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Beethoven - Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 3

Beethoven - Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 3


Beethoven:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Major, Op. 15

Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37


All of Sviatoslav Richter’s concert appearances in Prague, from his 1950 Prague Spring performance of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20 in D Minor, to his 1993 performance of the Grieg concerto, were highlights of Prague’s musical life. Richter, however, enjoyed traveling to small cities, often playing on instruments whose quality would be simply unacceptable for many of today’s musical stars. His concerts were generally completely sold out and offered his listeners an extraordinary musical experience regardless of the venue or quality of the instrument. The ability to surpise his audiences again and again was an inborn part of his personality. Under his fingers, pieces played a hundred times could suddenly take unexpected turns, as evidenced by both of the Beethoven concertos on this album (Concerto No. 1, recorded at Prague Spring on June 2, 1956, and Concerto No. 3, recorded on June 21, 1962) with the Czech Philharmonic and Karel Ancerl. These sensitively remastered recordings show Richter as a musician whose respect for stylistic purity never impeded his fascinating freedom of interpretation and inspiration.

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Mahler: Symphony No. 9

Mahler: Symphony No. 9


(recorded 1966)

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Smetana: Má Vlast

Smetana: Má Vlast


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Prokofiev: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2

Prokofiev: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2


Prokofiev:

Symphony No. 1 in D major, Op. 25 'Classical'

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

Sviatoslav Richter (piano)

Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 16

Dagmar Baloghova (piano)


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Miloslav Kabelac & Jan Hanus: Orchestral Works

Miloslav Kabelac & Jan Hanus: Orchestral Works


Hanus:

Sinfonia concertante for Organ, Harp, Timpani and Strings, Op. 31

Jiri Reinberger (organ), Bedrich Dobrodinsky (harp), Robert Mach (timpani)

Kabelac:

Mystery of Time. Passacaglia for Large Orchestra, Op. 31

Hamlet Improvisation for Large Orchestra, Op. 46


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Prokofiev: Romeo & Juliet Suites and Peter & the Wolf

Prokofiev: Romeo & Juliet Suites and Peter & the Wolf


Prokofiev:

Romeo and Juliet - Suite No. 1, Op. 64a: Death of Tybalt

Peter and the Wolf, Op. 67

Eric Shilling (narrator)

Romeo and Juliet - Suite No. 2, Op. 64b


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Janacek: Sinfonietta

Janacek: Sinfonietta


Janacek:

Sinfonietta

Martinu:

Les Fresques de Piero della Francesca, H. 352

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


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André Navarra: Prague Recordings

André Navarra: Prague Recordings


Beethoven:

Cello Sonata No. 3 in A major, Op. 69

Alfred Holecek (piano)

Bloch, E:

Schelomo

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Karel Ancerl

Boccherini:

Cello Sonata in G major, G. 5

Brahms:

Double Concerto for Violin & Cello in A minor, Op. 102

Josef Suk (violin)

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Karel Ancerl

Cello Sonata No. 1 In E Minor, Op. 38

Alfred Holecek (piano)

Cello Sonata No. 2 in F major, Op. 99

Alfred Holecek (piano)

Hervelois:

Suite No. 2 in D minor

František Maxián (piano)

Honegger:

Sonatina for Violin and Cello, H 80

Josef Suk (violin)

Ibert:

Concerto for Cello & Wind Instruments

Czech Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra, Martin Turnovský

Kodály:

Duo for Violin and Cello, Op. 7

Josef Suk (violin)

Lalo:

Cello Concerto in D minor

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Constantin Silvestri

Martinu:

Concertino for Cello, Winds, Percussion & Piano in C minor, H. 143

Czech Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra, Martin Turnovský

Duo for Violin and Cello No. 1, H. 157

Josef Suk (violin)

Duo for Violin and Cello No. 2, H. 371

Josef Suk (violin)

Prokofiev:

Sinfonia Concertante in E minor for cello & orchestra, Op. 125

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Karel Ancerl

Cello Sonata in C major, Op. 119

Alfred Holecek (piano)

Ravel:

Vocalise-étude en forme de habanera

Respighi:

Adagio con variazioni for cello and orchestra

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Karel Ancerl

Schumann:

Cello Concerto in A minor, Op. 129

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Karel Ancerl


André Navarra (cello)

When at the age of 15 André Navarra (1911-1988) completed his studies at the Paris Conservatoire, he ceased taking lessons and set out on his own path, honing his skills on, among other things, Ševčík’s virtuoso violin etudes, which he himself arranged for the cello.

He drew inspiration from the finest instrumentalists of his time. Victory in the prestigious competition in Vienna (1937) launched his international career as a soloist. Following his debut at the Prague Spring festival in May 1951, he would pay numerous visits to the city – to appear at the festival, to perform opposite the Czech Philharmonic, as well as to record for Supraphon.

The present 5-CD pack is the first complete release of the 19 studio albums Navarra made for the label between 1953 and 1966.

Includes some remarkable tracks that have not been previously issued digitally.

His collaboration with Karel Ančerl and Josef Suk gave rise to the legendary recording of Brahms’s Double Concerto, with the accounts of pieces by Prokofiev, Bloch, Schumann and Respighi made with the Czech Philharmonic under Ančerl being just as impressive and enthralling. In addition to Josef Suk, Navarra worked with the superlative pianists Alfred Holeček and František Maxián.

