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Vaclav Talich Live 1939

Vaclav Talich Live 1939


 

Czech National Anthem (from record)

Dvorak:

Slavonic Dances Nos. 9-16, Op. 72 Nos. 1-8

Smetana:

Má Vlast


The sound, the name, the first international successes, as well as the first recordings made by the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, are inseparably linked with the name of Václav Talich. The recordings contained on this CD originated under truly exceptional circumstances and document unrepeatable moments.

The performance of Smetana’s My Country on 5 June 1939 in Nazi-occupied Protectorate Prague – and what’s more, at the National Theatre, perceived as a symbol of national cohesion – was an expressive manifestation of Talich’s patriotism. The moment’s sheer emotional charge gave rise to what may justly be considered the conductor’s finest recording of My Country and, following a long-lasting ovation, the enthusiastic audience spontaneously rounded off the concert by singing the Czech national anthem.

The presented recording of this concert and that of Dvořák’s Slavonic Dances, which was performed at the National Theatre four days later, have been preserved owing to their direct transmission to several European cities. The recording was made by Radio Norway, which possessed the most advanced audiorecording technology of the time. Talich’s My Country, exuding defiance and a resolve to protect freedom, stands in stark contrast to Rafael Kubelík’s legendary 1990 My Country, which reflects the euphoria at the regaining of freedom. This recording, first released by the Czech Philharmonic, was hailed by the distinguished critic Rob Cowan in Gramophone magazine as perhaps the most powerful My Country to have ever been recorded.

“It is not hard to imagine what music portraying such a story meant to the oppressed people at that concert in 1939 and after having already burst into wild applause at the end of each poem the triumphant conclusion of Blaník is greeted with massed shouts of approval before the audience spontaneously launches into the national anthem. It is incredibly moving and all captured on a newly issued Supraphon recording.” Chris O'Reilly, Presto Classical, 19th December 2011

Presto Disc of the Week

19th December 2011

GGramophone Awards 2012

Special Award

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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 17

Talich Special Edition 17


 

Václav Talich speaking, recordings of parts of rehearsal – Dvorák: Cello Concerto, Symphony No. 9

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Blodek:

In the Well (V studni) – Overture

Dvorak:

The Noon Witch, Op. 108 (B196)

Janacek:

The Cunning Little Vixen - Suite

(arr. V. Talich)

Kovarovic:

Miners' Polka

Smetana:

Má Vlast

(part of the 1929 recording: Vyšehrad, Vltava, Šárka)

Libuse Overture

Nasim devám, polka for orchestra in D major

The Prague Carnival - Introduction & Polonaise

The Two Widows – Recitative and Aria of Anežka, Act II

Suk:

A Fairy Tale, Op. 16

(The Game of the Swans and the Peacocks)


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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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Mozart:

Violin Concerto No. 4 in D major, K218

Clarinet Concerto in A major, K622

Serenade No. 10 in B flat major, K361 'Gran Partita'


Jirí Novák (violin) & Vladimír Ríha (clarinet)

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Václav Talich

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Dvorak:

Symphony No. 6 in D major, Op. 60

Symphony No. 7 in D minor, Op. 70


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Talich Special Edition 13

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Dvorak:

Symphony No. 8 in G major, Op. 88

Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95 'From the New World'


The seventy-year old Talich himself commented on this before his last recording of the “New World”: “How much youthful arrogance and pride is dissolved in the wise realization that there is no goal, but only a mere direction towards a goal; no joy in what is found, but only delight in searching; that life is no comfortable sitting in a soft armchair, but only an exhausting walk in rough terrain.”

“They are both concentrated and vivid accounts, which bring these scores wonderfully to life.” Penguin Guide, 2010 edition ***

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Talich Special Edition 14

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Bach, J S:

Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV1068

Keyboard Concerto No. 1 in D minor, BWV1052

Handel:

Oboe Concerto No. 3 in G minor, HWV 287


Sviatoslav Richter (piano) & František Hanták (oboe)

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra & Slovak Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra, Václav Talich

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Mozart:

Die Zauberflöte, K620: Overture

Le nozze di Figaro, K492: Overture

Symphony No. 33 in B flat major, K319

Symphony No. 38 in D major, K504 'Prague'

Tchaikovsky:

Suite No. 4 in G major, Op.61 'Mozartiana'


Recorded 1950,1951 &1954

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Talich Special Edition 11

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Dvorak:

In Nature's Realm Overture, Op. 91

Carnival Overture, Op. 92

Othello Overture, Op. 93

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

Waltz in A minor (No. 2 from Waltzes, Op. 54)

Polonaise in E flat major for piano duet, B100

Polonaise (from the opera Rusalka)


Prague Soloists Orchestra & Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Václav Talich

Recorded 1940,1948,1951,1952

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