Janacek: Sinfonietta

This page lists all recordings of Sinfonietta, by Leos Janacek (1854-1928) on CD, SACD, DVD, Blu-ray & download (MP3 & FLAC). Generally, more recent releases are listed first, but with priority given to those that are in stock.

Recommendations

First Choice
July 2017
Also Recommended
July 2017
Also Recommended
July 2017
Editor's Choice
August 2013
RosetteFinalist

All recordings

Prices shown exclude VAT. (UK tax is not payable for deliveries to United States.)
See Terms & Conditions for p&p rates.

Jos van Immerseel conducts Dvorak & Janacek

Jos van Immerseel conducts Dvorak & Janacek


Dvorak:

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

Janacek:

Sinfonietta


Happy Birthday, Mister Jos!

Jos Van Immerseel is celebrating his 70th birthday with three important releases that will punctuate the end of the year at Alpha: a symphonic programme (Janacek, Dvorak), a chamber music programme (Schubert) and a set grouping the rereleases of his recordings of French music.

These anthologies will once again demonstrate everything the pianofortist brings to the interpretation of the symphonic and chamber repertoires. With his musicians and companions from Anima Eterna, he has created a veritable musical troupe, in turn students, orchestral players, soloists... Together, they carefully select the most appropriate instrument to interpret a given piece, prepared to wait several months if necessary for the instrument to be ready before programming it. And together, they seek the sound and style corresponding to their ideal.

The autumn of 2015 will therefore be placed under the magic of Jos's fortepiano, the original colours of the brass section in Janacek's Sinfonietta, the magnificent voices of Thomas Bauer and his schoolmates…

“Violins play on E strings made of gut rather than steel and slap on plenty of idiomatic slides between notes, but mostly it’s the light, bright articulation and taut energy that give away the band’s baroque sensibility. Patches of scrappy violin playing come as a bit of a jolt, but the brass fanfares are terrific – boisterous but clear as a bell.” The Guardian, 8th October 2015 ***

“Just occasionally Immerseel errs on the side of caution, which is of little account given the enormous amount of pleasure - and instruction - that this excellent coupling provides.” Gramophone Magazine, October 2015

A Musical Picture - up to 40% off

Alpha - ALPHA206

(CD)

Normally: $15.75

Special: $12.12

(also available to download from $10.00)

In stock - usually despatched within 1 working day.

Janáček: Orchestral Works, Vol. 1

Janáček: Orchestral Works, Vol. 1


Janacek:

Sinfonietta

Capriccio for piano (left hand) & chamber ensemble, JW VII/12 'Vzdor'

Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (piano)

The Cunning Little Vixen - Suite


Read Presto's complete review of this disc here.

Edward Gardner conducts the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra in the opening volume in their series devoted to orchestral works by Leoš Janáček. It features three pieces that originate in Janáček’s late period, when his passionate feelings for Kamila Stösslová, thirty-seven years his junior, inspired an extraordinary flowering of his creative genius.

The Sinfonietta is one of Janáček’s most successful and popular works, famed for its opening movement, a brazen fanfare scored for a phalanx of brass with timpani. The remaining four movements, full of character, celebrate Janáček’s adopted town of Brno, blending occasional reflection with high-voltage exuberance.

Scored unusually for left-hand piano and an ensemble of brass and flute, the Capriccio is remarkable even among Janáček’s distinctive late works. Its overall effect is mercurial and capricious, in the composer’s words: ‘whimsical, all wilfulness and witticisms’. Jean-Efflam Bavouzet employs his formidable technique and interpretative flair in the solo part.

The Cunning Little Vixen, Janáček’s opera from 1923, was not universally well received at first. A number of its orchestral interludes, however, were immediately popular and after Janáček’s death in 1928 Václav Talich, a leading Czech conductor, extracted an orchestral suite, re-orchestrated by two young colleagues. Recently Sir Charles Mackerras restored Janáček’s striking original orchestration, the version recorded here.

