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Janacek, Kabelac, Martinu: Works for Cello & Piano

Janacek, Kabelac, Martinu: Works for Cello & Piano


Janacek:

Pohádka (Fairy Tale) for Cello and Piano

Kabelac:

Sonata for Cello and Piano, Op. 9

Martinu:

Sonata for Cello & Piano No. 2, H. 286

Variations on a Theme of Rossini


Tomáš Jamník (cello) & Ivo Kahánek (piano)

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Janácek, Novák & Nedbal - Sonatas for Violin and Piano

Janácek, Novák & Nedbal - Sonatas for Violin and Piano

Recorded at the Martinu Hall, Academy of Music, Prague, December 8–10, 2008


Janacek:

Violin Sonata

Nedbal:

Sonata for Violin and Piano in B minor, Op. 9

Novák, V:

Sonata for Violin and Piano in D minor


Ivan Ženatý (violin) & Martin Kasík (piano)

Following the highly acclaimed recording of J. B. Foerster’s violin concertos (BBC Symphony Orchestra / Jirí Belohlávek, Supraphon SU 3961-2), the violinist Ivan Ženatý – who has gained international renown as both a virtuoso and pedagogue – and the pianist Martin Kasík have chosen violin sonatas by three Czech composers from the turn of the 20th century. Nedbal’s and Novák’s not overly known and in stylistic terms distinctly romantic works contrast with Janácek’s sonata, an opus of the mature Master whose modernity places it firmly in the 20th century.

In Janácek’s third (yet only preserved) violin sonata there are distinctly “Russian” undertones, reflecting the period it began to originate: the outset of World War I. Novák’s romantically flamboyant sonata was written under Dvorák’s supervision and is clearly influenced by Chopin and Liszt; Novák’s Sturm und Drang is referred to on occasion. Oskar Nedbal’s early work bears witness to his mastery of both instruments and rich melodic invention.

The intensity of the listener’s experience is augmented by the technical bravura and musical maturity with which the two performers have undertaken this repertoire.

“A finely recorded recital from a spirited pair of musicians. …Zenatý and Kasík play with a quick sensitivity about when to simplify, when to intensify the expression.” Gramophone Magazine, October 2009

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Janacek & Haas: String Quartets No. 2

Janacek & Haas: String Quartets No. 2


Haas, P:

String Quartet No. 2, Op. 7 'From the Monkey Mountains'

Janacek:

String Quartet No. 2 'Intimate Letters'


“…what is immediately striking about the present performance is its boldness and originality in terms of tempo contrasts, rhythmic emphasis and textural variety. Not only the playing beyond reproach on technical grounds, but also, more importantly, it conveys with almost graphic immediacy the searing passion the 74-year-old composer felt for Kamila Stösslová. The performers demonstrate a similarly convincing capacity to bring imagery to life in the remarkable Second Quartet by the Janácek pupil Pavel Haas.” BBC Music Magazine, October 2006 *****

“The catalogue is not short of recommendable versions of Janácek's IntimateLetters Quartet. But there are any number of ways of bringing its hyper-passionate declarations off the page, and this young Czech quartet have plenty of ideas of their own about that. Once or twice that leads them into an overcalculated delivery. But try the third movement at 2'58" where, having fined the texture down to a whisper, Janácek gives the first violin an electrifying outburst: it's hard to imagine if that contrast has been made more emotionally real on record.
But then there is the 1925 Second Quartet by the composer whose name the players have adopted. This is the kind of piece that may make you wonder why you haven't heard it before.
After a first movement that tellingly redeploys a number of patent Janácekisms, Haas slips into the grotesque humour of Stravinsky's ThreePieces for String Quartet and once again fashions a structure that transcends reliance on its model.
In the finale whackiness goes a step further, with a rollicking jazz-folk fusion, brilliantly caught here together with the original drum-kit accompaniment that Haas suppressed following adverse criticism at the premiere. The PHQ's streamlined but full-blooded playing is more than welcome, and if they are lining up the first Janácek and the first and third Haas for a followup CD, bravo! Superb recording quality too.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

“Yet these young players stamp their authority on the piece with a technical precision and a searing immediacy that’s rarely if ever been equalled...You’d be disappointed if the quartet that named itself after the composer couldn’t make it a special recording, and it has. Great performances, an imaginative programme, and a superb recording as well. This couldn’t be better.” Andrew McGregor, bbc.co.uk, 18th December 2006

