Iva Bittová is one of the few Czech artists who have made a successful career abroad. Her new CD “Zvon” (The Bell) is a large-scale project exploring a broad range of sound. It comprises some older as well as some more recent compositions from Bittová´s reper­toire arranged for a symphonic orchestra. The arrangements are by Petr Ostrouchov, a producer and film-score composer, and the composer, pianist and producer Beata Hlavenková. The studio recordings present a fresh combination of the original compositions’ minimalistic structure with the multi-layered sound of an orchestra and solo instruments. This is a colourful, dynamic music influenced by many various genres and styles.

 

Album consist of:

  1. Prolog (Petr Ostrouchov)
  2. Zelený víneček (lidová, úprava Iva Bittová, aranžmá Petr Ostrouchov)
  3. Elida (Iva Bittová / Vera Chase, aranžmá Beata Hlavenková)
  4. Zapískej (Vladimír Václavek & Iva Bittová / Vladimír Václavek, aranžmá Petr Ostrouchov)
  5. Sirka v louži (Iva Bittová & Vladimír Václavek / Bohuslav Reynek, aranžmá Beata Hlavenková)
  6. Peřiny (Iva Bittová & Pavel Fajt / J.A.Pitínský, aranžmá Petr Ostrouchov)
  7. Paraskeva (Iva Bittová / Hana Evans, aranžmá Beata Hlavenková)
  8. Uspávanka (Vladimír Václavek & Iva Bittová / Jan Skácel, aranžmá Petr Ostrouchov)
  9. V černém (Jiří Kolšovský / Karel David, aranžmá Beata Hlavenková)
  10. Zvon (Vladimír Václavek & Iva Bittová / Vladimír Václavek, aranžmá Petr Ostrouchov)
  11. Větvička (Iva Bittová & Vladimír Václavek / Libor Kadlec, aranžmá Petr Ostrouchov)
  12. Epilog (Beata Hlavenková)

 

Iva Bittová – voice, violin, viola
Prague Philharmonia, conducted by David Švec
Vladimír Václavek – acoustic guitar
David Dorůžka – electric guitar, acoustic guitar
Jaromír Honzák – acoustic bass
Miloš Dvořáček – drums, kalimba and percussions
Oskar Török – trumpet
Beata Hlavenková – piano, celeste, voice
Petr Ostrouchov – acoustic guitar, celeste, percussions, harp, piano, mandolin, jew´s harp, voice
Monika Knoblochová – harpsichord
Mario Mesany – crumhorns, tromba marina
Jan Čižmář – baroque lute
Lubomír Kovařík – piccolo trumpet
Vlastimil Bičík – piano
Lenka Dusilová – voice
Schola Gregoriana Pragensis, artistic director David Eben – voices
Grunik – voices

Recorded by Milan Cimfe, Pavel Bohatý and Pavel Karlík (Sono Records, Nouzov/CZ)
Mixed by Milan Cimfe, Petr Ostrouchov and Beata Hlavenková (Sono Records, Nouzov/CZ)
Mastered by Tony Cousins (Metropolis Mastering, London/UK)

Album is released with support of the Czech Republic Ministry of Culture and City of Prague Office (Magistrát hl. města Prahy) and sponsored by Nano Energies, Mazars a Vyšehrad 2000.