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Soirée: Magdalena Ko?ená & Friends ()

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composed by Antonin Dvorák, Ernest Chausson, Igor Stravinsky, Johannes Brahms, Leos Janácek, Maurice Ravel, Richard Strauss

The publicity for this Magdalena Ko?ená release just about writes itself: the Soirée of the title is a session of putative domestic music-making, featuring not only Ko?ená but her husband, Sir Simon Rattle, on the piano, plus a string quartet and other instruments that come together into various groups. Much of the music is presented as written, but sets by Dvorák and Brahms (the not-terribly-common Five Ophelia Lieder, WoO 22) are arranged for small ensemble. The concept seems a bit strained: Stravinsky's 12-tone Three ...

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  1. Chanson perpétuelle, for soprano & orchestra (or piano quintet), Op. 37
  2. Gypsy Melodies (7) (Zigeunermelodien) for voice & piano, B. 104 (Op. 55): Má písen zas mi láskou zní (My song resounds with love)
  3. Gypsy Melodies (7) (Zigeunermelodien) for voice & piano, B. 104 (Op. 55): ?irokými rukávy (Wide sleeves)
  4. Downcast am I (Mé srdce casto v bolesti), song for voice & piano, B. 11/11 (Cypresses)
  5. When a maid was a-mowing (Zalo dievca, zalo trávu) song for voice & piano, B. 146/2 (Op. 73/2) (In Folk Tone)
  6. Gypsy Melodies (7) (Zigeunermelodien) for voice & piano, B. 104 (Op. 55): Kdy? mne stará matka (When my mother taught me)
  7. Gypsy Melodies (7) (Zigeunermelodien) for voice & piano, B. 104 (Op. 55): Struna naladena (The strings are tuned)
  8. Good night, my darling (Dobrú noc, má mila), song for voice & piano, B. 146/1 (Op. 73/1) (In Folk Tone)
  9. Songs (2) for alto, viola & piano, Op. 91
  10. Songs (3) from William Shakespeare, for voice, flute, clarinet & viola
  11. Chansons madécasses, song cycle for soprano, flute, cello & piano, M. 78
  12. Songs (5) of Ophelia, for voice & piano, WoO posth. 22
  13. Ríkadla (Nursery Rhymes) (18) for 9 voices & 10 instruments, JW 5/17: Leze krtek podle meze (The mole creeps)
  14. Ríkadla (Nursery Rhymes) (18) for 9 voices & 10 instruments, JW 5/17: Karel do pekla zajel (Karel rode off to hell)
  15. Ríkadla (Nursery Rhymes) (18) for 9 voices & 10 instruments, JW 5/17: Franta rasul hrálna basu (Franta Rusal playing bass)
  16. Ríkadla (Nursery Rhymes) (18) for 9 voices & 10 instruments, JW 5/17: Delám, delám kázání (Children, hear my sermon)
  17. Ríkadla (Nursery Rhymes) (18) for 9 voices & 10 instruments, JW 5/17: Hó, hó, krávy dó (Ho, ho, off the cows go)
  18. Ríkadla (Nursery Rhymes) (18) for 9 voices & 10 instruments, JW 5/17: Kozabílá hru?ky sbírá (The white goat's picking up the pears)
  19. Ríkadla (Nursery Rhymes) (18) for 9 voices & 10 instruments, JW 5/17: Va?ek, pa?ek (Vacek, scallywag)
  20. Ríkadla (Nursery Rhymes) (18) for 9 voices & 10 instruments, JW 5/17: Frantíku, Frantíku (Frantik, Frantik)
  21. Morgen ("Und morgen wird die Sonne wieder scheinen"), song for voice & piano (or orchestra), Op. 27/4 (TrV 170/4)
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Soirée: Magdalena Ko?ená & Friends
2019, PentaTone Classics

UPC: 827949067167

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