“…try the third movement at 2'58" where, having fined the texture down to a whisper, Janáček gives the first violin an electrifying outburst; if that contrast has been made more emotionally real on record it is certainly not so on the half-dozen LPs and CDs I picked off my shelves. I would almost be inclined to recommend the new disc for this moment alone. But there is the 1925 Second Quartet by the composer whose name the players have adopted. After a first movement that tellingly redeploys a number of patent Janáčekisms, Haas slips into the grotesque humour of Stravinsky's Three Pieces for String Quartet and once again fashions a structure that transcends reliance on its model. In the finale whackiness goes a step further, with a rollicking jazz-folk fusion... the PHQ's streamlined but full-blooded playing more than welcome...” Gramophone Magazine, November 2006

“compelling for its balance of technical mastery and raw emotion” Katherine Cooper, Presto Classical, May 2014

GGramophone Awards 2007

Best of Category - Chamber

Building a Library

First Choice - September 2012

BBC Music Magazine

Chamber Choice - October 2006

BBC Music Magazine Awards 2007

Best Newcomer

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Janacek - Complete Orchestral Music Volume 1

Janacek - Complete Orchestral Music Volume 1


Janacek:

Lachian Dances

Suite for string orchestra, JW 6/2

Idyll for String Orchestra


Philharmonia Brno, František Jílek

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Janacek - Complete Orchestral Music Volume 3

Janacek - Complete Orchestral Music Volume 3


Janacek:

Sinfonietta

The Danube, symphonic poem

Violin Concerto 'Pilgrimage of the Soul'

Ivan Zenatý (violin)

Schluch und Jau, music for Gerhart Hauptmann's play

Karolína Dvoráková (soprano)


Philharmonia Brno, František Jílek

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Janacek: From the House of the Dead

Janacek: From the House of the Dead


Václav Bednár (Goryantchikov), Beno Blachut (Luka Morosoff), Ivo Žídek (Skuratov), Premysl Kocí (Young Prisoner), Jaroslav Striska (Tall Prisoner), Helena Tattermuschová (Alyeya), Jaroslav Horácek (Camp Commandant)

Prague National Theater Chorus and Orchestra, Bohumil Gregor

This is the first CD release of the legendary 1964 production of Janácek’s last opera by Bohumil Gregor and soloists of the National Theater.

The vinyl release was awarded the prestigious Grand Prix du disque lyrique in Paris in 1978. The cast and direction of the recording refl ect the National Theater production which premiered in April, 1964, breaking new ground in the interpretation of this work.

Janácek wrote his last opera towards the very end of his life, and it wasn’t premiered until 1930, two years after his death. He sketched out the script and wrote the libretto himself, basing it on Dostoevsky’s novel The House of the Dead, which takes place in a Siberian prison camp, describing the fates of individual prisoners.

The work is full of immense compassion for human suffering in that each of the stories demonstrates that a harsh environment and poverty were the main causes of the prisoners’crimes.

This well-preserved recording not only presents a period interpretation of Janácek’s work and the superior quality of the National Theater ensemble, but also an extraordinary musical experience, thanks to the unforgettable vocal performances.

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Janacek: Glagolitic Mass & Sinfonietta

Janacek: Glagolitic Mass & Sinfonietta


Janacek:

Glagolitic Mass

Libuse Domaninska (soprano), Marie Jurenova (contralto), Josef Valka (tenor), Jaroslav Hromadka (bass), Frantisek Michalek (organ)

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Moravian Academic Singing Association, The Vach Moravian Lady Teachers' Choir

Sinfonietta

Brno Radio Symphony Orchestra


Bretislav Bakala

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Janacek: Glagolitic Mass & Taras Bulba

Janacek: Glagolitic Mass & Taras Bulba


Janacek:

Glagolitic Mass

Taras Bulba


Eduard Haken (bass), Vera Soukupova (contralto), Beno Blachut (tenor), Libuse Domaninska (soprano), Jaroslav Vodrazka (organ)

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Prague Philharmonic Choir (=Czech Philharmonic Chorus), Karel Ancerl, Josef Veselka

Building a Library

First Choice - February 2003

Building a Library

First Choice - April 2005

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Janacek: Glagolitic Mass & The Eternal Gospel

Janacek: Glagolitic Mass & The Eternal Gospel


Janacek:

Glagolitic Mass

The Eternal Gospel


Prague Philharmonic Choir & Prague RSO, Tomáš Netopil

Brand new recording of a Janacek masterpiece, along with a lesser know gem!

