Lada Valešová, who is a supporter of The Friends, is releasing a CD on 3rd March
MARCH 2017 RELEASE - Lada Valešová, who is a supporter of The Friends, is releasing a CD on 3rd March: together with three song cycles, Valešová is performing the world première recording of a chamber piece for piano quintet and tenor, 'Fata Morgana' Op. 6 by Pavel Haas (1899–1944). The CD is available for purchase both as a physical copy or a high resolution download from the Resonus Classics website: http://www.resonusclassics.com.
Works on the CD:
'Sedm písní v lidovém tónu', (Seven Songs in Folk Style), Op. 18,1940
'Fata Morgana', Op. 6, 1923
Rabíndranáth Thákur, Zahradník
Čínské písně, (Chinese Songs) Op. 4, 1921
Čtyři písně na slova čínské poezie (Four Songs on Chinese Poetry),1944
Nicky Spence, tenor/ James Platt, bass/ Anita Watson, soprano /Anna Starushkevych, mezzo-soprano/ Navarra Quartet/ Lada Valešová, piano & artistic director
Lada Valešová writes, "I first came across the music of Pavel Haas while researching the links between the Czech composers and their students. This line of enquiry led me from Leoš Janáček to Pavel Haas, one of his most significant and original students.The unique fusion of the local Moravian folklore influences, of jazz and film music of his time (his brother Hugo Haas was one of the most popular actors in the pre-war Czechoslovakia), with the echoes of the synagogue chants, which he heard as a child when visiting his uncle, a Jewish community cantor. The ambition behind this album is double: to share the exquisite song cycles by Pavel Haas, and to present, for the first time, the magic of his 'Fata Morgana' to a wider audience, but it is also to inspire others to get hold of the music, to study it, and make it a regular part of the repertoire on records and concert platforms. The legacy of Pavel Haas deserves that, and more."