On an Overgrown Path

1st Series - The Barn Owl Has Not Flown Away! Andante


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

Artists

  • music by: Leoš Janáček
  • piano: Jan Bartoš

Album

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:
  • Gramophone Editor's Choice (2019)
  • 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

Reviews

“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

“His piano tone is beautifully pellucid, yet with plenty of warmth… Bartoš’s runs in quiet passages are ravishing, reminding one of a string of pearls.”
MusicWeb International, July 2019

“Die Musik wirkt einerseits sehr einfach und konzentriert, andererseits bildet sie große Erzählströme aus, die mit ihrem Detailreichtum gefangen nehmen. Bartos kann dieses durch seine räumliche und familiäre Nähe zu Janacek und seinem Lebensraums angelegte Verständnis zu Janaceks Ausdruckswelt mit sicherer Hand und feinen Nuancen spannend und einnehmend artikulieren.”
Pizzicato, August 2019

“Jan Bartoš draws you closely in to Janáček’s com­pelling sound world, music both exposed and somehow personal, lines and details delivered from the very beginning with imagination and deep thought.”
Gramophone, September 2019

“Bartoš is excellent at capturing the intimacy of these unpretentious pieces with beautiful legato lines … these well-recorded performances are certainly recommendable.”
BBC Music Magazine, September 2019

“Der Pianist Jan Bartoš begegnet jedem der Werke auf eine eigene Weise. Im frühen Variationswerk lässt er einen beinahe klassischen Geist à la Beethoven oder Mendelssohn auferstehen, bleibt klar und virtuos in der Melodieführung. Die romantischen Miniaturen des Zyklus‘ ‚Auf verwachsenem Pfade‘ erhalten unter Bartoš‘ Fingern eine zarte, melancholische, aber nicht verträumte Art, bei der die Transparenz gewahrt bleibt.”
The New Listener, August 2019

“Sein Klavierklang vermittelt in gleichem Maße Wärme und Transparenz und unterstreicht die in der Musik schlummernde Melancholie. Unter Beachtung auch kleiner Details bringt er die Musik zum Sprechen.”
ORF, August 2019

“II sait donc quel sens prêter à telle résonance, quelle liberté prendre avec Ie métronome ou comment étager les voix, sans pour autant prétendre nous donner de lecon d’analyse. Démontrant autant de tact que de variété d’articuIation, il aborde Ie programme avec une intelligence rare.”
Diapason, September 2019