Martina Jankova : Recollections (haydn Songs)

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Catalog: SU4005
Format: CD

Martina Janakova (soprano)

Tracklisting: English Canzonets, lyrics by Anne Hunter (selection from Hob. XXVIa) 1 The Mermaid’s Song (No. 25) 2 Recollection (No. 26) 3 Despair (No. 28) 4 A Pastoral Song (No. 27) 5 Pleasing Pain (No. 29) 6 Fidelity (No. 30) 7 The Wanderer (No. 32) 8 O Tuneful Voice (No. 42) 9 The Spirit’s Song (No. 41) Songs by Various Poets (selection from Hob. XXVIa) 10 Eine sehr gewöhnliche Geschichte (No. 4) 11 Die Verlassene (No. 5) 12 An Thyrsis (No. 8) 13 Die Landlust (No. 10) 14 Liebeslied (No. 11) 15 Die zu späte Ankunft der Mutter (No. 12) Scottish and Welsh Folksongs for Voice, Violin, Cello and Piano (selection from Hob. XXXIa, b) 16 Blodau‘s Grug / The Flowers of the Heath (b, No. 30) 17 Tros y Garreg / Over the Stone (b, No. 17) 18 Up in the Morning Early (a, No. 28) 19 Eryri Wen / The White Mountains of Snowdon (b, No. 20) 20 Hob y deri danno / Away to the Oaken Grove (b, No. 16) 21 Will Ye Go to Flanders (a, No. 13) 22 The Lone Vale (a, No. 175) 23 Codiad yr Hedydd / The Rising of the Lark (b, No. 1) 24 Y Cymry Dedwydd / The Happy Cambrians (b, No. 32)

The charming young soprano Martina Janková has amid fierce international competition established a firm position within her category. Since 1998 she has been a soloist of the Zurich Opera, working with conductors of such renown as Gardiner, Harnoncourt, Fedoseyev, Herreweghe and Rattle. Under Gardiner, she has also participated in recordings of Bach's cantatas. Yet, as in the case of this album, she keeps returning to the song repertoire, which simply suits her voice perfectly. Her Haydn is unpretentious, yet she captures all the nuances of expression and colour amid the spectrum of moods of individual songs. The composer was very particular about the differentiation of the song's character according to their content, either when composing to poetic texts or arranging folk songs. The song collector Thompson designated Haydn as the only one who was able to create "a collection of all wonderful, both sad and merry, folk songs, none of which can be superficial or second-rate".

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