Voyage: Martina Jankova Sings Dvorak, Strauss, Etc
Martina Janková - soprano, Gérard Wyss - piano
Antonín Dvořák – Biblical Songs, Op. 99; Love Songs, Op. 83; Richard Strauss – Mädchenblumen, Op. 22; Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky – The Nursery
The gracious young soprano Martina Janková has established a firm position amidst fierce international competition. Since 1998 she has been an Oper Zürich soloist and has featured in productions by conductors of such renown as Gardiner, Harnoncourt, Fedoseyev, Herreweghe, Rattle, etc. With Sir John Eliot Gardiner, she has recorded, among other things, Bach’s cantatas. Yet Martina Janková keeps returning to the emotionally rich realm of the song. “Voyage” is not merely a song recital. It is a journey from the child’s wonderment at the colourfulness of the world through amorous enthralment to self-knowledge and finally (in Dvořák’s Biblical Songs) also to that which transcends us. A voyage through life in images, where every word and every tone bears a meaning of its own. In the songs, Martina Janková lets personal stories revive and peers into the innermost corners of the soul.