JANACEK Sinfonietta, Taras Bulba, The Ballad of Blanik, The Fiddler`s Child. Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra / Tomas Netopil. Supraphon

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Leos Janacek

Sinfonietta, Taras Bulba, The Ballad of Blanik, The Fiddler's Child

Sinfonietta (1926) 23:25

  • 1/ I. Allegretto 2:18
  • 2/ II. Andante 5:59
  • 3/ III. Moderato 5:08
  • 4/ IV. Allegretto 2:54
  • 5/ V. Andante con moto – Allegretto 7:05
  • 6/ The Fiddler´s Child

Ballad based on the poem by Svatopluk Čech (1912– 1913) 12:47

  • 7/ The Ballad of Blaník

Symphonic poem based on Jaroslav Vrchlický (1919) 8:19

Taras Bulba

Rhapsody for Orchestra based on N. V. Gogol´s novel (1915-18) 23:45

  • 8/ I. The Death of Andrei 8:58
  • 9/ II. The Death of Ostap 5:13
  • 10/ III. The Prophecy and Death of Taras Bulba 9:30

Recorded at the Rudolfinum, Prague, June 22-24 and 29, and September 30, 2012.

Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra / Tomas Netopil

The first new Czech recording of Janacek’s Sinfonietta and symphonic poems in many years.

Janácek did not write a great quantity of symphonic works. Besides the Lachian Dances and an outline of the symphony Danube, they merely number the four compositions on this CD: three symphonic poems and the celebrated Sinfonietta. The symphonic poems, created within eight years between 1913 and 1920, reflect the turbulent political events and social tensions of the time, as well as Janácek’s keen interest in Czech and Russian literature. The Ballad of Blaník is based on a poem by Jaroslav Vrchlický, while The Fiddler’s Child was written to verses by Svatopluk Èech.

When reading Gogol’s novella Taras Bulba, Janacek was impressed by its hero, a Cossack chieftain, and referred to the author as the “prophet of the Slavs”. Sinfonietta, indisputably the most significant Janacek orchestral piece, was premiered in June 1926 in Prague by Václav Talich with the Czech Philharmonic. Tomáš Netopil, the winner of the Sir Georg Solti International Conducting Competition and a regular guest of leading orchestras (Berliner Philharmoniker, London Philharmonic, etc.) and prestigious opera stages worldwide, has materialised his singular vision of Janacek’s music in the recording made with the splendid Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra.

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