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In Reply to: RE: Lesser-known Composer Alert: New Novak Release on Naxos posted by firstname.lastname@example.org on April 14, 2017 at 08:15:19
Yes, fine music indeed. Novak was an accomplished composer, overshadowed by the popularity of Dvorak here in the U.S., but extremely popular as Dvorak's student and successor at home.
For a taste of the recording you refer to, there is a video of Falletta and the Buffalo band playing some of this fine tone poem on Vimeo here.
There are several other good recordings, including Ancerl and Pesek. My personal choice for this work is an excellent CD of Novak music played by the Czech Philharmonic, conducted by Karel Sejna. The CD I have also includes Novak's "Moravian-Slovak Suite," which is IMO even better than "In the Tatra Mountains." (The Tatra tone poem was also included on another CD, but coupled with music by Fibich.)
From the video clip, I have decided not ti buy the Falletta/Buffalo CD. The audio may be better, but I prefer the Czech orchestra's performance.
"Life without music is a mistake" (Nietzsche)
But I'm also glad to see Falleta and Buffalo tackling this music.
You can get lossless downloads of the Sejna very cheaply from Supraphonline. Get his Martinu Double Concerto!
Ugh, sorry the subject got munged.
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