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MAGDALENA KOŽENÁ – A BIOGRAPHICAL TIMELINE
“With her dazzling looks, Magdalena Kožená is surely one of the most glamorous women on the operatic stage. That's even before she opens her mouth. And when she does – well, you can't argue with that voice . . . Kožená has got everything . . .”
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  • Audio CD (22 Sept. 2008)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • ASIN: B001BJ83BM
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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  1. Kebych Bola JahodúMagdalena Kozená 1:06£0.99  Buy MP3 
  2. Moravská Lidová Poesie V Písních (Moravian Folk Poetry In Songs) - 37. LaveckaMalcolm Martineau 1:54£0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. Moravská Lidová Poesie V Písních (Moravian Folk Poetry In Songs) - 12. JabúckoMalcolm Martineau 1:50£0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. Moravská Lidová Poesie V Písních (Moravian Folk Poetry In Songs) - 50. MuzikantiMalcolm Martineau 1:27£0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. Ciganské Melodie (Gypsy Melodies), Op.55 - 4. Songs My Mother Taught Me (Kdyz Mne Stara Matka)Malcolm Martineau 2:41£0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. Ciganské Melodie (Gypsy Melodies), Op.55 - 5. Tune Thy Strings (Struna Naladena)Malcolm Martineau 1:07£0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. Ciganské Melodie (Gypsy Melodies), Op.55 - 3. Silent And Lone The Woods (Ales Je Tichy Kolem Kol)Malcolm Martineau 3:00£0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. Národní Písne A Tance Z Tesinksa (Folksongs And Dances From The Tesinskso Region), WV120 - 3. Pasala Volky [Out In The Beechwood]Malcolm Martineau 1:47£0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. Národní Písne A Tance Z Tesinksa (Folksongs And Dances From The Tesinskso Region), WV120 - 15. Kdyz Jsem Byla Mamince Na Kline [On My Mother's Knee]Malcolm Martineau0:41£0.39  Buy MP3 
10. Národní Písne A Tance Z Tesinksa (Folksongs And Dances From The Tesinskso Region), WV120 - 4. Sidej Na Vuz [Mount The Waggon]Malcolm Martineau 4:02£0.99  Buy MP3 
11. Písne K Loutne - 1. Milovánie Bez VídánieMichael Freimuth 1:14£0.99  Buy MP3 
12. Písne K Loutne - 2. I Dare Not AskMichael Freimuth 1:12£0.99  Buy MP3 
13. Písne K Loutne - 3. Quand Ce Beau PrintempsMichael Freimuth 1:59£0.99  Buy MP3 
14. Písne K Loutne - 4. Ach Gott, Wie Weh Tut ScheidenMichael Freimuth 2:56£0.99  Buy MP3 
15. Písne K Loutne - 5. Jakz Sem Te Najprv PoznalMichael Freimuth0:43£0.39  Buy MP3 
16. Písne K Loutne - 6. Stratilat Sem MiléhoMichael Freimuth 3:00£0.99  Buy MP3 
17. An Die EntfernteMalcolm Martineau 4:13£0.99  Buy MP3 
18. Pohádka Srdce, Op.8 - 1. Písen MelancholickáMalcolm Martineau 2:07£0.99  Buy MP3 
19. Pohádka Srdce, Op.8 - 2. Zda Není Snem?Malcolm Martineau 2:49£0.99  Buy MP3 
20. Novák: Pohádka Srdce, Op.8 - 3. VecerMalcolm Martineau 1:32£0.99  Buy MP3 
21. Pohádka Srdce, Op.8 - 4. Podzimní NáladaMalcolm Martineau 1:34£0.99  Buy MP3 
22. Pohádka Srdce, Op.8 - 5. Az Prejde DenMalcolm Martineau 3:09£0.99  Buy MP3 
23. Vecerné Písne (Evening Songs) - 2. Mne Zdálo Se Zes Umrela [I Dreamt Last Night]Malcolm Martineau 4:05£0.99  Buy MP3 
24. Moravské Dvojzpevy (Moravian Duets) - 9. PrstenDorothea Röschmann 2:17£0.99  Buy MP3 
25. Moravské Dvojzpevy (Moravian Duets) - 11. ZajatáDorothea Röschmann 3:13£0.99  Buy MP3 
26. Písnicky Na Dve Stránky (Songs On Two Pages, Seven Songs An Moravian Folk Poetry) - 1. Devce Z Moravy (Moravian Girl)Malcolm Martineau 1:12£0.99  Buy MP3 
27. Písnicky Na Dve Stránky (Songs On Two Pages, Seven Songs An Moravian Folk Poetry) - 2. Súsedova Stajna (The Neighbour's Stable)Malcolm Martineau0:51£0.39  Buy MP3 
28. Písnicky Na Dve Stránky (Songs On Two Pages, Seven Songs An Moravian Folk Poetry) - 3. Nadeje (Hope)Malcolm Martineau 2:35£0.99  Buy MP3 
29. Písnicky Na Dve Stránky (Songs On Two Pages, Seven Songs An Moravian Folk Poetry) - 4. Hlásný (The Night Watchman)Malcolm Martineau0:57£0.39  Buy MP3 
30. Písnicky Na Dve Stránky (Songs On Two Pages, Seven Songs An Moravian Folk Poetry) - 5. Tajná Láska (Secret Love)Malcolm Martineau0:59£0.99  Buy MP3 
31. Písnicky Na Ddve Stránky (Songs On Two Pages, Seven Songs An Moravian Folk P- 6. Bozi Muka (The Wayside Cross)Malcolm Martineau 1:07£0.99  Buy MP3 
32. Písnicky Na Dve Stránky (Songs On Two Pages, Seven Songs An Moravian Folk Poetry) - 7. Zvolenovci Chlapci (Lads Of Zvolyn)Malcolm Martineau 1:00£0.99  Buy MP3 
33. Slezké Písne (Ze Sbírky Heleny Salichové) [Siesian Songs (From Helena Salichová's Collection)] - 7. Aj, Co To Je Za SlavicekMalcolm Martineau 4:31£0.99  Buy MP3 
34. Slezké Písne (Ze Sbírky Heleny Salichové) [Siesian Songs (From Helena Salichová's Collection)] - 10. V cernym LeseMalcolm Martineau0:54£0.39  Buy MP3 

