Soiree: Magdalena Kozena & Friends | Pentatone PTC5186671

Soiree: Magdalena Kozena & Friends


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Label: Pentatone

Cat No: PTC5186671

Format: SACD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 13th September 2019



Soirée captures the atmosphere of informal, domestic music making. Czech star mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kožená offers an intimate and highly personal collection of international songs together with an outstanding group of musical friends, including Sir Simon Rattle, who makes his recording debut as a pianist.

The German lied is represented by Brahms (Two Songs, op.91 and Five Ophelia Songs, WoO22) and Strauss (Morgen!), the French chanson by Chausson (Chanson perpétuelle) and Ravel (Chansons madécasses), and 20th-century avant-gardism with Stravinsky’s Three Songs from William Shakespeare. In between these explorations, Kožená revisits her musical roots with a selection of Dvořák songs, arranged by Duncan Ward, as well as Janáček’s Nursery Rhymes.

Soirée is the second release of Magdalena Kožená’s exclusive collaboration with PENTATONE, after having presented the baroque cantatas recital album Il giardino dei sospiri in 2019.


It’s a pleasure to hear solo voice with various combinations of string quartet, flute (Kaspar Zehnder), clarinet (Andrew Marriner), a break from usual recital fare. Kožená’s versatility, and strength in French and Czech repertoire especially, shine through.  Fiona Maddocks
The Observer 15 September 2019

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