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Zdenek Antonin Vaclav Fibich (1850-1900)

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Fibich: Music for Violin & Piano

Fibich: Music for Violin & Piano


Fibich:

Sonatina for Violin and Piano, Op. 27

Violin Sonata in D major

Romance for Violin and Piano, Op. 10

Clear Night for Violin and Piano

Song without Words for Two Violins and Piano

Concert Polonaise for Violin and Piano


Josef Suk (violin), Josef Hala (piano)

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Fibich: Sárka

Fibich: Sárka


Marie Podvalová (Šárka), Lubomír Havlák (Ctirad), Václav Bednár (Prince Premysl), Marta Krásová (Vlasta), Milada Šubrtová (Libyna), Miloslava Fidlerová (Svatava), Jaroslava Vymazalová (Mlada), Ludmila Hanzalíková (Radka), Marie Zalabáková (Hosta), Jaroslava Dobrá (Castava) & Jaroslav Veverka (Vitoraz)

Prague National Theatre Orchestra & Prague National Theatre Opera Chorus, Zdenek Chalabala

The opera Šárka could be termed a joint work of deep love and feeling. Zdenek Fibich composed it at the end of the 19th century to the libretto of Anežka Schulzová, his pupil and love of his life.

The story of Šárka loosely links up to the action of the festive opera Libuše, created by Bedrich Smetana. It depicts the outbreak of the so-called Maidens’ War following the death of the mythical Princess, when women wanted to regain the privileges they had once enjoyed under Libuše’s reign.

Šárka was premiered on 28 December 1897 on the stage of the National Theatre in Prague with Adolf Cech conducting and impressive costume designs by Mikoláš Aleš. Within the Czech Opera Treasures series, our CD presents the hitherto unreleased 1953 recording of the piece conducted by Zdenek Chalabala, who invited the legendary soprano Marie Podvalová to portray Šárka and the heroic tenor Lubomír Havlák to render the role of Ctirad.

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Bohemian Impressions

Bohemian Impressions


Dvorak:

Czech Suite, Op. 39: Preludium & Romance

In Nature's Realm Overture, Op. 91

Fibich:

At Twilight, Symphonic Poem for Orchestra, Op. 39

Janacek:

Pilky (No. 6 from Lachian Dances)

The Cunning Little Vixen: Introduction

Martinu:

Bouquet of Flowers. A cycle of Compositions to Folk Texts for Mixed (Children´s) Choirs, Soloists and Small Orchestra, H. 260

Novák, V:

Slovácká svita, Op. 32: The Amorous Couple

Slovácká svita, Op. 32: The Country Musicians

Smetana:

Má Vlast: Z ceských luhu a háju

Suk:

A Summer's Tale, Op. 29: Intermezzo – Blind Musicians


The names of Bedřich Smetana, Antonín Dvořák, Leoš Janáček and Bohuslav Martinů are rightly synonymous with the global fame of Czech music. And it was frequently the compositions inspired by the beauty of the beloved homeland (and its folk music) that brought its creators to the attention of listeners worldwide.

A case in point is Smetana’s My Country, yet other composers too reflected the land of their heart, its natural and folk motifs in their works (Janáček’s Lachian Dances, Novák’s Moravian-Slovak Suite, Dvořák’s Czech Suite, Martinů’s Bouquet of Flowers, etc.). Bohemian Impressions is a selection of the most beautiful melodies that grew out of this inspiration – a gallery of images and reminiscences from the places where one feels most alive and keeps returning to.

Amid the wide harmonies – how wide are the horizons seen from the Vysočina hills? – flash the sparks of lively colours with which a composer let himself be carried away by the rhythms of folk dances at a village ball. This is a musical landscape singing of love, colours, scents and tranquillity; a landscape in which you will feel alive. The most beautiful music from Bohemian fields and groves – a landscape of the heart to which we keep returning.

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Czech Opera Rarities

Czech Opera Rarities

Baritone arias from lesser-known Czech operas


Bendl:

Ó ještě čekat...V líbezném klínu (from Lejla)

Dvorak:

Přichází v šraňky...Hory, kde les vroubí zelený (from Vanda)

Fibich:

Jsem-li hříčka v moci pekla (from Hedy)

Foerster, J:

O lásko, zdroji žití (from Jessika)

Myslivecek:

Siam passegieri erranti (from Abramo e Isaco)

Nápravník:

Kdo věřil by (from Dubrovskij)

Novák, V:

Je-li nutno, pane vévodo...Svatý Václave (from Karlštejn)

Ostrčil:

Šum háje, jara vonný dech (from The Death of Vlasta)

Pauer, J:

A co je nového...Láska k životu (from Zuzana Vojířová)

Rozkošný:

Anděli jasný, z krajů tajemných (from The Rapids of Saint John)

Šebor:

V slunci lásky jsem se zhlížel...Zprávu ti přináším (from The Templars in Moravia)

Skuherský:

Aj hle, k tmavému nábřeží (from Lora)

Smetana:

Tvůj obraz, dívko (from Branibori v Cecháach)

Zvonař:

A mlčel k tomu bohů hněv (from Záboj)


Ivan Kusjner (baritone)

Ivan Kusnjer has rightly been awarded the title of “King of Czech Singers” by the music critics. The fruits of his single-minded work are worthy of admiration: successes at international voice competitions, guest appearances on opera stages worldwide (Berliner Staatsoper, Wiener Staatsoper, Teatro la Fenice, La Scala, Teatro Real, Théâtre Châtelet, Opéra-Bastille, etc.) and in prestigious concert halls (Albert Hall, Barbican, Carnegie Hall, Suntory Hall), collaboration with renowned conductors (Mackerras, Albrecht, Harnoncourt, Gardiner, Pešek, Kout, Bělohlávek, etc.), the remarkable range of operatic roles he has portrayed (primarily for the National Theatre in Prague), songs and cantatas he has performed, as well as numerous accolades he has received (the 2001 Gustav Mahler European Prize, three Thalia Awards)...

