VÍTĚZSLAV NOVÁK (1870-1949): Orchestral Works, Vol. 2 - 2 Wallachian Dances, Op. 34 (first recording), De profundis, Op. 67, Slovak Suite, Op. 32.
Catalogue Number: 06Y008
Description: Novák was one of the most important Czech composers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The Slovak Suite is one of his most popular works, evoking an eventful and romance-filled day in a Slovakian village. Recorded here for the first time since its rediscovery by producer Jiří Štilec, the Two Wallachian Dances further invoke Novák’s passion for folk music. De profundis was written during the dark days of the Second World War. It includes an important part for organ (which is why it’s not recorded very often and performed even less) which is unleashed with full force in one of the most triumphant conclusions in all of 20th-century music. Pavel Svoboda (organ), Janáček Philharmonic Ostrava; Marek Štilec.