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Dvorak: Sacred Works & Cantatas

Dvorak: Sacred Works & Cantatas


Dvorak:

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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Life with Czech Music - Janacek & Martinu

Life with Czech Music - Janacek & Martinu


Janacek:

Jealousy (original prelude to Jenufa)

The Cunning Little Vixen - Suite

Sárka, overture

Taras Bulba

Káta Kabanová: Overture & Interludes

Schluch und Jau, music for Gerhart Hauptmann's play

Sinfonietta

Glagolitic Mass

Elisabeth Söderström (soprano), Drahomira Drobkova (contralto), Frantisek Livora (tenor), Richard Novak (bass), Jan Hora (organ)

Amarus - Cantata for Soloists, Mixed Chorus and Orchestra

Kvetoslava Nemeckova (soprano), Leo Marian Vodicka (tenor), Vaclav Zitek (baritone)

Prague Philharmonic Choir

Glagolitic Mass (first version)

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Eva Urbanova (soprano), Bernarda Fink (contralto), Leo Marian Vodicka (tenor), Peter Mikulas (baritone), Jan Hora (organ)

Prague Philharmonic Choir

Jealousy (original prelude to Jenufa)

DVD

Taras Bulba

DVD

Martinu:

Julietta: orchestral suite

Field Mass

Vaclav Zitek (baritone)

Prague Philharmonic Choir

Double Concerto for Strings, Piano & Timpani

Josef Ruzicka (piano), Jan Bouse (timpani)

Les Fresques de Piero della Francesca, H. 352

Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra


"He was an amazing musician. There can be very few conductors who can manage stylistically the breadth that he did. But I think my favourite contribution from him was bringing Czech music to the West." This is the opera star Renée Fleming's glowing description of Sir Charles Mackerras, whose long and incredibly fruitful conducting career and life ended at the age of 84 this July. Indeed, over the past few decades Czech music has not had a more vigorous advocate and champion in the world, nor a greater fan and connoisseur. Throughout the music world, Mackerras’s name is synonymous with Czech music itself – Janáček in particular. Sir Charles fatefully encountered Janáček during the very first days of his studies with Václav Talich in Prague. Subsequently, he introduced Janáček to the wider world. "Nobody needs me to say that Mozart and Handel are great composers, whereas they did need somebody to say that Janáček is a great composer too, and that’s what I did. If I have achieved anything in my life, it is the propagation of Janáček." Supraphon had the truly great honour of co-operating with this superlative conductor until the very end. The albums featuring the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra in particular have captured Mackerras’s vision of a wide scale of works by the four greatest Czech composers. The list of awards these recordings have received is long... Let us then instead spend our time listening to his musical legacy on these CDs, which Supraphon with respect and love for Sir Charles presents to all those who would like to recollect this great man.

4 CDs and DVD

“Even the recording acoustic is warm, enough sometimes to curl the music’s edges and smudge away little details. But Mackerras’s handling of this repertoire is so fresh, so responsive to the folk-music gestures embedded within, that you still listen beaming...No matter what the new year brings, these commemorative boxes should give comfort and joy.” The Times, 17th December 2010

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Supraphon - SU40422

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Best of Eva Urbanova

Best of Eva Urbanova


Cilea:

Poveri fiori (from Adriana Lecouvreur)

Janacek:

Jenufa (Co chvíla / A moment)

Mascagni:

Voi lo sapete o mamma (from Cavalleria rusticana)

Puccini:

Vissi d'arte (from Tosca)

In questa reggia (from Turandot)

Smetana:

Libuse: Libuse's Prophecy

Verdi:

Ritorna vincitor! (from Aida)

Tu che le vanità (from Don Carlo)

La Vergine degli Angeli (from La Forza del Destino)

Ecco l'orrido campo … Ma dall'arido stelo divulsa (from Un ballo in maschera)


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Supraphon - SU39352

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Famous Czech Opera Duets

Famous Czech Opera Duets


Dvorak:

We have wandered in foreign lands (from The Jacobin)

Do you still know me, lover? (from Rusalka)

Fibich:

Woe! Help me! (from Sárka)

Janacek:

But what now? Who will save my child? (from Jenufa)

Smetana:

Behold! Now from the misty veils just formed (from Libuse)

Nuze, mily chasniku (from The Bartered Bride)

Faithful love cannot be marred (from The Bartered Bride)

We shall make a graceful little bear of you (from The Bartered Bride)

Dalibor, I beg your pardon (from Dalibor)


Eva Urbanová (soprano)

Janacek Philharmonic Orchestra of Europe, Frantisek Preisler

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Supraphon - SU35552

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Dvorak: Stabat Mater, Op. 58

Dvorak: Stabat Mater, Op. 58


Eva Urbanova (soprano), Marta Benackova (contralto), John Uhlenhopp (tenor), Peter Mikulas (bass),

Prague Symphony Orchestra, Prague Philharmonic Choir, Bambini di Praga, Jiři Bělohlávek

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Supraphon - SU33112

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