Janácek: Piano Works

Janácek: Piano Works
Composer Leoš Janácek
Artist Håkon Austbö piano
Format 2 CD
Cat. number 92295
EAN code 5028421922959
Release April 2004

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About this release

The year 2004 commemorates the 150th anniversary of the birth of Leos Janacek, one of Czech’s most famous and original composers.

Janacek’s music is highly personal, his language immediately recognizable: short, almost aphoristic motives form the basis of a highly dramatic discourse.

His piano works include the famous Piano Sonata (written after the death of a man during a worker’s demonstration), the highly attractive cycle “On an overgrown path” (short pieces of sometimes violent, sometimes painfully intimate emotions), the cycle “In the mist”, and series on Czech and Moravian folk melodies.

Norwegian pianist Hakon Austbö already recorded extensively for Brilliant Classics (Satie, Brahms Klavierstücke, Grieg Lyrische Stücke), and proves himself again a true master in the short form, completely identifying himself with the composer and his inner thoughts.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Sonata I.X.: I. Foreboding
  2. Sonata I.X.: II. Death
  3. On an Overgrown Path, Pt. 1: I. Our Evenings
  4. On an Overgrown Path, Pt. 1: II. A Blown Away Leaf
  5. On an Overgrown Path, Pt. 1: III. Come with Us!
  6. On an Overgrown Path, Pt. 1: IV. The Madonna of Frýdek
  7. On an Overgrown Path, Pt. 1: V. They Chattered Like Swallows
  8. On an Overgrown Path, Pt. 1: VI. Words Fail!
  9. On an Overgrown Path, Pt. 1: VII. Good Night!
  10. On an Overgrown Path, Pt. 1: VIII. Unutterable Anguish
  11. On an Overgrown Path, Pt. 1: IX. In Tears
  12. On an Overgrown Path, Pt. 1: X. The Barn Owl Has Not Flown Away!
  13. On an Overgrown Path, Pt. 2: I. Andante - Un poco piú mosso
  14. On an Overgrown Path, Pt. 2: II. Allegretto - Poco mosso
  15. On an Overgrown Path, Pt. 2: III. Vivo - Presto (Completed by H. Austbø)
  16. In the Mist: I. Andante - Poco mosso
  17. In the Mist: II. Molto adagio - Presto
  18. In the Mist: III. Andantino - Poco mosso
  19. In the Mist: IV. Presto - Meno mosso - Andante

Disk 2

  1. Tema con variazioni
  2. In Remembrance
  3. Ej, danaj!
  4. Music for Gymnastics
  5. To My Olga
  6. On an Overgrown Path, Two Rejected Pieces: I. Più mosso
  7. On an Overgrown Path, Two Rejected Pieces: II. Allegro
  8. Moravian Dances: Dymák - Starodávný - Valaška - Požehnaný - Pilky - Kalamajka - Trojky - Sekerecka - Kolo - Celadenský
  9. 6 Miniatures: I. Lord Jesus Christ Is Born
  10. 6 Miniatures: II. Moderato
  11. 6 Miniatures: III. Without Title
  12. 6 Miniatures: IV. Cradle Song
  13. 6 Miniatures: V. Melodie
  14. 6 Miniatures: VI. Palace of Malostranský
  15. Moravian Folksongs
  16. A Recollection
  17. Intimate Sketches: I. Merely blind fate?
  18. Intimate Sketches: II. So That One Could Never Return
  19. Intimate Sketches: III. The Golden Ring
  20. Intimate Sketches: IV. I Am Waiting for You!