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Young Love by Anna Licková
Track(s) taken from CDH55398
Recording details: March 1996
St Silas the Martyr, Kentish Town, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Gary Cole
Engineered by Gary Cole
Release date: March 1997
Total duration: 6 minutes 31 seconds

'Excellent performances … a well made and enjoyable record' (Gramophone)

'These performances strike me as nearly ideal … this enchanting Hyperion disc' (Fanfare, USA)

'James Wood y su grupo se apuntan un gran tanto con este CD' (Scherzo, Spain)

Vlcí stopa 'The wolf's trail'
First line:
Temná noc! Starý hejtman hledá stopu vlcí 'A dark night! The old Captain searches for the wolf's trail'
composer
1916; for female voices, soprano and tenor soloists and piano
author of text

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Vlcí stopa (‘The wolf’s trail’) , after a poem by Jaroslav Vrchlický, is a superb example of Janácek’s ability to penetrate the essence of literary texts, and to impart through his own creative response some extra dimension of realism and, in this instance, palpable anxiety. The Captain, whose quest for the marauding wolf of the forests takes him through the wind-seared, chill woods all night long, suddenly remembers his beautiful and unfaithful young wife alone at home. Returning after the fruitless quest, he sees the shadowy glimmer of an opening window and the pale hands which opened it; he takes his gun and a fatal shot rings out through the frosty air. ‘This kiss may never end!’—only then does he realize that the wolf’s trail ends at his own marital bed.

from notes by Michael Jameson © 1997

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