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Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-93)

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Tchaikovsky & Dvorak - Piano Trios

Tchaikovsky & Dvorak - Piano Trios


Dvorak:

Piano Trio No. 2 in G minor, Op. 26 (B56)

Tchaikovsky:

Piano Trio in A minor, Op. 50 'In Memory of a Great Artist'


Smetana Trio

Smetana Trio: inimitable Dvorák and Tchaikovsky, played with passion and torrential expressivity

The Smetana Trio, comprising the magnificent Jitka Cechová on piano, Jana Vonášková’s tender and passionate violin, and the sturdy underpinning of Jan Pálenícek’s vibrant cello, are today considered one of the very finest ensembles of their ilk.

After previous recordings mapping the peaks of Czech trio composition, on this CD the ensemble round off the set of Dvorák’s trios and at the same time venture beyond the borders of the Czech repertoire.

Their Tchaikovsky, however, surprises with a naturalness and torrential expressivity akin to that which in the case of Dvorák’s Dumky and Piano Trio No. 3 in F minor earned enthusiastic reviews and accolades (BBC Music Magazine Award 2007).

Tchaikovsky’s Piano Trio in A minor (one of the longest piano trios there is) was composed as a tribute to the recently decease Nikolai Rubinstein, and can be understood as the composer’s attempt at overcoming his personal antipathy to the sonic combination of piano with violin or cello. The Smetana Trio have grasped it with passion and apprehension of the “broad Slavonic soul”.

“…this two-movement Trio is Tchaikovsky's most remarkable chamber work… The Smetana trio responds with passion and intellectual engagement. They are equally impressive in Dvorák's Piano Trio No. 2, the elegiac G minor. The Smetana Trio provides expressive, perceptive playing at every turn: for example, just try the Scherzo in which Beethovenian intensity melts effortlessly into Dvorák's 'Slavonic' manner.” BBC Music Magazine, December 2008 *****

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Tchaikovsky: Symphonies Nos. 1-6 (complete)

Tchaikovsky: Symphonies Nos. 1-6 (complete)


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Arias from Czech and International Operas

Arias from Czech and International Operas


Dvorak:

Mesícku na nebi hlubokém 'Song to the Moon' (from Rusalka)

Necitelná vodní moci (from Rusalka)

Janacek:

Ale smrt neprichází (from Katya Kabanova)

Zdrávas královno (from Jenufa)

Odesli... Jdi také! (from Jenufa)

Puccini:

Tu? Tu? Piccolo iddio (from Madama Butterfly)

Vissi d'arte (from Tosca)

Sola, perduta, abbandonata (from Manon Lescaut)

Smetana:

Bohové vecní tamo nad oblaky (from Libuse)

Ten lásky sen (from The Bartered Bride)

Tchaikovsky:

Uzh polnoch' blizitsya (from Pique Dame)

Verdi:

Pace, pace mio Dio! (from La forza del destino)

Piangea cantando nell'erma landa (from Otello)


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Dvorak & Tchaikovsky: Violin Concertos

Dvorak & Tchaikovsky: Violin Concertos


Dvorak:

Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 53

Vladimir Ashkenazy

Tchaikovsky:

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35

Jiří Bělohlávek


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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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Legendary Recordings: Josef Vlach & Czech Chamber Orchestra

Legendary Recordings: Josef Vlach & Czech Chamber Orchestra


Britten:

Variations on a theme of Frank Bridge, Op. 10

Debussy:

Danses sacrée et profane

Dvorak:

Czech Suite, Op. 39

Serenade for Strings in E major, Op. 22

Hurnik, I:

Concerto for oboe, piano and strings

Mozart:

Adagio & Fugue in C minor for Strings, K546

Divertimento in D major, K136

Serenade No. 13 in G major, K525 'Eine kleine Nachtmusik'

Pauer, J:

Symphony for strings

Purcell:

Suite from King Arthur

Respighi:

The Birds

Stravinsky:

Apollon musagète

Suk:

Serenade for String Orchestra in E flat, Op. 6

Tchaikovsky:

Serenade for strings in C major, Op. 48

Andante Cantabile (from String Quartet No. 1 in D Op. 11)


Czech Chamber Orchestra, Josef Vlach

Josef Vlach and the Czech Chamber Orchestra – recordings abounding in torrential energy, a legend arising from the feted Talich tradition.

The violinist and conductor Josef Vlach (1923–1988), who played a crucial role in cultivating the superlative Talich tradition and quality, is far from being as well known as he deserves to be. At the age of 23, Vlach co-founded the Czech Chamber Orchestra for Václav Talich, who after being falsely accused of collaborating with the Nazis was banned from working with the Czech Philharmonic and the National Theatre. The young orchestra soon proved to be a sensation (Pierre Fournier branded it the best chamber formation in the world), yet following the Communist coup in 1948, it rather opted for diluting than renouncing Talich.

