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Janacek: Orchestral Works, Vol. 1 - Cunning Little Vixen, suite; Sinfonietta; Capriccio / Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, piano

Album Summary

>Janácek, Leos : Sinfonietta
>Janácek, Leos : Capriccio for Piano left hand and Winds "Defiance"
>Janácek, Leos : Príhody Lisky Bystrousky (The Cunning Little Vixen)
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Conductor Edward Gardner and the Bergen Philharmonic here commence their series devoted to Leos? Janac?ek's orchestral works. This opening salvo features three works from Janac?ek's late, great period: The Sinfonietta, one of the composer's most successful and popular works; the Capriccio, with pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet taking on the left-hand solo part, and, restored to its original, striking orchestration by Sir Charles Mackerras, the suite of instrumental interludes from Janac?ek's 1923 opera 'The Cunning Little Vixen'.

American Record Guide, March/April 2015
This recording has some interesting things to say about Janacek, and I look forward to hearing more. Playing and sound are excellent. The notes by Tyrrell, author of a huge new biography of Janacek, are very helpful.

Sunday Times, 5th October 2014
The wonderfully quirky instrumentation of piano left hand, flute/piccolo, trumpets, trombones and tenor tuba against the Capriccio...makes these splendidly vivid performances most welcome. The Vixen suite, in Mackerras's restoration, completes an exhilarating disc.

The Guardian, 16th October 2014
While both the Sinfonietta and the suite...receive fine performances - and in the case of the Sinfonietta's later movements, particularly feisty, urgent ones - it's the account of the wonderfully quirky Capriccio between them with Jean-Efflam Bavouzet as soloist that hogs the limelight.

Financial Times, 1st November 2014
Bavouzet enters delightfully into its schizophrenic mindset, half-jaunty, half-ruminative. Edward Gardner, the conductor, is brilliantly animated in the coruscating Sinfonietta and the loveable suite from The Cunning Little Vixen.

MusicWeb International, 17th November 2014
Gardner's way with Jancek's music is not the only way - but it's pretty persuasive. The Bergen Philharmonic offer excellent playing throughout this programme and Chandos have recorded the orchestra in warm but well-detailed and well - focused sound...This, I suspect, is going to be a rewarding series to follow and this first disc is an auspicious start.

BBC Music Magazine, Christmas 2014
We have a fine interpreter of Jancek and a distinguished orchestra...Orchestral ensemble is good though not always the intonation. still, the remaining movements are more compelling, with vivid orchestral playing, including luxurious strings in the third movement.

Gramophone Magazine, December 2014
The players are brilliant and the sound is glorious, very skilfully recorded...the Bavouzet performs dazzling feats of virtuosity with a truly exacting solo part; and the extraordinary, fascinating textures are displayed by both artists and recording engineers.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Grieghallen, Bergen, Norway (03/10/2014-03/12/2014).



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Works Details

>Leos Janácek (Composer) (1854 - 1928) : Sinfonietta
  • Conductor: Edward Gardner
  • Ensemble: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Grieghallen, Bergen, Norway (03/10/2014-03/12/2014)
  • Running Time: 23 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1926

>Leos Janácek (Composer) (1854 - 1928) : Capriccio for Piano left hand and Winds "Defiance"
  • Performers: Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (Piano); Jon Behncke (Trumpet); Christopher Dudley (Trombone); Oyvind Hage (Trombone); Kjell Husom (Trombone); Hans Kjolberg (Tuba); Ingela Oien (Flute); Gary Peterson (Trumpet)
  • Conductor: Edward Gardner
  • Notes: Grieghallen, Bergen, Norway (03/10/2014-03/12/2014)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1926

>Leos Janácek (Composer) (1854 - 1928) : Príhody Lisky Bystrousky (The Cunning Little Vixen)
  • Conductor: Edward Gardner
  • Notes: Grieghallen, Bergen, Norway (03/10/2014-03/12/2014)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta