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Viktor Kalabis: Symphonies and Concertos

Viktor Kalabis: Symphonies and Concertos


Kalabis:

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

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Beethoven: Violin Sonatas Nos. 1-10 (Complete)

Beethoven: Violin Sonatas Nos. 1-10 (Complete)

Recorded at the Rudolfinum, Prague, October 1966 – November 1967


Josef Suk (violin) & Jan Panenka (piano)

The ten violin sonatas form a significant part of Beethoven’s oeuvre, and the complete recording made in 1966-67 occupies just as prominent a position in Josef Suk and Jan Panenka’s discography. When viewed with the distance of time, the album confirms its importance in the repertoire of the two great artists. The famed tone of Josef Suk’s violin is completely in the composer’s service, the instrument talks and sings, while Panenka’s take on Beethoven still astonishes with its wealth of articulation, purity of style and crystal-clear tone.

The understanding and harmony between the two artists is similar to the intimacy of an encounter between two old friends after being separated for a long time. Suk and Panenka’s performance is devoid of egoism – both of them subordinate their technical virtuosity and musicality to the composer’s genius. Hence, it comes as no surprise that almost half a century after it was made the recording still ranks among the most sought after complete Beethoven albums. It has now been newly digitised and sensitively remastered from the original tapes. The word “legendary” tends to be grossly overused, yet in connection with this recording and the two superlative musicians it is entirely fitting. Remastered Beethoven with Suk and Panenka – a legendary recording, a superb new sound.

“In the overwhelming majority of cases, and of movements, everything sounds perfectly scaled, well balanced, perceptively played and adroitly characterised. These are performances of great elegance and musicality...ten valuable, thoughtful and convincing performances from one of the most outstanding duos of its time.” MusicWeb International, October 2012

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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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Dvořák: Orchestral Works & Concertos

Dvořák: Orchestral Works & Concertos


Dvorak:

Slavonic Dances Nos. 1-8, Op. 46 Nos. 1-8

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Václav Neumann

Three Slavonic Dances, Op. 72

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Václav Neumann

Slavonic Rhapsodies (3), Op. 45

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Bohumil Gregor

The Hero's Song, Op. 111

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Bohumil Gregor

Legends, Op. 59

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Charles Mackerras

Scherzo capriccioso, Op. 66

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Charles Mackerras

My Home Overture, Op. 62

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Václav Neumann

Hussite Overture, Op. 67

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Václav Neumann

Czech Suite, Op. 39

Prague Philharmonia, Jakub Hruša

Festival March in C major, Op. 54

Prague Symphony Orchestra, Jirí Belohlávek

Prague Waltzes, B99

Prague Symphony Orchestra, Jirí Belohlávek

Polka in B flat major, Op. 53a/1 'For Prague Students'

Prague Symphony Orchestra, Jirí Belohlávek

Polonaise in E flat major for orchestra, B100

Prague Philharmonia, Jakub Hruša

American Suite in A major, Op. 98a(b)

Prague Philharmonia, Jakub Hruša

Serenade for Winds in D minor, Op. 44

Prague Philharmonia, Jakub Hruša

Serenade for Strings in E major, Op. 22

Prague Philharmonia, Jakub Hruša

Nocturne in B major for strings, Op.40 (B47)

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Václav Neumann

Cello Concerto in A major, B10

Instrumentation Jarmil Burghauser, revision of the cello part Miloš Sádlo

Miloš Sádlo (cello)

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Václav Neumann

Piano Concerto in G minor, Op. 33

Ivan Moravec (piano)

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Jirí Belohlávek

Romance in F minor, Op. 11

Václav Hudecek (violin)

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Jirí Belohlávek

Mazurek for violin and orchestra, Op. 49 (B89)

Václav Hudecek (violin)

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Jirí Belohlávek

Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 53

Josef Suk (violin)

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Václav Neumann

Waldesruhe (Silent woods) for cello and orchestra, Op. 68 No. 5

Miloš Sádlo (cello)

