Songs by A. Dvořák, R. Strauss, M. Mussorgsky and O. Schoeck
Antonín Dvořák - Biblical Songs, Op. 99; Love Songs, Op. 83; Richard Strauss - Mädchenblumen, Op. 22; Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky - The Nursery
Martina Janková - soprano, Gérard Wyss - piano
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 Jankovákeeps 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 worldthrough 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.
Martina Janková's "Voyage" - a journey into the mysteries of the soul and an invitation to an encounter.
“This is a particularly fine collection…[Jankova] has a wonderfully free, sweet upper range (she reaches up for high notes exquisitely, without a hint of strain or wobble). Her phrasing too is magically, richly flexible. In short, her vocal colouring is incredibly fresh and young-sounding…Those top notes are really something never to forget. A disc to treasure.“ Gramophone, September 2011