The maestro’s stringent requirements for the utmost artistic quality, diligence and engagement served as the fundamental principles for the Czech Chamber Orchestra, revived by Josef Vlach in 1957. They went on to gain great acclaim worldwide, with the most noteworthy triumphs including the performance in Osaka in 1960 (standing in for the Boston Symphony Orchestra), the concert at the Salzburger Festspiele in 1962 (broadcast by some 180 radio stations), tours of the USA, Germany, the UK, Switzerland, France, Belgium ... The orchestra then returned from the limelight to the twilight at home, rehearsals in a dingy basement, to a country where they were more tolerated than supported. Yet even amidst such unfavourable circumstances Vlach’s exceptionable musical qualities and the Talich credo would bear extraordinary fruits. According to Ivan Moravec’s reminiscences, Josef Vlach was “in everyday life a person absolutely unexceptional, humble yet rather absent‐‐‐minded, whereas his imagination as regards music was so immense that I can hardly conceive of Talich’s successor possessing a greater, ampler and more compelling vision.” The presented recordings, made between 1960 and 1982 (most of them before 1966) are among the most precious gems from the Supraphon archives. They have all been carefully remastered, with half of them now being released on CD for the very first time.

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Richard Novak: Portrait

Richard Novak: Portrait


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Glinka:

O pole, pole (from Ruslan and Lyudmila)

Janacek:

Is It a Fairy-tale Or Is It All True? (from The Cunning Little Vixen)

Mozart:

Madamina, il catalogo è questo (from Don Giovanni)

Mussorgsky:

Dostig Ya Vyshey Vlasti (from Boris Godunov)

Offenbach:

Scintille, diamant (from Les Contes d'Hoffmann)

Tchaikovsky:

Lyubvi fse vozrastï pokornï 'Gremin's aria' (from Eugene Onegin)

Verdi:

Studia il passo, o mio figlio! (from Macbeth)

A te l'estremo addio ... Il lacerato spirito (from Simon Boccanegra)

Ah! Tutto m'arride...Il mio sangue, la vita darei (from Luisa Miller)

Ella giammai m'amò (from Don Carlo)

Wagner:

Leb wohl, du kühnes, herrliches Kind! (from Die Walküre)


Richard Novak (bass) & Gerhard Zeller (piano)

Brno Janacek Opera Choir, Brno Janacek Opera Orchestra, Brno Philharmonic Orchestra & Prague Philharmonia, Frantisek Jilek, Miroslav Honka, Jan Stych, Jaroslav Kyzlink & Tomas Hanus

Backed up by the Czech Philharmonic, the 85-year-old Richard Novák sings the part of the Forester from The Cunning Little Vixen in a way that leaves you gaping in admiration. His performance is a witness not only to his singing skill, but also his life experience. The fact that he was lucky to find great music teachers has combined with persistence and hard work on his part. He was not afraid to interrupt his singing career at its apparent height when he felt his voice was losing inner support, and start anew. In 1961 he won second place in a singing competition in Toulouse (with José van Dam taking the first place) and became a laureate in the competition held in the Dutch city of Hertogenbosch in 1962. Dvořák, Verdi and Janáček represent the three supporting pillars of his repertoire and at the same time his three major musical loves.

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Sviatoslav Richter plays Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev & Bach

Sviatoslav Richter plays Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev & Bach


Bach, J S:

Keyboard Concerto No. 1 in D minor, BWV1052

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Václav Talich

Prokofiev:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in D flat major, Op. 10

Prague Symphony Orchestra, Karel Ancerl

Tchaikovsky:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Karel Ancerl


In 1950 Prague was the destination of the first-ever foreign trip of the then 35-year-old Russian genius pianist Sviatoslav Richter. He would subsequently visit the city on several more occasions. The recordings on this CD were made at the Rudolfinum within two weeks at the end of May and the beginning of June 1954. Richter is accompanied by the two finest Czech orchestras, conducted by two true legends – Václav Talich (nearing the end of his career) and Karel Ancerl (at the beginning of his tenure in the post of principal conductor of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra).

Within such a short time, Richter had mastered Tchaikovsky’s impassioned concerto in B minor, Prokofiev’s purely Neoclassical concerto in D flat major, as well as Bach’s paramount Baroque and timeless first piano concerto. The fact that the Russian composers Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev found an ideal interpreter in perhaps the greatest legend among 20th-century pianists appears entirely logical. Yet the superb and sensitive performance of Bach’s piano (originally harpsichord) concerto serves to complete the picture of Richter’s genius and versatility. These qualities are showcased in our new, sensitively re-mastered version of the legendary recordings.

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Talich Special Edition 16

Talich Special Edition 16


Benda, G:

Sinfonia in B flat major

Dvorak:

Serenade for Strings in E major, Op. 22

Suk:

Serenade for String Orchestra in E flat, Op. 6

Tchaikovsky:

Andante Cantabile (from String Quartet No. 1 in D Op. 11)


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Talich Special Edition 8

Talich Special Edition 8


Tchaikovsky:

Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op. 74 'Pathétique'

Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra

Wagner:

Tristan und Isolde: Prelude to Act 1


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