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Clara Novakova 20th-Century Music for Flute (Martinu, Kabelac, Grossmann, Macha, Havelka, Novak)

Magazine article Czech Music

Clara Novakova 20th-Century Music for Flute (Martinu, Kabelac, Grossmann, Macha, Havelka, Novak)

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Clara Novakova 20th-Century Music for Flute (Martinu, Kabelac, Grossmann, Macha, Havelka, Novak)

Clara Novakova -- flute, Jean-Bernard Marie -- piano

(in Martinu, Grossmann, Macha, Novak). Production: Lukas Herink. Text: C, A.

Recorded: 24.-27. 10. 2005, Studio 1, Czech Radio, Prague. Released: 2006.

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TT: 77:59. DDD. 1 CD LH Promotion 7 1771 009-06.

The children of great composers often follow in their footsteps and become performers of their music. Examples are ready to hand--Maxim Shostakovich, Marcus Stockhausen and, in this case, Clara Novakova. Clara Novakova is one of the two daughters of the composer Jan Novak (1921-1984), born in Nova Rise. He is a composer whose works are rarely performed today. Although he was the pupil of Pavel Borkovec, Aaron Copland and Bohuslav Martinu, he never achieved anything like the recognition in public consciousness attained by his older classmate Vitezslava Kapralova. The reason lies in the official cultural policy of the 1950s and 1960s, which Novak unwaveringly opposed, and which ultimately forced him to leave Czechoslovakia in 1968. His intelligence, education, razor-sharp irony and very precise vision of the work made him an inconvenient individual who mocked every dogmatism and collectivising trend of his day. Twenty years of forced silence did nothing for his work and today he is almost unknown in this country. Nonetheless, he wrote music of exceptional quality which needs to be accorded the recognition it deserves. His daughter flautist Clara Novakova is playing an important part in the process. Coupled with her gifts, her outstanding education (Musikhochschule Stuttgart and Conservatoire National Superieur in Paris) has made her one of the most sought-after interpreters of the music of the 20th century, including that of her father. …

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