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Re: Vitezslaw Novak (1870-1949)
« Reply #160 on: January 15, 2021, 10:24:35 AM »
Expected arrival today.
Excellent! Hope you enjoy it Lol.
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Re: Vitezslaw Novak (1870-1949)
« Reply #161 on: January 15, 2021, 05:37:15 PM »
I haven't heard Nikotina yet, but I have heard his other ballet-pantomime Signorina Gioventu which was an absolutely stunning discovery of mine about a month ago:



All the adjectives you used to describe Nikotina could easily be used to describe Signorina Gioventu; this is enormously colorful, inventive, tuneful, and engrossing music. I loved every minute of it! I thought it was more melodically distinctive than, say, his tone poems, much as I enjoy those.

Both Nikotina and Signorina Gioventu are $2.49  for lossless downloads on Qobuz.  I usually spend more on a cup of coffee.

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Re: Vitezslaw Novak (1870-1949)
« Reply #162 on: January 16, 2021, 01:52:35 AM »
Both Nikotina and Signorina Gioventu are $2.49  for lossless downloads on Qobuz.  I usually spend more on a cup of coffee.
Great value!
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Re: Vitezslaw Novak (1870-1949)
« Reply #163 on: January 16, 2021, 07:12:16 AM »
Great value!

I opted for the more expensive (still under £4.00 per disc) higher-res downloads and they sound as good as I have ever heard these recordings.

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Re: Vitezslaw Novak (1870-1949)
« Reply #164 on: March 27, 2021, 01:07:12 PM »
Independently if both May and Autumn symphonies are or not top-drawer Novák I do want to hear them on performances and recordings that do do justice to them. What we have on YouTube regarding sound quality is frankly unbearable IMO. I prefer to wait the proper recordings to come, hopefully sooner than later (hey Naxos, Supraphon, Chandos, CPO, read this!) 🙏

As you may have seen posted by "JP" on the Unsung Composers website, Czech label Arco Diva apparently has plans to record these works, - timetable uncertain.

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Re: Vitezslaw Novak (1870-1949)
« Reply #165 on: March 27, 2021, 01:17:20 PM »
As you may have seen posted by "JP" on the Unsung Composers website, Czech label Arco Diva apparently has plans to record these works, - timetable uncertain.
That's great news. I hope that we get a new recording of 'The Storm' one day.
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Re: Vitezslaw Novak (1870-1949)
« Reply #166 on: March 28, 2021, 08:33:51 AM »
That's great news. I hope that we get a new recording of 'The Storm' one day.

I'm at least open now to it being possible the works are more meritorious than the YouTube performances and recordings let on.

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Re: Vitezslaw Novak (1870-1949)
« Reply #167 on: March 28, 2021, 02:21:52 PM »
As you may have seen posted by "JP" on the Unsung Composers website, Czech label Arco Diva apparently has plans to record these works, - timetable uncertain.

I just checked it. Thanks for the info. According to those notes, they do look interested in recording those works, so I would think we'll have them the next year, or perhaps before. Who knows.
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Re: Vitezslaw Novak (1870-1949)
« Reply #168 on: March 30, 2021, 03:18:45 AM »
I just checked it. Thanks for the info. According to those notes, they do look interested in recording those works, so I would think we'll have them the next year, or perhaps before. Who knows.
That's good news.
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Re: Vitezslaw Novak (1870-1949)
« Reply #169 on: March 30, 2021, 04:24:50 PM »
Taken from the UCF:

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Greetings one and all. My enquiries with the Arco Diva label has yielded some interesting advance heads-up news on their upcoming plans to record the full orchestral repertoire of JBF as well as V. Novak's major orchestral and symphonic works.  Quoting directly (in italics) from Mr Jiri Stilec's (the director of Arco Diva Prague) reply to my correspondences which read as follows:

"I will reply you step by step, we are on the way to Ostrava, where we will complete the first CD of the complete of Orchestral Works by J.B. Foerster. Our aim is to complete all his orchestral compositions - on first place Symphonies 1 - 5 and of course also other compositions, also these that are still in Czech Museum of Music. Next step after Symphony No 1 by J.B.F. which will be recorded next week in Ostrava will be Symphony No 2 / probably recorded in Olmütz."

"We will continue with Vitezslav Novak vol. 2 - we will record in Ostrava De profundis, Slovacko Suite and world premiere recording of Two Valachian Dances for Orchestra. We are ready to go on with other compositions, not these that were already recorded for Naxos, but there are still plenty of them, also Autumn and May Symphony."

Meantime, I'm awaiting more news and updates from Arco Diva on the ongoing progress status of their current spate of recording projects and eventual rollout of CD products to convey to you all over the next several weeks and months.
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Re: Vitezslaw Novak (1870-1949)
« Reply #170 on: March 30, 2021, 11:07:36 PM »
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Thanks Cesar - exciting news.
"Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm" (Churchill).

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