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'On An Overgrown Path', Leos Janacek's 15 pieces-spanning piano cycle, is here presented in a reshaped guise, arranged for string orchestra and interpreted by the Camerata Zurich under lead violinist Igor Karsko's direction. This is the premiere recording of the orchestral adaption.

In this programme, Janacek's cycle is bookended by Josef Suk's Meditation on the Old Czech Chorale St. Wenceslas and Antonín Dvorak's Notturno pieces that are thematically connected to the folkloric elements found in Janacek's composition.

French writer Maja Brami wrote poems to accompany the new arrangement of On An Overgrown Path, and their recorded versions, spoken by the writer herself, are included on the album, contextualizing the cycle with inventive analogies to Janacek's life.

Much of the cycle 'On An Overgrown Path' - previously captured in its original design on the ECM New Series release 'A Recollection' by Andras Schiff - had originally been conceived for harmonium, a popular domestic instrument in Janacek's days, and was only later rearranged for piano, the instrument the remaining pieces were written for.

Ultimately divided into two volumes - referred to as 'books', - the first, comprising ten pieces, was published in 1911, and the second posthumously in 1942.

Moving seamlessly between subtle harmonic shifts, generous folkloric gestures and more sombre scenes from Janacek's past, the cycle's nuances are respectfully translated to strings on the recording, and the alternatingly light and dark themes that flare up across the 15 pieces turn into a compelling chiaroscuro.

LEOS JANACEK: ON AN OVERGROWN PATH

'On An Overgrown Path', Leos Janacek's 15 pieces-spanning piano cycle, is here presented in a reshaped guise, arranged for string orchestra and interpreted by the Camerata Zurich under lead violinist Igor Karsko's direction. This is the premiere recording of the orchestral adaption.

In this programme, Janacek's cycle is bookended by Josef Suk's Meditation on the Old Czech Chorale St. Wenceslas and Antonín Dvorak's Notturno pieces that are thematically connected to the folkloric elements found in Janacek's composition.

French writer Maja Brami wrote poems to accompany the new arrangement of On An Overgrown Path, and their recorded versions, spoken by the writer herself, are included on the album, contextualizing the cycle with inventive analogies to Janacek's life.

Much of the cycle 'On An Overgrown Path' - previously captured in its original design on the ECM New Series release 'A Recollection' by Andras Schiff - had originally been conceived for harmonium, a popular domestic instrument in Janacek's days, and was only later rearranged for piano, the instrument the remaining pieces were written for.

Ultimately divided into two volumes - referred to as 'books', - the first, comprising ten pieces, was published in 1911, and the second posthumously in 1942.

Moving seamlessly between subtle harmonic shifts, generous folkloric gestures and more sombre scenes from Janacek's past, the cycle's nuances are respectfully translated to strings on the recording, and the alternatingly light and dark themes that flare up across the 15 pieces turn into a compelling chiaroscuro.

LEOS JANACEK: ON AN OVERGROWN PATH

028948564323

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Format: CD
Label: ECM RECORDS
Rel. Date: 01/07/2022
UPC: 028948564323

Leos Janacek: On An Overgrown Path
Artist: Camerata Zurich / Karsko / Brami
Format: CD
New: Available $18.98
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DISC: 1

1. Suk: Meditation On The Old Czeck Chorale 'St. Wenceslas' OP. 35A Adagio, Ma Con Moto
2. Janacek: On An Overgrown Path Book 1 I. Our Evenings
3. II. A Blown-Away Leaf
4. III. Come With Us
5. IV. The Madonna Of Frydek
6. V. They Chattered Like Swallows
7. VI. Words Fail!
8. VII. Good Night!
9. VIII. Unutterable Anguish
10. IX. In Tears
11. X. The Barn Owl Has Not Flown Away!
12. Maia Brami: Sur Un Sentier Recouvert I. Il Etait Un Fois
13. II. Tiens! Une Feuille Morte
14. III. Nous Danserons
15. IV. Boum, Boum
16. V. Combien De Fois Depuis
17. VI. Les Ombres. C'est L'heure
18. VII. Cette Berceuse Du Fond
19. VIII. De Langues De Feu
20. IX. Je L'entends Qui Sanglote
21. X. Entends-tu Hibou
22. Janacek: On An Overgrown Path Book II I. Andante
23. II. Allegretto - Presto
24. Janacek: On An Overgrown Path, Paralimpomena I. Piu Mosso
25. II. Vivo
26. III. Allegro
27. Dvorak: Notturno In B Major Op. 40 Molto Adagio

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'On An Overgrown Path', Leos Janacek's 15 pieces-spanning piano cycle, is here presented in a reshaped guise, arranged for string orchestra and interpreted by the Camerata Zurich under lead violinist Igor Karsko's direction. This is the premiere recording of the orchestral adaption.

In this programme, Janacek's cycle is bookended by Josef Suk's Meditation on the Old Czech Chorale St. Wenceslas and Antonín Dvorak's Notturno pieces that are thematically connected to the folkloric elements found in Janacek's composition.

French writer Maja Brami wrote poems to accompany the new arrangement of On An Overgrown Path, and their recorded versions, spoken by the writer herself, are included on the album, contextualizing the cycle with inventive analogies to Janacek's life.

Much of the cycle 'On An Overgrown Path' - previously captured in its original design on the ECM New Series release 'A Recollection' by Andras Schiff - had originally been conceived for harmonium, a popular domestic instrument in Janacek's days, and was only later rearranged for piano, the instrument the remaining pieces were written for.

Ultimately divided into two volumes - referred to as 'books', - the first, comprising ten pieces, was published in 1911, and the second posthumously in 1942.

Moving seamlessly between subtle harmonic shifts, generous folkloric gestures and more sombre scenes from Janacek's past, the cycle's nuances are respectfully translated to strings on the recording, and the alternatingly light and dark themes that flare up across the 15 pieces turn into a compelling chiaroscuro.

LEOS JANACEK: ON AN OVERGROWN PATH

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