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Janoska Ensemble

The Big B's

Deutsche Grammophon
Release Date: August 5, 2022

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Gold Award - Janoska Style
1 J.S. Bach Concerto for 2 Violins in D minor, BWV 1043 - I Vivace  
2 II Largo, ma non tanto  
3 III Allegro  
4 L. van Beethoven Pathe´tique Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor, Op. 13, 2. Adagio cantabile  
5 J. Brahms Hungarian Dance No. 1 Allegro molto, G minor  
6 F. Janoska Souvenir pour Elise (Based on Beethoven's For Elise)  
7 R. Janoska Buenos Dias, Marco! For my youngest son  
8 B. Bartok Romanian Folk Dances in Janoska Style - I Jocul cu bata  
9 II Braul  
10 III Pe Loc  
11 IV Buciumeana  
12 V Poarga romanesca  
13 VI Maruntel  
14 F. Janoska Bellissima Naomi! Lullaby for my daughter  
15 D. Brubeck Blue Rondo a` la Turk  
16 O. Janoska Bagatelle pour Va-Le. For my two daughters Valentina and Leticia  
17 L. Bernstein Candide. Overture a` la Janoska  
18 F. Janoska 9 Symphonies in 9 Minutes - Paraphrase on Ludwig van Beethoven's 9 Symphonies  
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As broad-ranging and eclectic as its repertoire may be, the Janoska Ensemble always stands for a very special sound that offers audiences an intimate combination of sensuality and sophistication, airiness and precision. This miracle is based on the fact that the interpretations of the Bratislava-born brothers Ondrej, František and Roman Janoska, who have been making music together since childhood, also mysteriously evoke a kind of phylogenetic echo of the joys, sorrows and ecstasies of preceding generations. As a double bass player, Julius Darvas, who married into the dynasty, provides the very special zest that makes our trademark family sound even more appealing. Their sensuous ensemble sound is characterised by the way as a group they constantly oscillate between exploring their origins and curiosity about the unheard and unplayed.

When looking for a basic idea for their third album, the ensemble started from their own strength in improvising. The musicians asked themselves who the greatest improvisers in classical music were and came up with the names Bach, Beethoven and Brahms, whom they view as the main role models for the ensemble, yes, even their patron saints. Then they looked a little into the modern age, and immediately took Bernstein, Bartók and Brubeck on board. Then it was time for the test. With the Janoska Ensemble, playful gestures are also the result of profound reflection and concentrated improvisation by the four musicians. The sensuousness of this music is also a perfect fit for the curvy silhouette of the eponymous Latin letter B, which is originally from the Proto-Sinitic (or Proto-Chinese) alphabet and was used by Canaanite migrant workers around 1700 B.C. In its original form, the B resembled a house with an exit. The Phoenicians referred to the letter as bet, meaning “house.” This is an apt association for an ensemble whose musical foundations were laid some 150 years ago. As with the Proto-Sinitic B, the door remains open. This makes constant change possible. And so the boundaries between what is familiar and what is strange are blurred in a subtle way. Genres and styles sometimes dissolve in a manner that is light-hearted, then soulful.

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