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Janacek: Glagolitic Mass; Sinfonietta / Libor, Marciniec, Bentch, Gierlach [Blu-ray audio]

Album Summary

>Janácek, Leos : Glagolitic Mass
>Janácek, Leos : Sinfonietta
Performer Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Leo Janácek's dramatic Glagolitic Mass is set to a ninth century Old Church Slavonic text. With its highly individual synthesis of thunderous brass outbursts, rhythmic energy, radiant melodies and interludes of rapt contemplation, the work has established itself as a unique contribution to the choral repertoire. An avowed statement of his belief and patriotic pride in Czechoslovakian national independence, Janácek's Sinfonietta uses spectacular large-scale orchestral forces. Both of these works belong to the composer's last and most inspired decade, and represent his mature musical language at its most communicative. Antoni Wit, one of the most highly regarded Polish conductors, studied conducting with Henryk Czyz and composition with Krzysztof Penderecki at the Academy of Music in Kraków, subsequently continuing his studies with Nadia Boulanger in Paris. In 2002 he became managing and artistic director of the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra.

The original invoice in the exhibition is now considered among the greatest choral works of the 20th Century. They perform is not easy and it requires such a good staff, as they are gathered here to take action to comply with a musical level, as well as a sound engineer who knows how to arrange the musical layers properly. This is succeeded excellently. Several recording just have sinned with a stringent sound that made the music to be glistening cold. Here is the basic sound warm and full, Wit can color and Dynamiknuancierung effectively began. The transparent, perfectly balanced sound too impressive, show the quality of both the choir and the orchestra. Antoni Wits moderate tempos are also of benefit guarantee and the ensembles as well as the excellent quartet

BBC Music Magazine
This is a strong performance, and the Blu-ray opens out the choral sound so that the balance of Janacek's rich textures is more natural, without soften its edges. The Sinfonietta is a touch more recessed, but still stirs the blood.

Financial Times
Both pieces receive crisp, radiant and transparent performances.

Audiophile Audition
There are many competing recorded versions of both Janácek works, but this is the first in hi-res multichannel. The 1990 recording of both pieces with the London Symphony Chorus and Orchestra conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas was what I had on hand, and is very good. But the sonics of this new audio-only Blu-ray are so superior (in both options) I found it difficult to make a comparison. Antoni Wit has conducted his Warsaw musicians in a number of excellent recordings for Naxos and other labels.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Warsaw Philharmonic Hall, Warsaw, Poland (04/2010/09/2009).


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Works Details

>Leos Janácek (Composer) (1854 - 1928) : Glagolitic Mass
  • Performer: Christine Libor
  • Conductor: Antoni Wit
  • Ensemble: Warsaw Philharmonic Choir
  • Notes: Warsaw Philharmonic Hall, Warsaw, Poland (04/26/2010/04/27/2010)
  • Running Time: 37 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1926-1927

>Leos Janácek (Composer) (1854 - 1928) : Sinfonietta
  • Conductor: Antoni Wit
  • Ensemble: Warsaw Philharmonic Choir
  • Notes: Warsaw Philharmonic Hall, Warsaw, Poland (09/29/2009/09/30/2009)
  • Running Time: 22 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1926