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Martinu: Field Mass

Martinu: Field Mass


Martinu:

Field Mass

Vaclav Zitek (baritone)

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Prague Philharmonic Choir

Double Concerto for Strings, Piano & Timpani

Josef Ruzicka (piano), Jan Bouse (timpani)

Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra

Les Fresques de Piero della Francesca, H. 352

Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra


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Liszt: Symphonic Poems Vol. 1

Liszt: Symphonic Poems Vol. 1


Liszt:

Les Préludes, symphonic poem No. 3, S97

RIAS Sinfonie Orchester, Berlin, Ferenc Fricsay

Tasso, Lamento e trionfo, symphonic poem No. 2, S96

Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, Stanislav Macura

Mazeppa, symphonic poem No. 6, S100

Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Die Ideale, symphonic poem No. 12, S106

Sinfonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Rafael Kubelik


Both the term symphonic poem and the form itself were invented by Franz Liszt, who in works such as Les Préludes (1848; after Alphonse de Lamartine’s Méditations poétiques) used thematic transformation to parallel the poetic emotions. That’s true again with Byron (Tasso, lamento e trionfo), Schiller (Die Ideale) and Victor Hugo (Mazeppa). A winning quartet!

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Tribute to Zdenek Kosler

Tribute to Zdenek Kosler


Bartók:

Dance Suite, BB 86, Sz. 77

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra

Borkovec:

START, symphonic allegro for large orchestra

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra

Honegger:

Concertino for Piano & Orchestra

Boris Krajny (piano)

Prague Symphony Orchestra

Janacek:

Sinfonietta

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra

Martinu:

Parables after the poems by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry & Georges Neveu

Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra

Milhaud:

Symphony No. 10, Op. 382

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra

Prokofiev:

Scythian Suite, Op. 20

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra

Smetana:

The Bartered Bride Overture

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra

Stravinsky:

Petrushka

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra


Zdeněk Košler , Czech conductor and accomplished disciple of Karel Ancerl, was never happier than when directing Smetana's Dalibor or Libuše, or Dvořák’s Jakobin. His love of opera did not detract from his meticulous and inspired conducting of orchestral music, whose modernity was not as readily appreciated by the general public. Although a distinguished Mozartian, he only ventured into his magic world in Solvakia. The programme presented here provides proof of his extraordinary lucidity, appreciated by connoisseurs of his Dvořák, Martinů, Prokofiev or Shostakovich. He tended to let other conductors of the Czech Philharmonic shine with Smetana, Dvořák and Suk, his achievements focusing on more challenging (non Slavic) repertoires by Wagner, Roussel or Bartók..

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Dvorak: Symphony No. 7 & Symphonic Poems

Dvorak: Symphony No. 7 & Symphonic Poems


Dvorak:

Symphony No. 7 in D minor, Op. 70

Rudolfinum Dvorak Hall Prague, Oct 1964

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Zdenek Kosler

The Heirs of the White Mountain, Op. 30, B134

Rudolfinum Dvorak Hall Prague, Jan 1972

Prague Symphony Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic Choir, Zdenek Kosler

The Water Goblin, Op. 107 (B195)

Rudolfinum Dvorak Hall Prague, 19-20 Sept 1961

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Zdenek Chalabala

The Noon Witch, Op. 108 (B196)

Rudolfinum Dvorak Hall Prague, 19-20 Sept 1961

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Zdenek Chalabala

The Golden Spinning Wheel, Op. 109

Rudolfinum Dvorak Hall Prague, 19-20 Sept 1961

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Zdenek Chalabala

The Wild Dove, Op. 110 (B198)

Rudolfinum Dvorak Hall Prague, 12-14 Oct 1964

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Zdenek Chalabala

The Hero's Song, Op. 111

Czechoslovak Radio, Prague, Studio 1, Oct 1961

Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra/, Alois Klima


This collection of famous and not so famous works by Dvorák represents a Bohemian legacy, inspired by tales like Erben’s Bouquet or national milestones like the battle of the White Mountain which stood testament to the destruction of the Czech nobility and the domination of the kingdom by the Habsburgs for 300 years.

“Generous anthology of, mostly stereo, studio recordings...Vivid accoounts by Chalabala of the our tone poems.” BBC Music Magazine, April 2017 ****

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Moments of Arrival

Moments of Arrival


Linda Lister (soprano)

Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, Coro di Praga

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Janacek: Orchestral Suites from the Operas

Janacek: Orchestral Suites from the Operas


Janacek:

Jenufa – Suite

arr. Tomáš Ille

Káta Kabanová (Suite)

arr. Jaroslav Smolka

Fate Suite


Janáček was one of the most distinguished composers of the 20th century, with his operas enjoying particular renown all over the world. Yet he has bequeathed us precious few pieces for independent symphony orchestra. Hence, a number of conductors (Václav Talich, followed by František Jílek, Sir Charles Mackerras and others) have striven to expand this limited repertoire by creating suites from his operas. The present recording features such treatments of his three major musical dramas.

