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listen  1. Dvorák: Písne milostné (Love Songs), Op.83 - 1. O,nasi lásce nekvete (Oh, our love does not bloom)Graham Johnson 1:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Dvorák: Písne milostné (Love Songs), Op.83 - 2. V tak mnohém srdci mrtvo jest (Death dwells in so many a heart)Graham Johnson 2:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Dvorák: Písne milostné (Love Songs), Op.83 - 3. Kol domu se tedn potácím ( Now I stumble past the house)Graham Johnson 1:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Dvorák: Písne milostné (Love Songs), Op.83 - 4. Já vím, ze v sladke nadeji (I know that in sweet hope)Graham Johnson 2:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Dvorák: Písne milostné (Love Songs), Op.83 - 5. Nad krajem vévodí lehky spánek (Gentle slumber reigns over the countryside)Graham Johnson 1:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Dvorák: Písne milostné (Love Songs), Op.83 - 6. Zde v lese u potoka (Here in the forest by a brook)Graham Johnson 2:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Dvorák: Písne milostné (Love Songs), Op.83 - 7. V té sladké moci ocí tvych (In the sweet power of your eyes)Graham Johnson 1:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Dvorák: Písne milostné (Love Songs), Op.83 - 8. p duse drahá, jedinká (Oh, dear matchless soul)Graham Johnson 1:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Martinu: Novy Spalícek (New Spalicek / Miniatures) - 1. Bohatá milá (The Rich Sweetheart)Graham Johnson 1:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Martinu: Novy Spalícek (New Spalicek / Miniatures) - 2. Opusteny mily (The Forsaken Lover)Graham Johnson 1:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Martinu: Novy Spalícek (New Spalicek / Miniatures) - 3. Touha (Longing)Graham Johnson0:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Martinu: Novy Spalícek (New Spalicek / Miniatures) - 4. Zwedavé dievca (The Inquisitive Girl)Graham Johnson0:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Martinu: Novy Spalícek (New Spalicek / Miniatures) - 5. Veselé dievca (The Cheerful Girl)Graham Johnson0:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Martinu: Novy Spalícek (New Spalicek / Miniatures) - 6. Smutny mily (The Unhappy Lover)Graham Johnson 2:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Martinu: Novy Spalícek (New Spalicek / Miniatures) - 7. Prosba (The Request)Graham Johnson 1:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Martinu: Novy Spalícek (New Spalicek / Miniatures) - 8. Vysoká veza (The tall tower)Graham Johnson 1:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Martinu: Ctyri písne na texty moravské lidové poezie (Songs for a Friend of My Country) - 1. Konícky na ouhore (Ponies on the Fallow Land)Graham Johnson0:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Martinu: Ctyri písne na texty moravské lidové poezie (Songs for a Friend of My Country) - 2. Ztaceny pantoflícek (The Lost Little Slipper)Graham Johnson0:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Martinu: Ctyri písne na texty moravské lidové poezie (Songs for a Friend of My Country) - 3. Písen nábozná (A Religious Song)Graham Johnson 1:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. Martinu: Ctyri písne na texty moravské lidové poezie (Songs for a Friend of My Country) - 4. Pozvání (An Invitaion)Graham Johnson 1:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen21. Dvorák: Ctvero písní op.2 (Four Songs) na slova Gust. Pflegra-Moravského op. 2 - 1. Vy vroucí písne ( You heartfelt songs)Graham Johnson 2:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen22. Dvorák: Ctvero písní op.2 (Four Songs) na slova Gust. Pflegra-Moravského op. 2 - 2. O byl to krásny zlaty sen (Oh, that was a beautiful, golden dream)Graham Johnson 2:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen23. Dvorák: Ctvero písní op.2 (Four Songs) na slova Gust. Pflegra-Moravského op. 2 - 3. Mé srdce casto (In pain, my heart often broods)Graham Johnson 3:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen24. Dvorák: Ctvero písní op.2 (Four Songs) na slova Gust. Pflegra-Moravského op. 2 - 4. Na horách ticho (Silence on the mountains)Graham Johnson 1:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen25. Martinu: Ukolébavka (Lullaby)Graham Johnson 4:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen26. Martinu: Pisnicky na jednu stránku (Songs on one page) - 1. Rosicka (Dew)Graham Johnson 1:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen27. Martinu: Pisnicky na jednu stránku (Songs on one page) - 2. Otevrení sloveckem (Unlocking with a single word)Graham Johnson0:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen28. Martinu: Pisnicky na jednu stránku (Songs on one page) - 3. Cesta k milé (Journey to the Beloved)Graham Johnson 1:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen29. Martinu: