® nominated discs of works by Tyberg, Dohnányi, Fuchs, Schubert, Respighi, Gershwin, Hailstork and Holst.
The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra is Buffalo’s leading cultural ambassador. Under JoAnn Falletta the orchestra has rekindled its distinguished history of radio broadcasts and recordings, including the release of 24 new albums of highly diverse repertoire. The Philharmonic’s Naxos recording of John Corigliano’s Mr. Tambourine Man (8.559331), featuring soprano Hila Plitmann, won GRAMMYs® in two categories of the three for which it was nominated – Classical Vocal Performance and Classical Contemporary Composition.
Acclaimed recordings by JoAnn Falletta and the Buffalo Philharmonic
“You need not hesitate with this charming confection drawn from Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos. The cohesion between the various pieces is persuasive, and the performance finds the gentle charm of the composer in his more companionable vein.”
– Classical CD Choice
“The Buffalo musicians seem to be thoroughly inside this music, and much of the credit must go to JoAnn Falletta, who brings out all the splendor and verve of Suk’s writing for orchestra.”
– Audiophile Audition ★★★★★
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