Fata Morgana: Songs by Pavel Haas

 
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PAVEL HAAS
Fata Morgana: Songs by Pavel Haas
Anita Watson (soprano), Anna Starushkevych (mezzo soprano), Nicky Spence (tenor), James Platt (bass), Navarra Quartet, Lada Valesova (piano)

[ Resonus / CD ]

Release Date: Friday 3 March 2017

Resonus is pleased to present this significant new recording of vocal works by the early-twentieth century Czech composer, Pavel Haas.

Featuring four song cycles composed by Haas at various stages in his life, this captivating album includes the world premiere recording of Fata Morgana, Op. 6 - Haas's first major work composed, following studies with Leoš Janáček, in 1922.

Pianist Lada Valešová is joined by an exceptional array of singers as well as the acclaimed Navarra Quartet in a vivid portrait of this composer.

"[Fata Morgana] receives an impassioned premiere recording by Nicky Spence and the Navarra Quartet alongside Valesova…from joy to despair, every emotion is here in subtle colours; a legacy of great human and musical worth." Five Stars BBC Music Magazine Choral & Song Choice - May 2017

"The big news is that we have here a world première recording in the shape of Fata Morgana, Op.6, a two-part, half-hour setting of Tagore composed in 1923. It's written for voice, here Nicky Spence, string quartet and piano - which is to say the same combination as Vaughan Williams' earlier On Wenlock Edge. This is a fascinating if somewhat over-extended work, saturated in eroticism - though not the erotic exoticism of Szymanowski, more the eroticism of a conflation between Debussian sensuous languor and Janáčekian urgency.... this is a well selected disc, bringing to the table two of Haas' most attractive cycles and that première recording. It sits splendidly in the current discography." MusicWeb