Pisnicky na jednu stránku (Songs on one page) - 4. Chodnícek (The Footpath)Graham Johnson0:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen30. Martinu: Pisnicky na jednu stránku (Songs on one page) - 5. U mamenky (At Motherns)Graham Johnson 1:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen31. Martinu: Pisnicky na jednu stránku (Songs on one page) - 6. Sen panny Marie (The Virgin Maryns Dream)Graham Johnson 1:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen32. Martinu: Pisnicky na jednu stránku (Songs on one page) - 7. Rozmaryn (Rosemary)Graham Johnson 1:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen33. Martinu: Nové slovenské písne (New Slovak Songs) - 2. Povedz ze mi, povedz (So tell me)Graham Johnson 2:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen34. Martinu: Nové slovenské písne (New Slovak Songs) - 8. Mala som já rukávce (I had a blouse)Graham Johnson 1:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen35. Janácek: Moravská lidová poesie v písních (Moravian Folk Poetry in Songs) - 17. Komu kytka (Who Is the Posy For?)Graham Johnson 1:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen36. Janácek: Moravská lidová poesie v písních (Moravian Folk Poetry in Songs) - 5. Obrázek milého (A Loverns Picture)Graham Johnson0:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen37. Janácek: Moravská lidová poesie v písních (Moravian Folk Poetry in Songs) - 19. Pérecko (Little Posy)Graham Johnson 1:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen38. Janácek: Moravská lidová poesie v písních (Moravian Folk Poetry in Songs) - 16. Stálost (Constancy)Graham Johnson 1:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen39. Janácek: Moravská lidová poesie v písních (Moravian Folk Poetry in Songs) - Láska (Love)Graham Johnson 1:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen40. Janácek: Moravská lidová poesie v písních (Moravian Folk Poetry in Songs) - 38. Loucení (Parting)Graham Johnson 1:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen41. Janácek: Moravská lidová poesie v písních (Moravian Folk Poetry in Songs) - 18. Konícky milého)Graham Johnson 1:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen42. Dvorák: Dobrú noc, má mila (Good night, my darling) V náradním tónu (In Folk Tone)Graham Johnson 3:43$0.99  Buy MP3 

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  • Performer: Antonin Dvorak, Bohuslav Martinu, Leos Janacek, Magdalena Kozená, Graham Johnson
  • Audio CD (August 8, 2000)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Dg Imports
  • ASIN: B00004SDO1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #80,956 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The composers Antonín Dvorák, Leos Janácek, and Bohuslav Martinu might not be the names that first spring to mind when love songs are mentioned, yet this fascinating collection gives us a taste of what delights we have been missing. They range from seven Moravian folk songs, collected by Janácek at the turn of the century, to songs written by Martinu in the U.S. in 1942. There's also early Martinu--including songs he collected in Slovakia in 1920--plus the world-premiere recording of Songs for a Friend of My Country, a cycle he wrote in France in 1940 on his way to America. All of these songs are of interest in giving us another aspect of each composer's work; most have much more to offer. Many are achingly lovely, especially those by Dvorák--including his Op. 2, a reworking of four songs from a cycle he had written almost 20 years earlier, and Love Songs, a revision of eight songs from the same cycle. "Good night, my darling," from his 1886 cycle In Folk Tone, is worth the price of this CD alone. Czech mezzo Magdalena Kozená, who put together the program, sings with pure, attractive tone. Graham Johnson is her excellent accompanist. --Richard Fawkes

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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By "opernnarr" on August 13, 2000
Format: Audio CD
One can only welcome a disc of little-heard Czech songs sung in the original language (not the more frequently encountered German) by a native speaker. And on DG! All hope is not lost. This is beautiful, often touching music that relies heavily on folk melodies. Czech composers preserve the rhythms of their spoken language in their music; it lends Czech song an immediate, unmistakeable sound that you'll recognize from the first track. The neglected Dvorak "Love Songs" are elegantly passionate. I also particularly liked the unusual Martinu selections. His are refereshingly direct and brief songs, often structured on a single melodic idea, and they keep your attention. This disc (along with others, particularly a recent Dvorak song disc by Eva Urbanova and some older recordings by Lucia Popp) should awaken any song lover's interest in the Czech tradition.
