Janáček: Solo Piano


Nearly all of the music for solo piano written by Leoš Janáček (1854–1928) dates from before the First World War and thus belongs to the period before the composer’s remarkable late creative surge, which was triggered by the hugely successful 1916 production in Prague of his third opera, Jenůfa (1894–1903; rev. 1907–8), and facilitated by his retirement from his teaching position at the Brno Organ School. Nevertheless, all three of Janáček’s major solo piano works – On an Overgrown Path (1900–1911), From the Street 1 October 1905 (1905-6) and In the Mists (1912–13) – contain music that is both profoundly individual and also integral to the now widespread view of the composer as one the most original musical voices of early twentieth- century music.

Thomas Adès was born in London in 1971. He studied the piano with Paul Berkowitz at the Guildhall School, winning the Lutine Prize for piano, before continuing his studies at King’s and St John’s Colleges, Cambridge. Dr Adès has given solo piano recitals at Carnegie Hall, New York and the Wigmore Hall and the Barbican in London, and appeared as a soloist with the New York Philharmonic. He has performed Schubert’s Winterreise extensively throughout Europe with Ian Bostridge and in 2018 recorded it at the Wigmore Hall. In 2018, following a recital of Janacek’s music at the Reduta Theatre in Brno, Janacek’s home town, he was awarded the Leoš Janáček prize.

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Thomas Adès Piano

Release date: 06/03/20

Catalogue number: SIGCD600

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Po zarostlém chodníčku (On an Overgrown
Series I
1. Naše večery (Our Evenings)
2. Lístek odvanutý (A Blown-Away Leaf)
3. Pojďte s námi! (Come with Us!)
4. Frýdecká panna Maria (The Madonna of
5. Štěbetaly jak laštovičky (They Chattered like
6. Nelze domluvit! (Words Fail!)
7. Dobrou noc! (Good Night!)
8. Tak neskonale úzko (Unutterable Anguish)
9. V pláči (In Tears)
10. Sýček neodletěl! (The Barn Owl has not
Flown Away!)

Series II
11. Andante
12. Allegretto (Presto)
13. Più mosso
14. Allegro

From The Street 1. X. 1905, ‘Piano Sonata’
15. Předtucha (Foreboding)
16. Smrt (Death)

V mlhách (In the Mists)
17. Andante
18. Molto adagio
19. Andantino
20. Presto

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