Jenufa was the first opera to be set to a prose text. The currently globally celebrated piece reflected the sorrow Janáček felt after the death of his two beloved children and gave rise to a deep personal crisis, when in 1903 the National Theatre in Prague declined to stage the piece on the grounds that it was of dubious artistic quality. In Fate, Janáček experimented with and explored the potentialities of the musical---dramatic form itself. Similarly to Jenufa, it too met with rejection and would only be premiered 30 years after the composer’s death. Katya Kabanova is one of the greatest Janáček works and one of the most beautiful lyric operas of the 20th century and beyond. The CD presents Janáček’s singular musical idiom in suites from his three pivotal operas. The artists featured on the recording, the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra and the conductor Tomáš Netopil, have garnered acclaim with two previous Janáček projects (Sinfonietta, Taras Bulba, etc., SU4131; Glagolitic Mass, The Eternal Gospel, SU 4150), both of them voted Gramophone Editor’s Choice.

“they’re medleys of big themes and interludes in which vocal parts are sometimes replaced by instruments...which are played by the Prague orchestra under Tomáš Netopil with weighty carefulness...but there is detail and richness in the playing that feels very much at home.” The Guardian, 22nd September 2016 ***

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Shostakovich: Three Last Works

Shostakovich: Three Last Works


Shostakovich:

Symphony No. 15 in A major, Op. 141

live, Prague 29/11/1979

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Eduard Serov

Suite on verses by Michelangelo Buonarroti, for bass & orchestra, Op. 145a

live, Prague May 1980

Sergei Kopcak (bass)

Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, Frantisek Vajnar

Novorosiisk Chimes, Op. 111b

Novorossiisk, 27/9/1960

Radio-TV USSR Symphony, Arvid Jansons


Ever the humorist, Shostakovich delighted in placing references to his works and of other composers in his final, Fifteenth Symphony: in addition to the cryptic references to his own music, it includes an outburst of Rossini's 'William Tell' Overture in the first movement; allusions to Mikhail Glinka and Gustav Mahler; and the use of Richard Wagner's 'Fate' leitmotif from the Ring Cycle.

There is little humour however in the orchestral version of the 'Michelangelo Suite': a cycle profoundly personal and deeply felt.

'Novorossiisk Chimes' (also known as The Flame of Eternal Glory or The Fire of Eternal Glory), Op. 111b, was written in 1960 for the war memorial in the city of Novorossiisk. The piece consists, mainly, of material Shostakovich had originally written in 1943 as an entry in a contest to compose a new national anthem for the USSR. The opening phrases have also been used as introductory music for Moscow Radio's late-night news program CKACWH.

“you can hear the wonderful chamber sound of this late symphony where Shostakovich reinvents himself … a very decent recording.” CD Review, 9th July 2016

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František Stupka

František Stupka


Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra, František Stupka

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Compliments: Lukáš Hurník

Compliments: Lukáš Hurník


Hurnik, L:

Variations on the Theme by Frank Zappa

Katerina Pavilkova (saxophone), Pavel Fiedler (saxophone)

Prague Philharmonia, Jiří Bělohlávek

Serenade for Strings 'Constellations'

Talich Chamber Orchestra, Tomas Netopil

Trigon - Concerto for violin and two orchestras

Roman Patocka (violin)

Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, Vladimir Valek

Upside-down Variations on the Mozart's Theme

Herold String Quartet

On the Way from Litomyšl

Philharmonia Hradec Králové, Marek Stilec


Lukáš Hurník belongs to the middle generation of Czech artists, his work synthesizes the ideas of rock music and classical music . The most is this fact reflected in the composition Variations on a Theme of Frank Zappa. Compact disc captures a few of the larger orchestral pieces in the submission of the outstanding orchestras and performers, including conductor Jiri Belohlavek , Vladimir Valek or Tomas Netopil. An interesting look at contemporary Czech music.

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Dvorak: Alfred

Dvorak: Alfred


Jörg Sabrowski (vocals), Tilmann Unger (tenor), Ferdinand von Bothmer (tenor), Petra Froese (soprano), Felix Rumpf (bass), Peter Mikuláš (bass), Jarmila Baxová (soprano)

Symfonický orchestr Českého rozhlasu, Český filharmonický sbor Brno, Heiko Mathias Förster

The world premiere recording of the opera Alfred, by central Czech musical figure and composer of the New World Symphony, Antonín Dvořák, is a monumental event of great scholarly interest for experts and the general public alike.

This Wagnerian-style opera originated in 1870, and was performed and recorded for the first time as written (i.e. in the German language) in Prague's premiere acoustical venue: the Dvořák Hall at the Rudolfínum. The critical edition of the score and materials were prepared by a team of leading Dvořák scholars.

The recording features premiere Wagnerian singers, as well as the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic Choir, and conductor Heiko Mathias Förster.

“Heiko Matthias Förster deserves praise for revealing the vitality of the piece.” Gramophone Magazine, June 2015

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