I have reservations, however, about the singer. Her voice is accomplished enough on its own terms: bright, tight vibrato, forwardly placed, and pretty in a pale sort of way. But's she's awfully young (27) and the voice has not matured enough to sustain interest over some 70 minutes of music. It is small in scale and lacks low notes and a strong middle voice, although her upper register is beautiful. Most damagingly, her voice's colors haven't developed, resulting in a tonal monotony that is not the music's fault. Neither has she matured as an interpreter. She sings all forty-two of these songs with more or less the same emotional face: youthful eagerness. The song texts suggest that a more varied set of responses is in order. I also wonder if this voice is best described as a mezzo; she actually sounds uncannily like Lucia Popp.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 4, 2000
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This is the 2nd album of Magdalena Kozena. Her 1st album is Bach Arias from Archiv, and I have noticed her since this 1st album released. I guessed her 2nd album would be a lieder album, but I never dream of lieder by Dvorak, Janacek, Martinu. However, I found them very interesting. I've never heard of these songs because there is few recordings of them. So all of them were new to me. Although each of them are not longer (the longest one is about 4 minutes!), they are beautiful and charming. If you love lieder, I'm sure you'll love it. And there is also world premiere recording. ("Melodies pour une amie de mon pays", that is to say, "Melodies for my friend in my homeland" by Martineau)
Speaking of Kozena, I just love her voice. It reminds me of the lovely Frederica von Stade's voice. And it's hard to believe she was 25 years old when she recorded it. Somebody, wrote a review below, said her voice had not so matured that it's too early for her to record them. I agree with him in that her voice had not matured. But I suppose it's lucky for us to hear her voice maturing year by year. So I'm looking foward to hearing her next solo album.
There are many mezzo-sopranos in our days: Cecilia Bartoli, Olga Borodina, Susan Graham, Angelika Kirschlager, Anne Sofie von Otter, to name but a few. Now we must keep an eye to: Magdalena Kozena.
Well done, Ms. Kozena and Mr. Johnson!
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Matthew J. Williams on December 16, 2001
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Magdalena Kozena is suddenly known around the world, thanks to this stunning disc of 42 lieder from her Czech homeland. Most of the songs are short - some come in under a minute, the longest 3-4 minutes. Each is a little gem and many have never been recorded before.

Kozena's voice is sheer delight. She does have resonances in her voice which are reminiscent of her compatriot, Lucia Popp, but is certainly a mezzo - although she has chosen her repertoire well so we hear no strain at the top. Her low resonances are delightful and consistent with her head voice. To compare Kozena's voice to that of the late diva (Popp), it is more pure, more consistent in tone from top to bottom, and doesn't have so much of the `squeezey' quality which Popp used to great effect in evincing the passion of her characters. Kozena can empty her voice of vibrato or let it out rich and full, and uses all her vocal resources to great effect in contrasting the individual songs. She has astoundingly mature lieder-singer's technique for such a young singer.

This recording rightly won a Gramophone award this year. Kozena deserves all the accolades she receives for this - doubtless all listeners will develop their own favourites from these delightful miniatures.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 5, 2002
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This is simply a magnificent recording. I like it better every time I put it on. The voice is fresh, supple, and expressive. I even find myself trying to learn some of the Czech words (from the translation in the booklet) they sound so nice. Both Kozena and the brilliant piano contributions by Graham Johnson are faithfully caught on the recording. There is enough variety and contrast that one doesn't tire in the least (over the generous 67 minutes of playing time) of hearing these playful, sometimes poignant, songs. One of the best discs, in terms of programming, performance, and sound quality, of the past couple of years.
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