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Great Czech Conductors: Karel Sejna - Mozart: Sym. 38; Beethoven: Sym. 6; Schubert: Sym. 8; Mahler: Sym. 4

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>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492
>     Overture
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Symphony no 38 in D major, K 504 "Prague"
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : La clemenza di Tito, K 621
>     Overture
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 6 in F major, Op. 68 "Pastoral"
>Schubert, Franz : Symphony no 8 in B minor, D 759 "Unfinished"
>Mahler, Gustav : Symphony no 4 in G major

Album Summary

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Symphony no 38 in D major, K 504 "Prague"
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : La clemenza di Tito, K 621
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 6 in F major, Op. 68 "Pastoral"
>Schubert, Franz : Symphony no 8 in B minor, D 759 "Unfinished"
>Mahler, Gustav : Symphony no 4 in G major
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Rarely mentioned in the same breath as his illustrious colleagues Talich, Kubelík and Ancerl, Karel Sejna (1896-1982) was perennially second-in-command, yet despite failing to receive the credit he deserves he too played a crucial role in shaping the history of the Czech Philharmonic. Initially solo double-bass of the orchestra, he began conducting upon Václav Talich's request and in 1939 was officially named its second conductor. And he also remained deputy after the departure of Talich, who was replaced by Rafael Kubelík, as well as after Kubelík's emigration, when Karel Ancerl was appointed (originally against the orchestra members' will) to the vacant post of chief conductor. Consequently, still playing "second fiddle", Sejna went on to conduct dozens of concerts and make numerous recordings, which today rank among the finest in the SUPRAPHON archives. Period critics branded him a flexible and vivid conductor who always required an understanding of the style and consistently worked with detail. In 1972, Sejna rounded off a half-century of work for the Czech Philharmonic with Mahler's Symphony No. 4.



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Works Details

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492 :: Overture
  • Conductor: Karel Sejna
  • Ensemble: Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 4 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1786

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Symphony no 38 in D major, K 504 "Prague"
  • Conductor: Karel Sejna
  • Notes: Rudolfinum, Prague (08/07/1953/09/11/1953)
  • Running Time: 22 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1786

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : La clemenza di Tito, K 621 :: Overture
  • Conductor: Karel Sejna
  • Notes: Composition written: 1791.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1791

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 6 in F major, Op. 68 "Pastoral"
  • Conductor: Karel Sejna
  • Notes: Rudolfinum, Prague (03/06/1953-03/07/1958); Rudolfinum, Prague (03/09/1953)
  • Running Time: 37 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1808

>Schubert, Franz : Symphony no 8 in B minor, D 759 "Unfinished"
  • Conductor: Karel Sejna
  • Running Time: 23 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1822

>Mahler, Gustav : Symphony no 4 in G major
  • Performer: Maria Tauberova (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Karel Sejna
  • Notes: Domovina Studio (04/06/1950-04/07/1950); Domovina Studio (04/29/1950); Domovina Studio (05/02/1950)
  • Running Time: 51 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1899-1900