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Czech Moravian & Slovak Duets
  • Label: Arcodiva
  • UPC: 8594029812109
  • Item #: 2215014X
  • Release Date: 11/1/2019
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Price: $15.80
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Czech Moravian & Slovak Duets on CD

This album is dedicated to Czech composers. The first is Antonin Dvorak, who wrote his Moravian Duets in 1875 and 1876. The original idea was to arrange folk melodies from the collection of Frantisek Susil, but Dvorak eventually decided to use just the folk texts, setting them to music by himself. The resulting work in a way marked the beginning of his worldwide recognition. Although the genre of duets for two women's voices and piano is well known today thanks chiefly to Dvorak, in it's time it was cultivated by other composers too. Among them by Dvorak's contemporary and friend Karel Bendl, whose "Dvanact dvojzpevu" (Twelve Duets) are settings of mostly lyrical texts by Vitezslav Halek from the collection "V prirode" (In Nature) and were probably written in the second half of the 1870s. The last cycle is The Slovak Duets by one of the most important contemporary Czech composers Sylvie Bodorova. Working with the rhythmic aspect of her music and layering her polyphony are typical features of her approach. She has also found inspiration in Roma, Jewish, and contemporary approach to folk (especially East European and Balkan) music, as well as other areas of the music of our time. The works here are sung by Hana Dobesova and Michaela Rozsa Ruzickova, accompanied by pianist Ladislava Vondrackova, and were recorded live at Martinu Hall, Academy of Performing Arts in Prague.

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