One of the Top Ten Recordings of 2020 by David Hurwitz, the executive editor of ClassicsToday.com, is the album featuring Bohuslav Martinů's Bouquet of Flowers and Jan Novák's Philharmonic Dances, which was released in November 2017.
Here are some excerpts from the video below:
„Martinů: Bouquet of Flowers. I cannot recommend it highly enough, it’s such a wonderful piece… It is fabulous music… It could be as popular as Carmina Burana… or any of those 20th-century choral classics… It is glorious.“
„Jan Novák was really influenced by Martinů and it’s so much fun to listen to this music if you know Martinů and you love Martinů as I do… It’s absolutely great. It’s like Martinů with a sort of sarcastic twist to end…“
„We have a really great stereo recording which is so important and you should really get it! We need to thank Supraphon for sticking with their Czech heritage and continuing to do sterling work with Dvořák and Martinů and Janáček and all those great Czech composers like Novák and Suk… what a fabulous tradition!“
„The packaging here is really important and is really good. You get a big booklet with texts and translations of everything… It’s beautifully printed, nicely done… It’s a class act. We don’t see these very much anymore… in the digital download period… These guys have done it right. They’ve created a beaufitul product that is worth owning and adding to your collection.“