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Václav Neumann

Rondo in G minor for cello & orchestra, Op. 94, B. 181

Miloš Sádlo (cello)

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Václav Neumann

Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104

Miloš Sádlo (cello)

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Václav Neumann


Collectors and admirers of Dvořák’s music bearing the hallmark of the Czech performance tradition can now add another comprehensive album to put alongside the previous complete Supraphon CDs mapping his chamber (SU38152, SU39212), piano (SU40182) and symphonic works (SU40902). The acclaimed recording of the symphonies, conducted by Václav Neumann, is now followed by Supraphon’s 8-CD box set featuring Dvořák’s orchestral pieces and concertos. In addition to the celebrated Slavonic Dances, it contains a number of rarely recorded symphonic works (the Hussite Overture, My Home, A Hero’s Song), as well as splendid compositions for chamber and string orchestras. Besides recordings made under the baton of Neumann, it provides scope to other great Dvořák conductors – Mackerras, Bělohlávek and the rising star Jakub Hrůša. The set of orchestral works is rounded off by recordings of concertos, ranging from the virtually unknown Cello Concerto in A major, written by the young Dvořák, to the most frequently performed, the Cello Concerto in B minor. Supraphon has again carefully put together top-quality and time-honoured recordings of works performed by world-renowned soloists.

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Beethoven Concertos

Beethoven Concertos


Beethoven:

Piano Concertos Nos. 1-5 (complete)

Jan Panenka (piano)

Prague Symphony Orchestra, Václav Smetáček

Fantasia for Piano, Chorus and Orchestra in C minor, Op. 80

Jan Panenka (piano)

Prague Symphony Orchestra & Prague Radio Chorus, Václav Smetáček

Triple Concerto for Piano, Violin, and Cello in C major, Op. 56

Josef Suk (violin), Jan Panenka (piano) & Josef Chuchro (cello)

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Kurt Masur

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61

Josef Suk (violin)

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Franz Konwitschny

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

Josef Suk (violin)

Prague Symphony Orchestra, Václav Smetáček

Romance No. 2 for Violin and Orchestra in F major, Op. 50

Josef Suk (violin)

Prague Symphony Orchestra, Václav Smetáček


Following the collections of symphonies (Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Kletzki, SU40512) and violin sonatas (Suk, Panenka, SU40772), Supraphon is now releasing the complete Beethoven concertante pieces. All of them (including the Triple Concerto and the genre-unique Fantasia for Piano, Chorus and Orchestra) came into being within a mere sixteen years, between 1793 and 1809.

Although Beethoven deemed the piano “an imperfect instrument”, his five piano concertos form one of the cornerstones of his oeuvre and represent a significant landmark in this genre. Amidst the innumerable recordings made, Panenka’s singular take on Beethoven stands out and astonishes owing to the sheer exuberance of articulation, purity of style and lucidity of tone. In 1962, the famous violin concerto was undertaken by Josef Suk with his characteristically masterful musicality. Under Kurt Masur, the Triple Concerto was performed by the entire Suk Trio and the three superlative soloists, possessing abundant chamber experience, proved to be the ideal interpreters of the “Grand Concerto Concertant”. Beethoven recordings fully deserving of the oft-used attribute “legendary”.

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Josef Suk: Early Recordings

Josef Suk: Early Recordings


Brahms:

Violin Sonata No. 1 in G major, Op. 78

Josef Hála (piano)

Waltz, Op. 39 No. 15 in A flat major

Josef Hála (piano)

Violin Sonata No. 2 in A major, Op. 100

Jan Panenka (piano)

Violin Sonata No. 3 in D minor, Op. 108

Jan Panenka (piano)

Debussy:

Violin Sonata in G minor

Jan Panenka (piano)

La plus que lente

Waltz for Violin and Piano

Alfréd Holeček (piano)

Clair de Lune (from Suite Bergamasque)

for Violin and Piano

Josef Hála (piano)

Dvorak:

Romantic Pieces (4) for Violin & Piano, Op. 75

Josef Hála (piano)