The Supraphon set includes six hours of sensitively remastered recordings, a real treat for those loving the enchanting cello timbres.

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Ida Haendel: Prague Recordings 1957-1965

Ida Haendel: Prague Recordings 1957-1965


Bartók:

Violin Sonata No. 2, BB 85, Sz. 76

Romanian Folk Dances, Sz.56 (arr. Székely for violin & piano)

Beethoven:

Violin Sonata No. 7 in C minor, Op. 30 No. 2

Violin Sonata No. 8 in G major, Op. 30 No. 3

Violin Sonata No. 9 in A major, Op. 47 ‘Kreutzer'

Romance No. 1 for Violin and Orchestra in G major, Op. 40

arr. for violin and piano

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61

Glazunov:

Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 82

Lalo:

Symphonie espagnole, Op. 21

Ravel:

Tzigane

Habanera

Sarasate:

Zigeunerweisen, Op. 20

Sibelius:

Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47

Stravinsky:

Divertimento (transcription for violin & piano by Stravinsky & Samuel Dushkin from Le Baiser de la Fée)

Violin Concerto in D

Tartini:

Violin Sonata in G minor 'Devil's Trill'

Wieniawski:

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

Scherzo-Tarantelle in G minor, Op. 16

Mazurka in G major, Op. 19 No. 1 'Obertas'

Polonaise brilliante No. 1 in D major, Op. 4


Such attributes as charismatic, singular, exceptional are somewhat overused today. Yet in the case of Ida Haendel they are justified. Born in 1928 into a Polish Jewish family, she was a child prodigy, playing Beethoven’s violin concerto at the age of five... and leading master classes in London at the age of 85. After her Prague debut in 1957, she returned to the city throughout the 1960s, either to give concerts (most frequently with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Karel Ančerl, and exclusively accompanied by the pianist Alfréd Holeček at chamber recitals) or to work in a studio.

The present album features the complete live and studio recordings Ida Haendel made in Prague until 1965 deposited in the Supraphon and Czech Radio archives, with a number of them being released for the very first time. Alongside “virtuoso pieces” and sonatas, the CDs include concertos by Beethoven, Stravinsky, Wieniawski, as well as her “flagship” Sibelius. When listening, you will have no doubts as to the veracity of Ida Haendel’s seemingly immodest statement “I am the violin...”

“The Kreutzer is magisterial and played with intelligence and authority...In the Glazunov she brings to the score a wealth of tonal colour. The Wieniawski is a virtuoso tour de force and in the third movement, whilst she doesn’t quite match Heifetz’s quicksilver dexterity, there’s some sparkling fingerwork.” MusicWeb International, 14th October 2014

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Britten: War Requiem

Britten: War Requiem

Recorded at the Dvořák Hall of the Rudolfinum, Prague, on January 13, 1966 (CD1), May 3, 1958 (CD2/1) and January 17, 1964 (CD2/2-13).


Britten:

War Requiem, Op. 66

Naděžda Kniplová (soprano), Gerald English (tenor), John Cameron (baritone), Milada Šubrtová (soprano) & Věra Soukupová (alto)

with Prague Philharmonic Choir & Kühn Children’s Chorus

The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, Op. 34

Spring Symphony, Op. 44

in Czech

Beno Blachut (tenor)


Benjamin Britten’s music formed one of the pillars of the Czech Philharmonic’s concert programmes under its chief conductor Karel Ančerl. The famous Variations on a Theme of Purcell was in all likelihood the most frequently performed work (in 1962 also in England), and this CD contains the previously unreleased 1958 recording in the original version without narration. The enchanting and joyous Spring Symphony, commissioned by Serge Koussevitzky, was presented in Czech in Prague by Ančerl, the Czech Philharmonic and the finest soloists of the time. Forming a stark contrast to these two works is the War Requiem, a grand piece commemorating the victims of the most gruesome armed conflict in human history. Britten dedicated it to the memory of four friends of his who died in WWII while serving in the British navy or army. The work’s Czech premiere, with the participation of superlative foreign soloists (Gerald English, John Cameron), took place less than four years after its world premiere. So enthused was he by the work that in November 1969, following his emigration to Canada, Ančerl included the War Requiem in one of his first concerts in Toronto. The conductor’s personal profound experience of the senseless barbarity of the war imbued his conception of the work with a chilling authenticity. Both of the two previously unreleased concert recordings were made by the former Czechoslovak Radio.

Britten conducted by Karel Ančerl – previously unreleased unique recordings from the Prague Radio archives.

“The Czech premiere of the War Requiem from 1966 is raw but urgent..Collectors will be pleased to encounter leading Czech singers Naděžda Kniplová and Beno Blachut among the soloists but this set is strictly one for the historical category.” Gramophone Magazine, October 2013

“[English's] elocution is in every way comparable to Peter Pears's own, the instrument even leaner and the delivery trenchantly objective...This is not the most pleasant-sounding recording of the War Requiem. It is surely, though, the one which best draws together the threads of this difficult form.” International Record Review, September 2013

“English’s singing is consistently clear and incisive and Cameron has a fine, rounded tone and an excellent sense of line...[Kniplová] projects the ‘Liber scriptus’ powerfully and accurately...she’s fully up to the work’s histrionic challenges...Ančerl’s direction of the score is impressive. He’s clearly committed to the music and he ensures that rhythms are crisply articulated.” MusicWeb International, 11th November 2013

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