Editors’ Notes Janáček’s works for piano, written between 1900 and 1912, are his most intimate statements. Leaving aside surface virtuosity, the Czech composer instead paints miniature portraits packed with color and local flavor. Listen, for instance, for his imitation in On the Overgrown Path of the cimbalom’s chiming tones—a traditional instrument the composer heard as he traveled, collecting Moravian folk tunes. The later In the Mist possesses a melancholy stemming from Janáček’s grief at the death of his daughter, in addition to deep self-doubt. It’s clear that Jan Bartoš understands Janáček’s troubled world: His performance of the “Andantino” is unrivaled in its poignancy. But there’s also abundant joy in this music, and Bartoš revels in it.

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Piano Sonata No. 1 in E-Flat Minor
Piano Sonata No. 1 in E-Flat Minor: I. The Presentiment. Con moto
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Piano Sonata No. 1 in E-Flat Minor: II. Death. Adagio
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On the Overgrown Path, First Serie
On the Overgrown Path, First Serie: No. 1, Our Evenings. Moderato - Tenderly
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On the Overgrown Path, First Serie: No. 2, A Blow Away Leaf. Andante
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On the Overgrown Path, First Serie: No. 3, Come with Us! Andante
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On the Overgrown Path, First Serie: No. 4, The Frýdek Madonna. Grave
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On the Overgrown Path, First Serie: No. 5, They Chattered Like Swalows. Con moto
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On the Overgrown Path, First Serie: No. 6, Words Fail! Andante
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On the Overgrown Path, First Serie: No. 7, Good Night! Andante
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On the Overgrown Path, First Serie: No. 8, Unutterable Anguish. Andante
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On the Overgrown Path, First Serie: No. 9, In Tears. Larghetto
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On the Overgrown Path, First Serie: No. 10, The Barn Owl Has Not Flown Away! Andante
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On the Overgrown Path, Second Serie
On the Overgrown Path, Second Serie: No. 1, Andante
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On the Overgrown Path, Second Serie: No. 2, Allegretto - Presto
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In the Mist
In the Mist: No. 1, Andante
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In the Mist: No. 2, Molto adagio
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In the Mist: No. 3, Andantino
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In the Mist: No. 4, Presto. Meno mosso
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Thema con variazioni
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Reminiscence. Con moto
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