Concerto for Piano and Orchestra E minor

Andante con sentimento

  • Recorded: 24th May 2019
  • Record Place: Prague Radio Studio No.1
  • First Release: 2020
  • (P) 2020 SUPRAPHON a.s.
  • Genre: Orchestral


  • music by: Vítězslav Novák
  • piano: Jan Bartoš
  • conductor: Jakub Hrůša
  • musical group: Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra


Jan Bartoš, Prague Radio Symphonic Orchestra, Jakub Hrůša

Novák: Piano Concerto, Toman and the Wood Nymph

Catalogue Number: SU 4284-2
Published: 11th September 2020
Genre: Orchestral
Format: 1 CD
Vítězslav Novák - Piano Concerto, Toman and the Wood Nymph / Jan Bartoš, Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, Jakub Hrůša

Vítězslav Novák (1870-1949) - Piano Concerto in E minor* (1895). Toman and the Wood Nymph - symphonic poem for large orchestra, Op. 40 (1906-07). At Dusk, Op. 13 (1896, for piano solo)

Jan Bartoš - piano, Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, conductor: Jakub Hrůša

The greatest Czech composers - Dvořák, Smetana, Janáček, Suk, Martinů ... And anyone else? Yes, Vítězslav Novák! Who was he? A pupil of Dvořák's, later on one of the most distinguished music creators and teachers on the domestic scene. A Post-Romantic and the first of the generation of Modernists profoundly inspired by Moravian folk music. This year's 150th anniversary of Novák's birth affords the opportunity to take a closer look at his oeuvre - and to rediscover that which has been overlooked. The idea of making the first studio recording of the Piano Concerto, a remarkable early work by the 25-year-old Novák, was enthusiastically endorsed by the superb Czech pianist Jan Bartoš. Due to its intimate nature, At Dusk, Op. 13, a cycle of miniatures for solo piano, inspired by J. S. Machar's poetry, stands in contrast to the concerto's virtuosic stylisation. The tone poem Toman and the Wood Nymph may be deemed the most ambitious of Novák's symphonic works. As the composer himself put it, he strove to express an "uncontrollable torrent of wild passion", referring to the piece as an "orgy of sound" and the ballad as a "depiction of woman's demonic power over man". Jakub Hrůša, a globally renowned contemporary conductor, invites us to rediscover Novák's music: "We are obliged to perform it. His music is so profound and far-reaching that we simply cannot ignore it and let it gather dust in archives and remain buried in music history textbooks."

Vítězslav Novák's music rediscovered
Vítězslav Novák
Concerto for Piano and Orchestra E minor
1. Allegro energico 10:34
2. Andante con sentimento 07:30
3. Allegro giusto 09:02
Vítězslav Novák
At Dusk Op. 13
4. Andante rubato 01:30
5. Alla Ballata 04:16
6. Serenade No. 1 Andante con moto 02:02
7. Serenade No. 2 Andante grazioso 02:35
Vítězslav Novák
8. Toman and the Wood Nymph Op. 40 Symphonic poem after a Bohemian legend for large orchestra 25:02

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