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The operas of Leoš Janácek have been gaining their rightful place in major opera houses the world over.
First staged in 1904, Jenufa, a powerful tragedy set in a Moravian village, launched Janácek’s operatic career.
The Excursions of Mr Broucek, which had its première in 1920, is his most candidly satirical opera, rich in high jinks as the bumptious Prague publican travels to the Moon and back to the 15th century.
Peter Breiner, who created the compelling orchestral suites heard on this disc, conducts these world première recordings.
Leos Janacek: Jenufa Suite (arr. P. Breiner)
I. Uz se vecer chyli (Night is already falling)
II. Vseci sa zenija - Kazdy parecek (All are getting married - Every couple must get over its problems)
III. Neni ti teskno, Jenufko? (Are you feeling sad, Jenufa?)
IV. Daleko, siroko (Far and wide)
V. Pan Buh rac dat dobry den (May God grant you a good day)
VI. Odesli (They've all left - Now you leave too!)
Leos Janacek: The Excursions of Mr Broucek Suite (arr. P. Breiner)
I. Matej Broucek (Matthew Broucek)
II. Ty bledy brachu tam nahore (There is the Moon)
III. Valciky a jine tance (Waltzes and Other Dances)
IV. Navstevnik ze Zeme (Visitor from Earth)
V. Kdoz su bozi bojovnici (Those Who are the Warriors of God)
“The extracts, expertly chosen by Peter Breiner, stand up reasonably well in the absence of the voices. They are nicely varied in character and pace, and are conducted by him with passion and sympathetic understanding.”
“These are fine performances and stunningly dynamic recordings, with some fine low drum rumbles and plenty of sparkle and colour in the spectrum… if you want some refreshingly new orchestral music and an alternative view on Janácek then this is a very strong contender indeed.”