Sonatina for violin and piano in G major, Op. 100

Jan Panenka (piano)

Violin Sonata in F major, Op. 57 (B 106)

Jan Panenka (piano)

Franck, C:

Violin Sonata in A major

Jan Panenka (piano)

Grieg:

Violin Sonata No. 3 in C minor, Op. 45

Honegger:

Sonatina for Violin and Cello, H 80

André Navarra (cello)

Janacek:

Violin Sonata

Jan Panenka (piano)

Jezek:

Violin Sonata

Jan Panenka (piano)

Kodály:

Duo for Violin and Cello, Op. 7

André Navarra (cello)

Martinu:

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

André Navarra (cello)

Mozart:

Duo for violin and viola in B flat major, K424

Milan Škampa (viola)

Poulenc:

Violin Sonata, FP 119

Jan Panenka (piano)

Respighi:

Violin Sonata in B minor

Jan Panenka (piano)

Schubert:

Sonata (Sonatina) for violin & piano in D major, D384 (Op. posth. 137 No. 1)

Jan Panenka (piano)

Grand Duo for Violin and Piano in A Major, D574

Jan Panenka (piano)

Schumann:

Abendlied (No. 12 from Klavierstücke für kleine und große Kinder, Op. 85)

Smetana:

From the Homeland - two duos for violin and piano

Jan Panenka (piano)

Suk:

Four Pieces for Violin and Piano, Op. 17

Jan Panenka (piano)


Josef Suk (violin)

On the morning on 7 July 2011 the agencies brought the sad news that one of the legends of 20th century music had passed away. Josef Suk ranks among the most accomplished violinists of the epoch. When he launched his artistic career, he was gifted with unquestionable talent but also felt the obligation to meet the enormous general expectations (he was, after all, the grandson of the composer Josef Suk and great grandson of the maestro Antonin Dvořak!).

Back in the mid-1950s he won international recognition – and began recording too. The presented recordings, most of them on CD for the very first time, date from 1956-1967 and introduce Josef Suk as a mature artist with a distinct interpretational approach and a beautiful, characteristic tone. Within a short time, he recorded, primarily with pianists (Holeček, Panenka, Hala), a remarkably extensive repertoire, ranging from pieces by his beloved Dvořak and Suk (to whom he would repeatedly return) to sonatas by Debussy and Janaček (for which he received a Grand Prix du Disque de l’Academie Charles Cros), as well as duos by Kodaly and Honegger with the cellist Andre Navarra.

These carefully remastered recordings serve as a historical document and, above all, bear witness to the art of a superlative young musician whose name would later on be spoken of in the same breath as other legends. Josef Suk’s early recordings – previously unreleased and bearing witness to the legendary 20th-century violinist’s mastery.

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Dvorak: Violin Concerto & Romance

Dvorak: Violin Concerto & Romance


Dvorak:

Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 53

Romance in F minor, Op. 11

Suk:

Fantasy for Violin & Orchestra, Op. 24

A Fairy Tale, Op. 16


A living legend, Josef Suk is rightly considered the most distinguished representative of the 20th-century Czech violin school. His peerless, rich and beautiful tone has been captured on countless other albums. In the year in which Suk celebrated his eightieth birthday Supraphon released his splendid new recording, featuring some of the chamber works of the artist’s grandfather and great-grandfather, respectively – Josef Suk and Antonín Dvořák (SU 3976-2). Suk has taken great care to preserve the artistic legacy of his two celebrated ancestors throughout his life.

In a sensitively remastered form, this CD brings the legendary recordings of Dvořák’s Concerto in A minor and Suk’s Fantasy from the golden era of the soloist and Neumann’s Czech Philharmonic Orchestra alike. Not even Joseph Joachim, the most famous violinist among Dvořák’s contemporaries, ventured to perform the concerto. Yet the recording that originated almost one hundred years later demonstrates that the work ultimately found the most competent hands and heart it could possibly find. True legends – Josef Suk performing Dvořák’s Violin Concerto and Suk’s Fantasy.

