Bohuslav Martinů (1890-1959) - Magic Nights. Henri Duparc (1848-1933) - selected songs (L'invitation au voyage, La vie antérieure, Chanson triste, Phidylé). Maurice Ravel (1875-1937) - Cinq mélodies populaires grecques, Shéhérazade. Karol Szymanowski (1882-1937) - Penthesilea.
Kateřina Kněžíková - soprano, Janáček Philharmonic Ostrava, conductor: Robert Jindra
Kateřina Kněžíková's lyric soprano has delighted audiences in numerous music centres worldwide, both at opera houses and concert venues. She has appeared with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Bamberger Symphoniker, Camerata Salzburg, the Czech Philharmonic, the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, etc. under the baton of conductors of such renown as J. Bělohlávek, S. Baudo, M. Honeck, J. Hrůša, T. Netopil and R. Ticciati. The highlights of her career include the invitation to portray the title role in Janáček's opera Katya Kabanova in Glyndebourne. Kateřina Kněžíková's debut Supraphon solo album features enchanting fin de siecle songs, "... songs that are particularly close to my heart and voice, all of them dating from the turn of the 20th century, all of them tinged with Impressionism," as the singer herself put it. The first of them is Bohuslav Martinů's Magic Nights, set to Chinese poetry. Henri Duparc's songs, one of which, depicting Phylidé, a simple and pious country girl, has given the album its title, may come as a revelation to many a listener. All the songs chosen for the CD reflect a penchant for the exotic, foregrounding connection with Nature and intuition. Conducted by Robert Jindra, the Janáček Philharmonic Ostrava has created a splendidly colourful backdrop for Kateřina Kněžíková's soprano to embellish.
Fin de siecle songs - a universe close to Kateřina Kněžíková's heart
Magic Nights. Three songs to Chinese texts for Soprano and Orchestra, H. 119