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Hradcanské Písnicky 'Songs of Hradcany'
1922; for female voices
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'Janáček: Choral Music' (CDH55398)
Janáček: Choral Music
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No 1: Zlatá ulicka 'Golden Street'  Zlutý, modrý, šedý domek 'Yellow, pink and blue small houses'
Track 24 on CDH55398 [3'28] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
No 2: Placící fontána 'The weeping fountain'  K sladke písni slavíka 'Melodious singing of nightingales'
No 3: Belveder  Kamenná básen v kvetné houšti 'Poem in stone, midst quiet gardens'

Hradcanské Písnicky 'Songs of Hradcany'
Hradcanské Písnicky, the ‘Songs of Hradcany’, was the result of Janácek’s collaboration with František Procházka; the three songs were provided with harp accompaniment, and a highly effective flute part in ‘The weeping fountain’ at the time of their publication in 1922. It seems probable, however, that the chorus-master Vach had expected a cappella settings of these three poems. Children are at play in the hovels of the ‘Golden Street’; but it is a bitter and sad place, yet, says the poet, the state rooms and salons of the palace nearby are poorer still, with the suggestion that its occupants are blissfully unaware of the begging which takes place before its gates. After the hauntingly nostalgic central panel, ‘The weeping fountain’, this triptych ends with ‘Belvedere’, the timeless memorial to the bloodshed and torment of the nation’s past (‘… all around was Czech glory ravished, crushed by mad fury and ruthless hate’), now strangely at one with its tranquil surroundings—fragrant gardens filled with the sounds of music rather than the alarums of battle.

from notes by Michael Jameson © 1997

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Details for CDH55398 track 26
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 26
    Release date: March 1997
    Deletion date: July 2009
    Superseded by CDH55398
  2. Janácek: Choral Music (CDH55398)
    Disc 1 Track 26
    Release date: April 2012
    Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
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