Leading chamber choir Accentus are presenting a new audacious project, dedicated to Janacek and the works he composed for children. A colorful, melancholic and deli-cate musical universe.
“The Czech composer Leoš Janaček (1854–1928) is best known to the general public for his dramatic works, notably the operas Jenůfa, Kaťa Kabanova, and The Cunning Little Vixen; such or hestral pieces as the Sinfonietta and Taras Bulba also enjoy considerable popularity. However, his unique musical language, infl uenced by his long and pains-taking study of the sonic aspects of speech in many diff erent situations and milieux – what the composer called ‘speech-melody’ (napěvky mluvy) – is also refl ected in other areas of his output that are equally worthy of our admiration. Among his other major sources of inspiration were folksong – the composer’s substantial contribution to collecting and pre-serving this heritage is well known – and the Russian culture he so fervently admired. […] Janaček dedicated himself throughout his life to the composition of vocal works for chorus or soloists, which enabled him to try out numerous combinations of forces, from a cappella choruses though choral works with instrumental accompaniment to cantatas for soloists, chorus, and orchestra.”
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