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DGG 4776665; DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON - Germania; Classica Lirica Lied

BBC Review

Magdalena Kozena's new album presents a recital of songs by various Czech composers, all of whom were deeply rooted in their national folk song tradition. The title comes from one of the Dvorak songs featured, but it isn't just an atmospheric title; there are indeed songs that Kozena's mother sang to her as a child, plus others she heard in her village. As a result, this CD carries the same personal originality that made her debut album, Czech Love Songs, stand out from the crowd.

The opening of the album packs a considerable punch; Kebych bola jahodú is an unaccompanied anonymous traditional song, and Kozena sings it in a rough, almost guttural way that is far, far removed from the western classical vocal technique. She describes it as the kind of singing one might hear in wine cellars, and it certainly conjures up images of sober (in feeling, not in alcohol consumption!) faces, listening intently in the flickering firelight of a mountain drinking tavern. It is the only song Kozena sings in this style, but it is an arresting, evocative start that emphasises the folkloric mood of the recital. Kozena, whilst her performances are always memorable, is lifted to an entirely different plateau with these songs in her home tongue and all the emotional resonance they hold for her. It's hard to pick out highlights, but the Lute Songs of the only-recently-deceased Petr Eben are captivating. Accompanied by guitar, these are beguiling little vignettes (or whatever the Czech word for vignette is) about the painful fears and realities of losing one's love. Given that Kozena points out that the texts Eben sets are the oldest on the album, and that his choice of poetry is always fascinating, it is incredibly frustrating that the sleeve notes don't then say anything about their origin or age. Why dangle that carrot if you're going to snatch it away?

Kozena is joined for Dvorak's Moravian Duets by soprano Dorothea Roschmann, and their voices are perfectly matched. Martin Martineau on piano and Michael Freimuth on guitar provide perfectly judged musical accompaniments. --Charlotte Gardner

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By CD Collector on 23 Dec. 2008
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Magdalena Kozena possesses what is surely one of the most beautiful mezzo-soprano voices around today; the sheer quality of her voice is in itself a source of deep and lasting pleasure. But it is her communicative gifts above all which touch this CD with such distinction. She sings each of these songs (some very short) with an artistry which invariably draws attention to the song and never to herself. The Dvorak song which gives the CD its title is simply ravishing, but so is everything else! Many of these songs are unfamiliar, but all are approachable and many are memorable. First-rate accompaniment, full texts and translations and a DG recording in the best traditions of the house complete the picture. My vocal disc of 2008.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sopranomonkey on 17 Aug. 2010
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This is absolutely first-rate stuff, really beautiful singing. There's a great selection of songs, with popular favourites as well as less well known music. You get a lot of songs for your money too, plus translations in the booklet.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Naty on 30 May 2010
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This is an excellent disc in what concerns exquisite artistic taste and refinement. The melodies are of exceptional beauty. Kozena is brilliant! I have listened to this CD hundreds of times.
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By marion saunders on 11 Oct. 2014
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great gift, gerat price
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Sentimental Beauty 23 Oct. 2008
By Abert - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Ms. Kozena has a distinctively `Central European' voice. The timbre is lyrical and full, without being dull. This album of Dvorak's vocal works undoubtedly suits her well.
Kozena is not only able to give an authentic account of these works, but also much emotional involvement. The 3 Gypsy Melodies are very sentimental and movingly done. The well-known title song "Songs My Mother Taught Me" is full of filial yearning and rightfully appeals to listeners of whatever race or nationality. I have for long been listening to a Chinese version with modern arrangement set to have moving text, and this original version is doubtlessly more than welcome.
In the 3 Moravian Duets, Ms. Kozena employs quite another method of interpretation, and draws on more pathos and broader resonances. The partnership of Dorothea Roeschmann is simply superb in these tracks. While Kozena and Roeschmann have not yet make a full recording of these songs as did Irmgard Seefried and Elisabeth Schwarzkopf before them, I really do look forward to hearing her full set of Moravian Songs.
Song lovers would surely enjoy such beautiful singing.
Heartily recommended.
8 of 12 people found the following review helpful
It's a long haul through 34 Czech folksongs that basically sound alike 28 Oct. 2008
By Santa Fe Listener - Published on Amazon.com
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The previous reviewer is mistaken in calling this a recital of Dvorak's vocal works. Other composers are included -- Janacek, Martinu, Schulhoff, Novak, and Eben. All their divergent styles are lost in the same relatively simple folksong idiom, and that's the problem. If Kozena had found 34 interesting Czech folksongs, I might have been happy. But here we get 34 repetitious folksongs, none of which rises any higher than the others (excepting a few composed melodies and the Moravian duets from Dvorak). There's a noble tradition of gathering and preserving folk material, but Brahms himself couldn't make three dozen 'Deutches Volkslieder' sound interesting from beginning to end, and those were twice as captivating as what we have on this CD.

In addition, Kozena seems content to remain in a relaxed, sentimental mood throuhgout. Her voice is too uniform, and she lacks the temperament to sell these songs to an audience who has never heard them before. Certainly, despite some winning moments here and there, she didn't sell them to me.
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