Jan Novák (1921–1984) - Concerto for Piano and String Orchestra / Koncert pro klavír a smyčcový orchestr (1949) 30:42
1. I. Allegro sostenuto. Allegro con spirito 10:04
2. II. Andante pastorale 8:21
3. III. Allegro 12:19
Jan Novák - Concerto for Oboe and Chamber Orchestra / Koncert pro hoboj a komorní orchestr (1952) 18:25
4. I. Allegro 5:07
5. II. Andante sostenuto 7:41
6. III. Allegro 5:37
Pod taktovkou Gabriely Tardonové nahrál Ensemble Opera Diversa v září a listopadu 2015 hobojový a klavírní koncert Jana Nováka (1921–1984) se sólisty Alicí Rajnohovou a Vilémem Veverkou. Dramaturgií tak soubor pokračuje v důsledném mapování ne zcela doceněného díla novoříšského rodáka a jednoho z nejvýznamnějších českých skladatelů 20. století. Jedná se o první CD ze zamýšlené řady, proto je také věnováno Novákovým raným dílům, jejichž dosavadní nahrávky nebyly veřejně přístupné. CD vychází za finanční podpory Ministerstva kultury, statutárního města Brna a programu Partnerství OSA.
JAN NOVÁK (1921, Nová Říše, Czechoslovakia – 1984, Neu Ulm, West Germany) belongs to the leading figures of the post-WWII generation of Czech composers who formed modern music of the late 20th century. His style merges several influences: Stravinsky’s Neoclassical style as mediated by Pavel Bořkovec (1894–1972) and especially by Bohuslav Martinů (1890–1959), with whom Novák studied in New York in 1947–1948; then contemporary popular music (jazz, swing); traditional Moravian folk music and more generally the Christian tradition of Nová Říše, where he grew up. Novák was renowned for his passion for Latin: he not only spoke Latin fluently but also wrote poems and translated into it. His vocal compositions work almost exclusively with Latin texts, with the exception of his early works in which he uses Russian, probably under the influence of the Jesuit grammar school he went to in Velehrad, which had strong Slavic leanings. Some of Novák’s instrumental works take inspiration in classical prosodic metres. Novák was a versatile composer, writing vocal and instrumental music as well as incidental music for theatre and film – such as the seventeen scores for the films of Karel Kachyňa, Karel Zeman, Jiří Brdečka, Jiří Trnka or Vojtěch Jasný. Novák’s most significant works are his ballets Svatební košile (The Wedding Shirt, 1954) and Aesopia (1981), the cantata Dido (1967), composed for the opening of the Classical Grammar School in Brno, the cantata Ignis pro Ioanne Palach (1969) or his opera Dulcitius (1974) on the medieval texts of Hrotsvitha of Gandersheim. Of great vitality are also his symphonies and string quartets. Due to his ongoing conflicts with the Communist regime, Novák decided to emigrate to Denmark in 1968, later moving to Italy and eventually to Germany, where he died. Only in 2010 were his remains ceremoniously transferred to the Central Cemetery of Brno.
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