Pavla Vykopalová -- soprano
Ludmila Hudecková -- contralto
Martin Slavík -- tenor
Jirí Brückler, Petr Svoboda -- baritone
Jaromír Meduna -- recitation
Ivo Kahánek -- piano
Members of the Bennewitz Quartet et al.
Prague Philharmonic Choir, choir master Lukáš Vasilek
When Miloslav Bure sent his first poem Song of the Ruby Spring to Bohuslav
Martin in 1955, he seemed to have touched the deepest spot of the composers
heart. The poet set his verses into the landscape of the Czech Highlands, the
region of Martins childhood and a rich source of his memories. The composer
must have identified strongly with the character of the pilgrim returning to
his birthplace, because he wrote The Opening of the Springs within nine days.
Later he set to music three more poems by Bure, finishing the last one, Mike
of the Mountains, half a year before his death. For Martin, the cantatas represented
an important link to his homeland at a time when the political situation and
later also his poor health were diminishing his hopes of coming back home. One
can only imagine what he felt when he was sitting in Schönenberg, Switzerland,
listening to the vinyl record with the first recording of his Opening of the
Springs published by Supraphon, or when his friends were sending him reports
about the Czech premieres of his works...
|Awards||Gramophone Editors Choice|
|Release Period||November 2016|