Novak: South Bohemian Suite, Op. 64; Eight Nocturnes, Op. 39

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COMPOSERS: Novak
LABELS: Classico
WORKS: South Bohemian Suite, Op. 64; Eight Nocturnes, Op. 39
PERFORMER: Daniela Straková (soprano); Karlovy Vary SO/Douglas Bostock
CATALOGUE NO: CLASSCD 191
The late, ruminative suite is fastidiously orchestrated but elusive. Novak’s dream-like, self-effacing moods (even in the third-movement march) work to stronger effect in the song-cycle, a voluptuous contemporary of Mahler and early Schoenberg. Strakova has a fair voice, but is all vowels. Calum MacDonald

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