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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'
1916; for female voices, soprano and tenor soloists and piano
author of text

'Janáček: Choral Music' (CDH55398)
Janáček: Choral Music
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Track 22 on CDH55398 [6'31] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)

Vlcí stopa 'The wolf's trail'
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

Track-specific metadata
Details for CDH55398 track 22
Recording date
16 March 1996
Recording venue
St Silas the Martyr, Kentish Town, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Gary Cole
Recording engineer
Gary Cole
Hyperion usage
  1. Janácek: Choral Music (CDA66893)
    Disc 1 Track 22
    Release date: March 1997
    Deletion date: July 2009
    Superseded by CDH55398
  2. Janácek: Choral Music (CDH55398)
    Disc 1 Track 22
    Release date: April 2012
    Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
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