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PAVEL ZEMEK NOVAL - 24 PRELUDES AND FUGUES
William Howard - piano

 

 

 
1. Novak, Pavel [2:17]
Book One (Old Testament) Prelude 1 - The Creation of Heaven and Earth

2. Novak, Pavel [1:51]
Book One (Old Testament) Fugue 1 - The Creation of Man

3. Novak, Pavel [1:37]
Book One (Old Testament) Prelude 2 - The Age of the Patriarchs

4. Novak, Pavel [1:41]
Book One (Old Testament) Fugue 2 - Noah

5. Novak, Pavel [1:22]
Book One (Old Testament) Prelude 3 - The Flood

6. Novak, Pavel [2:13]
Book One (Old Testament) Fugue 3 - Noah's Ark

7. Novak, Pavel [0:56]
Book One (Old Testament) Prelude 4 - The Departure of Abraham

8. Novak, Pavel [0:47]
Book One (Old Testament) Fugue 4 - Abraham and Isaac

9. Novak, Pavel [3:02]
Book One (Old Testament) Prelude 5 - The Burning Bush

10. Novak, Pavel [1:04]
Book One (Old Testament) Fugue 5 - Moses

11. Novak, Pavel [1:46]
Book One (Old Testament) Prelude 6 - Saul and David

12. Novak, Pavel [2:59]
Book One (Old Testament) Fugue 6 - King David

13. Novak, Pavel [0:43]
Book Two (Old Testament) Prelude 7 - Job

14. Novak, Pavel [1:08]
Book Two (Old Testament) Fugue 7 - The Book of Proverbs

15. Novak, Pavel [2:40]
Book Two (Old Testament) Prelude 8 - The Little Book of Psalms (1)

16. Novak, Pavel [3:59]
Book Two (Old Testament) Fugue 8 - The Little Book of Psalms (2)

17. Novak, Pavel [2:36]
Book Two (Old Testament) Prelude 9 - Ecclesiasticus

18. Novak, Pavel [1:00]
Book Two (Old Testament) Fugue 9 - The Song of Songs

19. Novak, Pavel [4:03]
Book Two (Old Testament) Prelude 10 - Elijah

20. Novak, Pavel [2:39]
Book Two (Old Testament) Fugue 10 - Elisha

21. Novak, Pavel [1:20]
Book Two (Old Testament) Prelude 11 - The Lamentations of Jeremiah

22. Novak, Pavel [1:03]
Book Two (Old Testament) Fugue 11 - Jeremiah

23. Novak, Pavel [1:57]
Book Two (Old Testament) Prelude 12 - Isiah (1)

24. Novak, Pavel [2:35]
Book Two (Old Testament) Fugue 12 - Isiah (2)

25. Novak, Pavel [1:45]
Book Three (New Testament) Prelude 13

26. Novak, Pavel [1:19]
Book Three (New Testament) Fugue 13

27. Novak, Pavel [2:13]
Book Three (New Testament) Prelude 14

28. Novak, Pavel [1:11]
Book Three (New Testament) Fugue 14

29. Novak, Pavel [1:15]
Book Three (New Testament) Prelude 15

30. Novak, Pavel [1:32]
Book Three (New Testament) Fugue 15

31. Novak, Pavel [1:54]
Book Three (New Testament) Prelude 16

32. Novak, Pavel [0:30]
Book Three (New Testament) Fugue 16

33. Novak, Pavel [0:55]
Book Three (New Testament) Prelude 17

34. Novak, Pavel [2:06]
Book Three (New Testament) Fugue 17

35. Novak, Pavel [2:18]
Book Three (New Testament) Prelude 18

36. Novak, Pavel [2:18]
Book Three (New Testament) Fugue 18 - The Seven Last Words of Jesus Christ on the Cross

37. Novak, Pavel [00:42]
Book Four (New Testament) Fugue 19

38. Novak, Pavel [00:40]
Book Four (New Testament) Postlude 19

39. Novak, Pavel [00:49]
Book Four (New Testament) Fugue 20

40. Novak, Pavel [00:43]
Book Four (New Testament) Postlude 20

41. Novak, Pavel [00:50]
Book Four (New Testament) Fugue 21

42. Novak, Pavel [00:39]
Book Four (New Testament) Postlude 21

43. Novak, Pavel [00:54]
Book Four (New Testament) Fugue 22

44. Novak, Pavel [00:30]
Book Four (New Testament) Postlude 22 (Consonance)

45. Novak, Pavel [00:27]
Book Four (New Testament) Fugue 23

46. Novak, Pavel [00:27]
Book Four (New Testament) Postlude 23 (Consonance)

47. Novak, Pavel [4:04]
Book Four (New Testament) Postlude 24 (Unison)

Artist(s):
William Howard, piano

“I have no doubt that these 24 Preludes and Fugues are one of the finest piano works of our time...” David Matthews

Novákʼs music is intensely spiritual, and is truly modern in that it adds something completely new to what has existed before. At the same time it is not overtly radical; it does not seek to destroy the existing order and replace it with something new. Novák retains strong links with tonality, but his tonality, with its frequent use of triads, sounds uniquely his.

The 24 Preludes and Fugues were written for the pianist William Howard over a 17-year period, and consequently reflect the evolution of Novákʼs musical language during this time. Many of them were premiered at the Dartington International Summer School.

This 75-minute work is divided into four ʻbooksʼ, the first two based on the Old Testament and the second two on the New Testament. Whereas the pieces in the first two books are distinct and individual, the cycle strives increasingly towards a unity of form as it develops, while at the same time revealing Novákʼs growing interest in unison and a consonance in his compositional language.


 

 


Novákʼs music is intensely spiritual, and is truly modern in that it adds something completely new to what has existed before. At the same time it is not overtly radical; it does not seek to destroy the existing order and replace it with something new. Novák retains strong links with tonality, but his tonality, with its frequent use of triads, sounds uniquely his.

The 24 Preludes and Fugues were written for the pianist William Howard over a 17-year period, and consequently reflect the evolution of Novákʼs musical language during this time. Many of them were premiered at the Dartington International Summer School.

This 75-minute work is divided into four ʻbooksʼ, the first two based on the Old Testament and the second two on the New Testament. Whereas the pieces in the first two books are distinct and individual, the cycle strives increasingly towards a unity of form as it develops, while at the same time revealing Novákʼs growing interest in unison and a consonance in his compositional language.

Pavel Zemek Novák was born in Brno in 1957, and is one of the most individual and distinctive Czech composers of his generation. His large body of symphonic, choral, chamber and instrumental works reflects both his devout religious faith and his interest in Morovian folk traditions.

William Howard, performing in this world premiere recording, is established as one of Britainʼs leading pianists, enjoying a career that has taken him to over 40 different countries, and has seen him perform on over 30 CDs. He has a very strong interest in Czech piano music, recognised by a medal awarded by the Czech Minister of Culture in 1986.


“A pedigree that encompasses Janáček and George Benjamin is alloyed with religious commitment in these works for solo piano from Pavel Zemek Novák.”

Classical Music

 

“Superb performance and stunning sound: a real discovery.”

BBC Music Magazine

 

“Anyone who gets on well with Ligeti or, for a different comparison, Shostakovich’s preludes and fugues, will find Novák’s music absorbing in the same sort of way, on its own scale. This finely recorded and presented CD ought to put it on the map.”

The Arts Desk

   
   

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