A special chapter is Ivan Kusnjer’s keen interest in lesser-known Czech operas. Works linked with the time of their origin only rarely pass the test of time. Yet the carefully prepared selection on this album indicates just how much interesting music remains in the archives, and the recording is hence a must for all opera lovers.

The CD comprises previously unreleased arias, as masterfully performed by Ivan Kusnjer.

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Dvorák, Fibich & Martinu - Piano Trios

Dvorák, Fibich & Martinu - Piano Trios


Dvorak:

Piano Trio No. 1 in B flat major, Op. 21 (B51)

Fibich:

Piano Trio in F minor

Martinu:

Piano Trio No. 2 in D minor, H327


Smetana Trio

“As with their previous recordings, there is nothing routine about the Smetana Trio's approach to this engaging repertoire. The performance of the Dvorák Trio is perhaps the most remarkable. The first movement has breadth as well as, in the delightful second melody, infectious bounce; the soulful Adagio is genuinely moving and the finale splendidly rounded...” BBC Music Magazine, November 2007 ****

“Not surprisingly, the performance by the Smetana Trio – cellist Jan Pálenícek is the son of the original Smetana Trio pianist, Josef – is thoroughly idiomatic, with the many dumka speed-changes sounding totally natural and spontaneous. What instantly strikes the ear is the delicacy, the piano relatively light to bring out the filigree textures of much of the writing.” Gramophone Magazine

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Famous Czech Miniatures

Famous Czech Miniatures


Blodek:

Moonrise from the opera In the Well

Dvorak:

Humoresque in G flat major, Op. 101 No. 7

Waltz in A major (No. 1 from Waltzes, Op. 54)

Fibich:

Poème

Foerster, J:

Polka from the Opera Deborah, Op. 41

Janacek:

Pilky (No. 6 from Lachian Dances)

Kovarovic:

Miners' Polka

Nedbal:

The Tale of Simple Johnny: Valse triste

Novák, V:

Devil's Polka, Op. 55, No. 21

Smetana:

Nasim devám, polka for orchestra in D major

March of the Prague Student Legion

Suk:

Love Song, Op. 7 No. 1


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Famous Czech Opera Duets

Famous Czech Opera Duets


Dvorak:

We have wandered in foreign lands (from The Jacobin)

Do you still know me, lover? (from Rusalka)

Fibich:

Woe! Help me! (from Sárka)

Janacek:

But what now? Who will save my child? (from Jenufa)

Smetana:

Behold! Now from the misty veils just formed (from Libuse)

Nuze, mily chasniku (from The Bartered Bride)

Faithful love cannot be marred (from The Bartered Bride)

We shall make a graceful little bear of you (from The Bartered Bride)

Dalibor, I beg your pardon (from Dalibor)


Eva Urbanová (soprano)

Janacek Philharmonic Orchestra of Europe, Frantisek Preisler

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Josef Suk - Romance

Josef Suk - Romance


Beethoven:

Romances Nos. 1 & 2 for violin and orchestra

Berlioz:

Reverie et Caprice, Op. 8

Dvorak:

Romance in F minor, Op. 11

Fibich:

Romance in B flat major for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 10

instrumantation Anatol Provazník

Svendsen:

Romance for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 26

Tchaikovsky:

Sérénade Mélancolique for Violin & Orchestra in B minor, Op. 26

Wieniawski:

Violin Concerto No. 2 in D minor, Op. 22: Romance


When the violin maestro Josef Suk, celebrating his 80th birthday this year, recorded for Supraphon a CD of Antonín Dvorák’s and Josef Suk’s chamber works (SU 3976-2) last year, the reviewers marvelled at the album’s intimate mood, tone and interpretational directness. These attributes are also characteristic of his latest release, “Romance”. On these 30-year-old recordings, Suk is backed by the two finest Czech orchestras. The album is abounding in the very qualities synonymous with Suk’s illustrious name: the beautiful, mellow and cultivated tone of his Stradivarius, sparkling technique and depth of feeling. These pieces by Czech and foreign composers are as though tailored to Suk’s virtuosity.

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Little Pearls of Czech Classics

Little Pearls of Czech Classics


Dvorak:

Humoresque in G flat major, Op. 101 No. 7

Polonaise (from the opera Rusalka)

Fibich:

At Twilight, Symphonic Poem for Orchestra, Op. 39

Fucik:

Florentiner Marsch

Janacek:

Pilky (No. 6 from Lachian Dances)

Martinu:

Bouquet of Flowers: Idyll

Nedbal:

The Tale of Simple Johnny: Valse triste

Novák, V:

Slovácká svita, Op. 32: The Amorous Couple

Smetana:

The Bartered Bride Overture

The Bartered Bride: Polka

The Kiss Overture

Suk:

Towards a New Life, Op. 35c


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