On an Overgrown Path

1st Series - The Frýdek Madonna. Grave

  • Recorded: 2nd February 2019
  • Record Place: Martinů Hall, Academy of Performing Arts
  • First Release: 2019
  • (P) 2019 SUPRAPHON a.s.
  • Genre: Chamber Music


  • music by: Leoš Janáček
  • piano: Jan Bartoš


Jan Bartoš

Janáček: Piano Works

Catalogue Number: SU 4266-2
Published: 31st May 2019
Genre: Chamber Music
Format: 1 CD
This album has received following awards:
  • Disc of the Week, Europadisc (2019)
Leoš Janáček (1854-1958) - piano works: 1.X. 1905, On an Overgrown Path I, On an Overgrown Path II (the first two authorised parts), In the Mists, Thema con variazioni, Reminiscence

Jan Bartoš - piano

Before he was completely overwhelmed by love for composing, Leoš Janáček pursued a career as a virtuoso pianist. He was closely familiar with the instrument, which served for him to share his innermost emotions and feelings. Janáček wrote his first opus, Thema con variazioni, at the age of 26, when he was studying at the Leipzig Conservatory. The miniature piece Reminiscence is one of his last scores. The composer conceived his three essential piano works, 1.X. 1905, On an Overgrown Path and In the Mists, between 1900 and 1912, which was a difficult phase in his life. They are perhaps the most personal, most intimate pieces he wrote. Janáček was inspired by the sound of the cimbalom, an instrument he often heard when collecting folk songs in Moravia. The genes of the pianist Jan Bartoš evidently bear the traces of the ample musical tradition of his ancestors, including his grandfather, a cimbalom player. The legacy of folk music and the Silesian origin is what Janáček and Bartoš have in common. In his account of Janáček's music, the pianist reveals a profound musicological insight, as well as a fascinating intuition - the inspiring integration of the heart and the brain, owing to which Bartoš's previous Supraphon albums (Mozart - Concertos, SU 4234-2; Beethoven - Sonatas, SU 4252-2) have met with such great acclaim.

Leoš Janáček according to Jan Bartoš - returning to his deepest roots


“Excellently recorded by the Supraphon team, and with an exceptionally interesting booklet interview between Bartoš and leading Janáček expert Jiří Zahrádka, this is a disc that deserves to be in any serious Janáček collection, for it just about sweeps the board in this music. And it should be heard by anyone interested in 20th-century piano music, Czech music, or just music per se!”
Europadisc, May 2019

“Jan Bartoš has an instinctive understanding of Janáček's musical language, the intimacy mixed with intense emotion. The recorded sound is up close and personal, a good match for the playing.”
BBC Radio 3 Record Review, June 2019