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Leos Janácek: Sinfonietta; Taras Bulba; The Ballad of Blanik; The Fiddler's Child / Tomas Netopil

Album Summary

>Janácek, Leos : Sinfonietta
>Janácek, Leos : The Fiddler's Child (Sumarovo Dite), ballad for orchestra, JW 6/14
>Janácek, Leos : Ballad of Blanik (Ballada blanicka), symphonic poem for orchestra, JW 6/16
>Janácek, Leos : Taras Bulba
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Janacek 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 Janacek's keen interest in Czech and Russian literature. The Ballad of Blanik is based on a poem by Jaroslav Vrchlicky, while The Fiddler's Child was written to verses by Svatopluk Cech. 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 Vaclav Talich with the Czech Philharmonic. Toma 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 materialized his singular vision of Janacek's music in the recording made with the splendid Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra.

The Guardian, 23rd May 2013
[in The Ballad of Blaník & the Fiddler's Child] Netopil shows that he is a subtle and meticulous Janácek interpreter, while the Prague players prove they can produce playing of real delicacy and tonal refinement.

Gramophone Magazine, August 2013
A superb programme...The substantially gifted Tomá Netopil has the full measure of all four works...You hear everything and yet not a single note obtrudes. An absolute winner.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Rudolfinum, Prague (2012-06-22_2012-06-24&2012-).



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Works Details

>Leos Janácek (Composer) (1854 - 1928) : Sinfonietta
  • Conductor: Tomás Netopil
  • Ensemble: Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Rudolfinum, Prague (2012-06-22_2012-06-24&2012-)
  • Running Time: 22 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1926

>Leos Janácek (Composer) (1854 - 1928) : The Fiddler's Child (Sumarovo Díte), ballad for orchestra, JW 6/14
  • Performer: Petr Zdvihal (Violin)
  • Conductor: Tomás Netopil
  • Notes: Rudolfinum, Prague (2012-06-22_2012-06-24&2012-)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1913

>Leos Janácek (Composer) (1854 - 1928) : Ballad of Blaník (Ballada blanická), symphonic poem for orchestra, JW 6/16
  • Conductor: Tomás Netopil
  • Notes: Rudolfinum, Prague (2012-06-22_2012-06-24&2012-)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: ?09/1919-10/1919

>Leos Janácek (Composer) (1854 - 1928) : Taras Bulba
  • Conductor: Tomás Netopil
  • Notes: Rudolfinum, Prague (2012-06-22_2012-06-24&2012-)
  • Running Time: 23 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1915-1918