JAROSLAV KRCEK (b.1939): Symphony No. 4 "Desiderata", From Stones to Bread for Speaker, Tenor, Mezzo-Soprano and Orchestra.
Catalogue Number: 05L102
Reference: UP 0115-2
Description: From Stones to Bread draws on texts from Rudolf Steiner and the Bible in the composer's libretto, a statement of his personal faith in the redemption of a corrupt, fallen Mankind through the love of God. Krcek's idiom is very approachable, with eloquent, pleading vocal solo sections, an expressive spoken part and a fundamentally tonal vocabulary not infrequently reminiscent of Janacek, with a faintly Eastern modality likely derived from the composer's researches in folk musics. The work as a whole is emotionally charged and affecting, somewhat in the manner of the 'new spirituality'. The symphony is preceded by a reading of the 'Desiderata'(Go placidly amidst the noise and haste . . .) and its four movements illustrate aspects of the desired spiritual state of the faithful, warmly tonal, with springy post-minimalistic rhythms alternating with contemplative meditativeness and a similar harmonic palette to that of the oratorio. Czech-English texts. Edita Adlerová (mezzo), Richard Samek (tenor), Alfréd Strejcek (speaker), Pilsen Radio Symphony Orchestra; Jaroslav Krcek.