Wonderful, often angst-ridden music, (opening of Tatra); disarmingly beautiful tunes (Lady Godiva theme), and, well...more angst-ridden music, (Eternal Longing). Great music for walking through rainy streets without an umbrella after a breakup if you get my point. : )
When it comes to the B-listers, Novak, IMHO is one of the real deals. There's a little bit of Tchaikovsky, a little bit of R. Strauss, delivered with Dvorak's accent. A bit of Schrekernian drunken ecstasy in places as well, but without the miles of bluster. His music rarely lapses into a ramble, his harmonies are pungent in all the right places, and his narrative arcs are well-constructed and satisfying. Relatively concise, too; for a composer with Post-romantic leanings. In the end, Novak was his own man.
This will be my first JoAnne Falletta/Buffalo recording. My previous Novak was kindly produced by Virgin and Chandos, though the Chandos was marred by their signature glassy string sound of the time.
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Topic - Lesser-known Composer Alert: New Novak Release on Naxos - firstname.lastname@example.org 08:15:19 04/14/17 (5)
- Novak - Amphissa 19:51:56 04/15/17 (3)
- Another vote for the Šejna on Supraphon... - Daverz 18:00:43 04/16/17 (1)
- Wow - our server didn't mangle the haÄek in your subject line! [nt] ;-) - Chris from Lafayette 21:07:27 04/16/17 (0)
- Thanks. I"m not familiar enough with Novak to be picky, so I'll take my chances with Falleta. nt - email@example.com 21:48:56 04/15/17 (0)
- RE: Lesser-known Composer Alert: New Novak Release on Naxos - gussclarinet 12:52:14 04/14/17 (0)