“the wonderfully quirky instrumentation of piano left hand, flute/piccolo, trumpets, trombones and tenor tuba against the Capriccio...makes these splendidly vivid performances most welcome. The Vixen suite, in Mackerras’s restoration, completes an exhilarating disc.” Sunday Times, 5th October 2014

“While both the Sinfonietta and the suite...receive fine performances – and in the case of the Sinfonietta’s later movements, particularly feisty, urgent ones – it’s the account of the wonderfully quirky Capriccio between them with Jean-Efflam Bavouzet as soloist that hogs the limelight.” The Guardian, 16th October 2014 ****

“Bavouzet enters delightfully into its schizophrenic mindset, half-jaunty, half-ruminative. Edward Gardner, the conductor, is brilliantly animated in the coruscating Sinfonietta and the loveable suite from The Cunning Little Vixen” Financial Times, 1st November 2014 ***

“Gardner’s way with Janáček’s music is not the only way – but it’s pretty persuasive. The Bergen Philharmonic offer excellent playing throughout this programme and Chandos have recorded the orchestra in warm but well-detailed and well–focused sound...This, I suspect, is going to be a rewarding series to follow and this first disc is an auspicious start.” MusicWeb International, 17th November 2014

“we have a fine interpreter of Janáček and a distinguished orchestra...Orchestral ensemble is good though not always the intonation. still, the remaining movements are more compelling, with vivid orchestral playing, including luxurious strings in the third movement.” BBC Music Magazine, Christmas 2014 ****

“the players are brilliant and the sound is glorious, very skilfully recorded...the Bavouzet performs dazzling feats of virtuosity with a truly exacting solo part; and the extraordinary, fascinating textures are displayed by both artists and recording engineers.” Gramophone Magazine, December 2014

Presto Disc of the Week

29th September 2014

Presto Discs of 2014

Finalist

Super Audio CD

Format:

Hybrid Multi-channel

Chandos - up to 40% off

Chandos Janacek: Orchestral Works - CHSA5142

(SACD)

Normally: $15.00

Special: $12.75

(also available to download from $10.00)

In stock - usually despatched within 1 working day.

Vaclav Neumann conducts Smetana, Dvorak, Beethoven & Janacek

Vaclav Neumann conducts Smetana, Dvorak, Beethoven & Janacek


Beethoven:

Symphony No. 1 in C major, Op. 21

Dvorak:

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

Janacek:

Sinfonietta

Taras Bulba

Smetana:

The Bartered Bride Overture


King Records - KKC2051

(CD - 2 discs)

$31.25

In stock - usually despatched within 1 working day.

Claudio Abbado Conducts Prokofiev, Hindemith & Janáček

Claudio Abbado Conducts Prokofiev, Hindemith & Janáček


Hindemith:

Symphonic Metamorphoses on Themes by Carl Maria von Weber

Janacek:

Sinfonietta

Prokofiev:

Symphony No. 3 in C minor, Op. 44

Symphony No. 1 in D major, Op. 25 'Classical'

Romeo and Juliet, Op. 64 - excerpts

Chout (The Buffoon): ballet suite, Op. 21b (excerpts)


Orchestral showpieces such as those grouped here were among the most obvious beneficiaries of the advances in recording technique pioneered by Decca from the late 1950s onwards. Works which may have seemed dauntingly complex to an earlier generation of gramophone collectors could now be captured with startling clarity, due in no small part to the improved acoustic spread, and it was at this time that the great twentieth-century classics began to win a larger audience.

When the young Claudio Abbado came to make these recordings in London in the 1960s (he was 32 at the time of his very first Decca session on 11 February 1966 at which the recordings of Prokofiev’s Chout and Romeo and Juliet were begun), he had already begun to demonstrate his commitment to contemporary Italian music, and so it is perhaps not too surprising that he should have been contracted to record these classic works from the twentieth-century orchestral repertoire. This release is also interesting as an early document of Abbado’s relationship with the LSO in 1966, eventually becoming its principal conductor in 1979.

Australian Eloquence - ELQ4806611

(CD - 2 discs)

$12.75

(Sorry, download not available in your country)

In stock - usually despatched within 1 working day.

Janacek: Glagolitic Mass & Sinfonietta

Janacek: Glagolitic Mass & Sinfonietta


Janacek:

Glagolitic Mass

Gabriela Beňačková (soprano), Felicity Palmer (mezzo), Gary Lakes (tenor), Anatoly Kotcherga (bass)

London Symphony Chorus (chorus)

Sinfonietta


Presto CD

Sony - SK47182

(Presto CD)

$15.00

In stock - usually despatched within 1 working day.

Janacek: Taras Bulba, Concertino & Sinfonietta

Janacek: Taras Bulba, Concertino & Sinfonietta


Janacek:

Taras Bulba

Concertino, JW VII/11

Sinfonietta


Together with Sir Charles Mackerras, Rafael Kubelik's name is synonymous with the music of Janacek. Here, reissued at budget price, are his superb readings of a trio of Janacek masterpieces recorded for Deutsche Grammophon, recordings that have plenty of weight, get to the heart of the emotion of the music as well as giving it clarity and transparency when called for.

