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  • Composer: Pavel Zemek Novak
  • Audio CD (26 April 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Champs Hill
  • ASIN: B004P96WHM
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 568,804 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Book One (Old Testament)
  2. Book Two (Old Testament)
  3. Book Three (New Testament) 'The Word Became Flesh and Dwelt Among Us' (Gospel of St. John 1:14)
  4. Book Four (New Testament) Landscapes of the Lamb

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Novák's music is intensely spiritual, and is truly modern in that it adds something completely new to what has existed before. At the same time it is not overtly radical; it does not seek to destroy the existing order and replace it with something new. Novák retains strong links with tonality, but his tonality, with its frequent use of triads, sounds uniquely his. The 24 Preludes and Fugues were written for the pianist William Howard over a 17-year period, and consequently reflect the evolution of Novák's musical language during this time. Many of them were premiered at the Dartington International Summer School. This 75-minute work is divided into four books , the first two based on the Old Testament and the second two on the New Testament. Whereas the pieces in the first two books are distinct and individual, the cycle strives increasingly towards a unity of form as it develops, while at the same time revealing Novák's growing interest in unison and a consonance in his compositional language. I have no doubt that these 24 Preludes and Fugues are one of the finest piano works of our time... David Matthews Pavel Zemek Novák was born in Brno in 1957, and is one of the most individual and distinctive Czech composers of his generation. His large body of symphonic, choral, chamber and instrumental works reflects both his devout religious faith and his interest in Morovian folk traditions.

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Superb performance and stunning sound:a real discovery. Performance***** Recording***** --BBC Music Magazine,Oct'11

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