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Viktor Kalabis: Symphonies and Concertos

Viktor Kalabis: Symphonies and Concertos


Symphony No. 2 'Sinfonia pacis' for Large Orchestra, Op. 18

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Zdeněk Košler

Concerto No. 1 for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 17

Petr Škvor (violin)

Prague Symphony Orchestra, Viktor Kalabis

Symphonic Variations for Large Orchestra, Op. 24

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Václav Neumann

Concerto for Large Orchestra (Concerto per grande orchestra), Op. 25

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Ladislav Slovák

Symphony No. 3 for Large Orchestra, Op. 33

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Jiří Bělohlávek

Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra 'Le tambour de villevieille', Op. 36

Miroslav Kejmar (trumpet)

Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, Miloš Konvalinka

Concerto for Harpsichord and Strings, Op. 42

Zuzana Růžičková (harpsichord)

Prague Chamber Orchestra, Viktor Kalabis

Concerto No. 2 for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 49

Josef Suk (violin)

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Wolfgang Sawallisch

Concerto for Piano and Wind Instruments, Op. 64

Milan Langer (piano)

Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, Tomáš Koutník

Concertino for Bassoon and Wind Instruments, Op. 61

Jiří Formáček (bassoon)

Czech Philharmonic Wind Ensemble, Miloš Formáček

To mark the 90th anniversary of the birth of Viktor Kalabis, one of the most distinguished 20th-century Czech composers, Supraphon is releasing this special selection of his symphonies and concertos. The life of Kalabis and his wife, the renowned harpsichordist Zuzana Růžičková, was first afflicted by war and subsequently by the straitjacket of the Communist regime. The two forms of lack of freedom would have a marked impact on Kalabis’s work.

His Sinfonia pacis, one of the most frequently performed contemporary Czech pieces abroad, reflects the escalating tensions of the Cold War, without the composer succumbing to the clichés of the Communist “peace” proclamations. In connection with Symphony No. 3 (1970-71), its creator talked about the anxiety prevailing during the post-occupation years, defiance, as well as the final resignation beneath the unceasing suppression of truth. Kalabis’s works duly enjoyed the attention of renowned orchestras, conductors and soloists (the Berliner Philharmoniker, Matačić, Casadesus, Blomstedt, Rilling, Ančerl, etc.). This new selection of recordings bears witness to a superlative composer, as well as the dark atmosphere of the time during which this music came to life. Viktor Kalabis’s symphonies and concertos – the legacy of a distinct composer and a fraught era.

“there is no doubting the quality of all these musicians, Supraphon's original engineering or Kalabis's profound, stirring music” MusicWeb International, 13th May 2013

“this excellent collection, despite the variable age and quality of some recordings, will do very nicely in bringing [Kalabis's] name before a wider audience” Gramophone Magazine, July 2013

GGramophone Magazine

Re-issue of the Month - July 2013

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Dvorak: Sacred Works & Cantatas

Dvorak: Sacred Works & Cantatas


Ave Maria, Op. 19b

Ave maris stella

Biblical Songs (10), Op. 99

Hymnus ad laudes in festo SS. Trinitatis

Mass in D major, Op.86 (B175)

O sanctissima, Op. 19a

Psalm 149 Op. 79 (B.154)

Requiem, Op. 89

Saint Ludmila

Stabat Mater, Op. 58

Te Deum, Op.103, B.176

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

Svatební Kosile, Op. 69

Eva Urbanova (soprano), Vera Soukupova (alto), Beno Blachut (tenor), Jindrich Jindrak, Ivan Kusnjer (baritone), Peter Mikulas, Richard Novak (bass), Ivan Moravec (piano)

Prague Philharmonic Choir, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra & Prague Symphony Orchestra, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Vaclav Neumann, Jiri Belohlavek, Vaclav Smetacek, Zdenek Kosler

“Dad’s God was not the God of Vengeance but the Creator, who sanctifies the journey through the ‘valley of death’ through his infinite love”, is how Antonín Dvořák’s sincere piety was recalled by his son Otakar. Faith in God was for Dvořák the cornerstone on which he built his own life and work, hence it comes as no surprise that a number of his seminal pieces are within the domain of sacred music, and frequently linked with a strong personal story.

The first version of the oratorio Stabat Mater came into being after the death of his first-born daughter. In the wake of the triumph of its London premiere, Dvořák received more commissions from the UK, which gave rise to other paramount compositions: The Spectre’s Bride, Requiem and Saint Ludmila.

The instigation for the Te Deum came from New York, where following the premiere of the 'New World Symphony' Dvořák wrote the Biblical Songs, the apex of his oeuvre of this genre. The set also contains pieces that have been seldom performed (the cantata The Heirs of the White Mountain, Psalm 149 in the previously unreleased recording made by the conductor Václav Neumann, etc.).

At the same time, this new collection within the Dvořák series showcases superlative artists, and the listeners will undoubtedly also be pleased by the sensitively remastered sound of the recordings.

These are gems from the Supraphon archive.

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Wolfgang Sawallisch in Prague

Wolfgang Sawallisch in Prague


Symphony No. 1 in C major, Op. 21

Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68 'Pastoral'


In Nature's Realm Overture, Op. 91


Prague Nocturne for Orchestra


Glagolitic Mass


Field Mass

Symphony No. 4


Symphony No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 52 'Lobgesang'


Symphony No. 41 in C major, K551 'Jupiter'

Adagio for Violin and Orchestra in E, K261

Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K550

Wolfgang Sawallisch (26.8.1923–22.2.2013) debuted at the age of thirty with the Berliner Philharmoniker and four years later in Bayreuth. He led the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande for ten years and subsequently the Bavarian State Opera for over two decades (1971–92). During his tenure in Munich, Sawallisch was a frequent and extremely popular guest of the Czech Philharmonic. This compilation presents a selection of the recordings that were the fruit of the co-operation between the conductor and the orchestra. Sawallisch’s programmes in Prague repeatedly included – perhaps surprisingly – pieces by Mozart and Beethoven, as well as major works by Czech composers (Smetana, Janáček, Martinů, Kalabis, Eben, etc.). He made for Supraphon the still unequalled recordings of Dvořák’s Requiem and Stabat mater. Sawallisch’s relationship to Czech music is probably best described by the following quotation from a contemporary review: “He apprehends and interprets music by Czech composers as though he himself had been brought up in their language.” The precious Czech Radio live recordings are released by Supraphon for the very first time to mark the 90th anniversary of the late conductor’s birth.

Previously unreleased Prague footprints of the modest maestro Wolfgang Sawallisch.

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Dvorak: Requiem, Op. 89

Dvorak: Requiem, Op. 89

Jan-Hendrik Rootering (bass), Brigitte Fassbaender (contralto), Thomas Moser (tenor) and Gabriela Benackovám (soprano)

Prague Philharmonic Choir and Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Wolfgang Sawallisch and Lubomír Mátl (chorus master)

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Dvorak: Stabat Mater, Op. 58

Dvorak: Stabat Mater, Op. 58

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