“...a splendid recording...authoritative performance - and not least for the impressive sound.” Gramophone Magazine

“Janáček's compatriot Rafael Kubelík was an ardent champion of his music: this bargain disc of the major orchestral works (recorded in 1970 and 1971, with excellent restored sound) brings out the glittering brilliance of the Sinfonietta and has the added bonus of Rudolf Firkušný (who studied with the composer) in the Concertino.” Katherine Cooper, Presto Classical, May 2014

Australian Eloquence - ELQ4800643

(CD)

$9.25

In stock - usually despatched within 1 working day.

Dvorak: Cello Concerto, Janacek: Sinfonietta & Tchaikovsky: Romeo & Juliet

Dvorak: Cello Concerto, Janacek: Sinfonietta & Tchaikovsky: Romeo & Juliet


Dvorak:

Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104

Janacek:

Sinfonietta

Tchaikovsky:

Romeo & Juliet - Fantasy Overture


Legendary cellist Pierre Fournier's stereo recording of the Dvorak Cello Concerto is well known, but his earlier recording from July 1954 for Decca is largely forgotten. It is revived in this Kubelik-led anthology, also bringing back to the catalogue the conductor's mono version of the Janacek Sinfonietta and his electrifying account of Tchaikovsky's love poem Romeo and Juliet, both recorded in March 1955. All recordings make their first international appearance on CD.

Australian Eloquence - ELQ4800955

(CD)

$9.25

In stock - usually despatched within 1 working day.

Janacek: Sinfonietta, Taras Bulba & Concertino

Janacek: Sinfonietta, Taras Bulba & Concertino


Janacek:

Sinfonietta

Taras Bulba

Concertino, JW VII/11


Penguin Guide

Rosette Winner

Building a Library

Also Recommended - July 2017

Building a Library

Also Recommended - April 2005

Presto CD

DG Rosette Collection - 4762196

(Presto CD)

$11.50

In stock - usually despatched within 1 working day.

Janacek: Sinfonietta

Janacek: Sinfonietta


Janacek:

Sinfonietta

Vienna Philharmonic, Sir Charles Mackerras

Taras Bulba

Vienna Philharmonic, Sir Charles Mackerras

Lachian Dances

London Philharmonic Orchestra, François Huybrechts

Suite for string orchestra, JW 6/2

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Neville Marriner

Mládí (Youth), for wind sextet

Bell (flute/piccolo), Craxton (oboe), Pay (clarinet), Harris (bass clarinet), Gatt (bassoon), Eastop (horn)

Capriccio for piano (left hand) & chamber ensemble, JW VII/12 'Vzdor'

London Sinfonietta, David Atherton

Concertino, JW VII/11

Paul Crossley (piano)

London Sinfonietta, David Atherton


Building a Library

Also Recommended - July 2017

Building a Library

Modern Choice - April 2005

Decca - Double Decca - 4482552

(CD - 2 discs)

$13.50

(also available to download from $10.00)

In stock - usually despatched within 1 working day.

Tribute to Zdenek Kosler

Tribute to Zdenek Kosler


Bartók:

Dance Suite, BB 86, Sz. 77

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra

Borkovec:

START, symphonic allegro for large orchestra

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra

Honegger:

Concertino for Piano & Orchestra

Boris Krajny (piano)

Prague Symphony Orchestra

Janacek:

Sinfonietta

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra

Martinu:

Parables after the poems by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry & Georges Neveu

Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra

Milhaud:

Symphony No. 10, Op. 382

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra

Prokofiev:

Scythian Suite, Op. 20

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra

Smetana:

The Bartered Bride Overture

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra

Stravinsky:

Petrushka

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra


Zdeněk Košler , Czech conductor and accomplished disciple of Karel Ancerl, was never happier than when directing Smetana's Dalibor or Libuše, or Dvořák’s Jakobin. His love of opera did not detract from his meticulous and inspired conducting of orchestral music, whose modernity was not as readily appreciated by the general public. Although a distinguished Mozartian, he only ventured into his magic world in Solvakia. The programme presented here provides proof of his extraordinary lucidity, appreciated by connoisseurs of his Dvořák, Martinů, Prokofiev or Shostakovich. He tended to let other conductors of the Czech Philharmonic shine with Smetana, Dvořák and Suk, his achievements focusing on more challenging (non Slavic) repertoires by Wagner, Roussel or Bartók..

Released or re-released in last 6 months

Praga Digitals - PRD250377

(CD - 2 discs)

$16.00

Usually despatched in 2 - 3 working days.

Page: 

1 2 3 4 5 6 7

 Next >>

Copyright © 2002-17 Presto Classical Limited, all rights reserved.