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Martinu: Julietta Orchestra Suite and Fragments / Sir Charles Mackerras, et al

Album Summary

>Martinu, Bohuslav : Julietta, suite from the opera, H. 253b (arranged by Vostrak)
>Martinu, Bohuslav : Julietta, fragments (3) from the opera for soloists, chorus & orchestra, H. 253a
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

"Magdalena Kozena is magnificent as the volatile Julietta and is excellently matched by Steve Davislim's Michel. Davislim is also terrific in the opera's almost unbearably poignant finale. Along with three orchestral excerpts, including the opera's prelude, these fragments provide a fitting tribute to Mackerras's profound understanding of Martinu's musical character." -BBC Music Magazine

"Mackerras directs a wonderful performance and while Kozena sings the title-role beautifully she is in excellent company. The Czech Philharmonic Orchestra play superbly throughout, not least in the sensible coupling of Zbynek Vostrak’s expert arrangement of three of Julietta's orchestral episodes. I cannot recommend this scintillating disc highly enough." -Gramophone

"An outstanding Martinu anniversary issue." -Sunday Times, CD of the Week

World Premiere Recording decades after Martinu's death. Live Recording from the work's world premiere on December 12, 2008. Features Australians Steve Davislim and Czech specialist Sir Charles Mackerras, plus international opera star Magdalena Kozena. Magdalena Kozena (soprano), Steve Davislim (tenor), Frederic Goncalves, Michele Lagrange, Nicolas Teste, Czech Philharmonic Orc



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>Martinu, Bohuslav : Julietta, suite from the opera, H. 253b (arranged by Vostrák)
  • Conductor: Charles Mackerras
  • Ensemble: Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Rudolfinum Studio, Prague, Czech Republic (12/05/2008-12/06/2008)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Martinu, Bohuslav : Julietta, fragments (3) from the opera for soloists, chorus & orchestra, H. 253a
  • Performers: Steve Davislim (Tenor); Daniela Demuthov (Voice); Frédéric Goncalves (Voice); Karel Kosárek (Piano); Milada Kosinov (Voice); Magdalena Kozená (Voice); Michele Lagrange (Soprano); Veronika Mrácková-Fucíkov (Voice); Stepánka Pychov (Voice); Nicolas Testé (Voice)
  • Conductor: Charles Mackerras
  • Ensemble: Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Rudolfinum Studio, Prague, Czech Republic (12/11/2008-12/12/2008)
  • Running Time: 38 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 04/1939