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Janácek: Sinfonietta; Taras Bulba; Lachian Dances / Mackerras; Huybrechts

Album Summary

>Janácek, Leos [Composer] : Sinfonietta for orchestra ("Military," "Sokol Festival"), JW 6/18
>Janácek, Leos [Composer] : Taras Bulba, rhapsody for orchestra, JW 6/15
>Janácek, Leos [Composer] : Lachian (Lasské) Dances (6) for orchestra, JW 6/17
Conductors Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

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Classics Today
This performance of the Sinfonietta is thrilling: swifter than the somewhat staid Decca recordings and even more exciting than Mackerras' famous first effort with the Pro Arte Orchestra (now on Testament). He whips up the excitement at such points as the third movement's central climax with uninhibited abandon, and the Czech Philharmonic responds with explosive enthusiasm. The same qualities characterize the second two movements of Taras Bulba; the first is a touch relaxed, not as violent in the battle scene as some others I could name (Ancerl, for example), but it's never slack or self-consciously smooth. The recordings - both live and studio efforts from a variety of venues - sound consistently excellent. Mackerras did more for Janácek than any other conductor living or dead, and it's fitting that he should leave his final thoughts on this music with the Czech Philharmonic and Supraphon. A set not to be missed! [5/4/2004]

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Kingsway Hall, London (03/25/1980-03/26/1980); Sofiensaal, Vienna (03/25/1980-03/26/1980); Kingsway Hall, London (10/22/1970-10/27/1970); Sofiensaal, Vienna (10/22/1970-10/27/1970).



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>Janácek, Leos [Composer] : Sinfonietta for orchestra ("Military," "Sokol Festival"), JW 6/18
  • Conductor: Charles Mackerras
  • Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic
  • Notes: Sofiensaal, Vienna (03/25/1980-03/26/1980)
  • Running Time: 24 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1926

>Janácek, Leos [Composer] : Taras Bulba, rhapsody for orchestra, JW 6/15
  • Conductor: Charles Mackerras
  • Ensemble: London Phhilharmonic
  • Notes: Sofiensaal, Vienna (03/25/1980-03/26/1980)
  • Running Time: 23 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1915-1918

>Janácek, Leos [Composer] : Lachian (Lasské) Dances (6) for orchestra, JW 6/17
  • Conductor: François Huybrechts
  • Notes: Kingsway Hall, London (10/22/1970-10/27/1970)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1924