In the wake of the highly acclaimed recording of Janáček’s symphonic works (SU41312) which was an Editor’s Choice in Gramophone, August 2013, Tomáš Netopil and the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra have focused on the composer’s choral pieces.

The Glagolitic Mass is a well known work, yet not in the composer’s original “September 1927” version, as it was performed at the premiere in Brno, which has been recorded for the very first time for this CD. It is fascinating to observe how many distinct traits of Janáček’s expressive musical language have vanished from the work as a result of its later modifications.

The Eternal Gospel, on the other hand, is a piece virtually unknown worldwide (the only previous Supraphon recording was made almost fifty years ago). Janáček was inspired by, and created the libretto on the basis of, Jaroslav Vrchlický’s poem about the medieval monk Joachim de Fiore, to whom an angel appeared, bringing tidings of the arrival of a realm of love. Janáček worked on the piece concurrently with the opera The Excursion of Mr. Brouček to the Moon and completed it in the spring of 1914, a few months prior to the outbreak of World War I.

Netopil’s new recording may facilitate bringing the remarkable work back to concert stages. A premiere recording of the Glagolitic Mass’s original version.

“Raw and thrilling, this is Janácek’s Glagolitic Mass in its never-before-recorded original 1927 version, later toned down by the composer for practical rather than aesthetic reasons. It’s performed with suitably full-throated vigour by Czech forces under Tomas Netopil.” The Times, 4th October 2014 ****

“Netopil's performance seethes with nervous energy, his soloists are dedicated, and so are his chorus and orchestra...The Eternal Gospel hasn't been recorded in aeons...Again, the performance is excellent.” Gramophone Magazine, October 2014

“Elements of drama and complex discourse that had to be toned down in the interests of performers also assert themselves with a special impact here, with chorus and soloists fearless and forthright in expression and the orchestra dynamic and propulsive. The Eternal Gospel of 1914 makes for a radiant coupling.” The Telegraph, 4th November 2014 ****

“It’s rawer, more stringent, and more confrontational than what we are used to hearing now, and even more difficult to perform; many of the revisions that Janáček made were to reduce the demands on the singers and players, and he took away some of the piece’s wildness in the process. The performance is a nicely detailed one, with adequate rather than outstanding soloists.” The Guardian, 5th November 2014 ***

“Netopil directs an excellent performance which, appropriately enough, reflects the operatic world of The Cunning Little Vixen and the Excursions of Mr Broucek...[the Credo] is beautifully shaped and genuinely thrilling. If not entirely perfect, this reading, along with a fine performance of The Eternal Gospel is well worth investigating.” BBC Music Magazine, January 2015 ****

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - October 2014

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Janacek: Glagolitic Mass and Taras Bulba

Janacek: Glagolitic Mass and Taras Bulba


Janacek:

Glagolitic Mass

Taras Bulba

Jealousy (original prelude to Jenufa)


“What is in fact performed here is the rarely heard original version… at its most striking in the Credo: its dramatic portrayal of the earthquake and storm unleashed at Jesus's death is realised not merely by the usual manic organ solo, but also by the ferocious roar of multiple timpani and howling strings. ...is the highpoint of this live 1996 performance, as it should be, though elsewhere Janáček's gloriously rich and strange choral music also tells thanks to the well-drilled Prague Philharmonic Choir. The companion items, performed in 2003, receive more polished and dramatically alive accounts, matched with more imaginative camera work.” BBC Music Magazine, October 2005

“…a splendid disc, offering outstanding performances, well filmed against the background of the Dvořák Hall, not just of the Glagolitic Mass but also of Jealousy, the original orchestral prelude for the opera Jenůfa, and the three-movement symphonic poem Taras Bulba-two works that require background information for full appreciation. Sir Charles is in energetic form and the Czech forces bring extra idiomatic authenticity, with high dramatic contrasts well caught and the important timpani part given full force.” Gramophone Magazine, December 2005

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