Soirée – Magdalena Kozena & Friends

Release Date: 13-09-2019
PTC: 5186671
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Antonin Dvořák (arr. Duncan Ward): Selection of Songs

2) I. Má píseň zas mi láskou zní (My song resounds with love) 2:42
4) III. Mé srdce často (My heart is often in pain) 3:20
6) V. Když mne stará matka (When my mother taught me) 2:40
7) VI. Struna naladěna (The strings are tuned) 1:05

Johannes Brahms, Fünf Ophelia Lieder WoO 22

18) II. Sein Leichenhemd weiß wie Schnee zu sehn 0:30

Leoš Janáček: Říkadla (Nursery Rhymes)

22) I. Leze krtek podle meze (The mole creeps) 1:08
23) II. Karel do pekla zajel (Karel rode off to hell) 0:36
24) III. Franta rasůl hrálna basu (Franta Rasul playing bass) 1:03
25) IV. dĕlám, dĕlám kázání (Children, hear my sermon) 1:06
26) V. Hó, hó, krávy dó (Ho, ho, off the cows go) 1:03
27) VI. Kozabílá hrušky sbírá (The white goat’s picking up the pears) 0:40
29) VIII. Frantíku, Frantíku (Frantik, Frantik) 0:25
Total Tracks 30
Total Duration 01hr 12min

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Soirée captures the atmosphere of informal, domestic music making. Czech star mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kožená offers an intimate and highly personal collection of international songs together with an outstanding group of musical friends, including Sir Simon Rattle, who makes his recording debut as a pianist. The German lied is represented by Brahms (Two Songs, Op. 91 and Five Ophelia Songs, WoO 22) and Strauss (Morgen!), the French chanson by Chausson (Chanson perpétuelle) and Ravel (Chansons madécasses), and 20th-century avant-gardism with Stravinsky’s Three Songs from William Shakespeare. In between these explorations, Kožená revisits her musical roots with a selection of Dvořák songs, arranged by Duncan Ward, as well as Janáček’s Nursery Rhymes.

Soirée is the second release of Magdalena Kožená’s exclusive collaboration with PENTATONE, after having presented the baroque cantatas recital album Il giardino dei sospiri in 2019.

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