“Think of a Czech counterpart to Russia's David Oistrakh: there's the same huge fullness and weight of sound, with technical immensity to match, plus a darkly beautiful tone-quality that goes straight to the music's lyrical heart. Add to this the Czech Philharmonic in its finest vintage ever, with a magnificent conductor at the helm, and you have some unforgettable music-making.” Classic FM Magazine, August 2011 *****

“the passionate projection and razor-like "edge" of Suk's playing bring out all the temperament and local colour that his grandfather (the composer Josef Suk) and great-grandfather (Dvorak) were famous for.” Gramophone Magazine, August 2011

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Dvorak in America

Dvorak in America


Dvorak:

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

Te Deum, Op.103, B.176

String Quartet No. 12 in F major, Op. 96 'American'

Sonatina for violin and piano in G major, Op. 100

String Quintet No. 3 in E flat major, Op. 97 'American'

Waldesruhe (Silent woods) for cello and orchestra, Op. 68 No. 5

Rondo in G minor for cello & orchestra, Op. 94, B. 181

Humoresque in G flat major, Op. 101 No. 7

American Suite in A major, Op. 98a(b)

Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104


Gabriela Benackova (soprano), Jaroslav Soucek (baritone), Josef Suk (violin, viola), Josef Hala (piano), Milos Sadlo (cello) & Josef Chuchro (cello)

Panocha Quartet and Smetana Quartet, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra & Philharmonia, Jakub Hruša, Václav Neumann & Jiří Bělohlávek

The “From the New World” symphony, Cello Concerto in B minor, the “American” quartet... A title with such a selection could without the slightest exaggeration bear the designation “The Best of Dvorák”. It almost defies belief that all these compositions, which brought Dvorák world fame, were written within a mere three years (1892-95) during his sojourn in America.

The music is extremely inspired and profound, perfectly built and immensely amiable for the listener – simply beautiful. It reflects the powerful new sources of inspiration Dvorák discovered in America, yet also echoes homesickness, missing the family and familiar landscape. Josef Suk, the Panocha Quartet, the Czech Philharmonic under Václav Neumann and Jirí Belohlávek – such names are a guarantee of a profound tradition of performing Dvorák’s music. Accordingly, these 3 CDs comprise the gems of the most international of Czech composers as interpreted by artists who further spread and are still spreading the fame of Dvorák’s music worldwide, from America to Japan.

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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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Martinu - Violin Concertos & Rhapsody-Concerto

Martinu - Violin Concertos & Rhapsody-Concerto


Martinu:

Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 1, H. 232bis

Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 2, H. 293

Rhapsody-Concerto for Viola and Orchestra


Legendary, critically acclaimed Suk recordings of Martinù’s concertos in newly re-mastered form. In 1973, together with the conductor Georg Solti, Josef Suk premiered Martinù’s first violin concerto in Chicago. This 'Paris-era' concerto was originally written for the famous violinist Samuel Dushkin. However, it was later mislaid, only to be rediscovered and premiered some 40 years later.

Josef Suk was a sound choice for the concerto’s second life; his 1973 recording with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra (together with Martinù’s second, “American”, violin concerto) won great accolades, including the Grand Prix du disque de l’Academie Charles Cros. In the wake of the two violin concertos, Rhapsody-Concerto for Viola and Orchestra could be deemed the third part of a trilogy written in the post-war chapter of Martinù’s life. Suk’s legendary recordings, newly re-mastered, are released in the year marking the 80th birthday of the violinist and the 50th anniversary of the composer’s death.

“Suk embraces both the acerbic world of the First Concerto, and its more lyrical successor with deep-toned conviction. He's just as convincing on the viola in the more diffuse Rhapsody-Concerto.” BBC Music Magazine, October 2009 *****

“In these excellently remastered recordings… Suk is confirmed as a front runner still and his approach in No 2 makes fascinating listening when compared to Isabelle Faust's superb account. In the Rhapsody-Concerto, with even finer sound, Suk is very competitive compared to Matoušek's full-price version.” Gramophone Magazine, September 2009

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