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Zdenek Fibich: Overtures - Comenius; A Night at Karlstejn Castle; The Jew of Prague; Ballet Music from Hedy / Czech Nat'l SO; ètilec

Album Summary

>Fibich, Zdenek : Night in Karlstein, overture for orchestra, Op. 26
>Fibich, Zdenek : Comenius Festive Overture, Op. 34
>Fibich, Zdenek : The Jew of Prague Tragedy Overture, for orchestra
>Fibich, Zdenek : Hedy Opera, Op. 43
>Fibich, Zdenek : Hippodamia's Death Melodrama, Op. 33
>Fibich, Zdenek : Prologue to the Opening of the New Czech Theatre, tableau vivant for orchestra
>Fibich, Zdenek : The Great Musical Monograph of the Building of the National Theatre, tableau vivant for orchestra
>Fibich, Zdenek : Music for the Reopening of the National Theatre, tableau vivant for orchestra
>Fibich, Zdenek : Music for the Celebration of the 300th Anniversary of the Birth of Jan Amos Comenius, tableau vivant
Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

This fourth volume in the first complete recording of the orchestral works of Zdenek Fibich features shorter orchestral works and occasional pieces for theatre projects. They include the evocative overture A Night at Karltejn Castle, the Mendelssohnian overture to the incidental music for The Jew of Prague, as well as the witty and elegant ballet music from the opera Hedy. Specially prepared from original sources for this recording by Marek Stilec, the four Tableaux vivants (‘staged pictures’) reflect a 19th-century Central European fashion for staged pieces, including fanfares, majestic ceremony and regal splendour, not intended to outlive their immediate purpose.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: CNSO Studios, Hostivar, Prague, Czech Republic (2013).



Reviews

Delightful overtures
Zdenek Fibich was almost an exact contemporary of Antonin Dovrak. And like his fellow Czech, Fibish's music in infused with the energy of his country's folk music. Volume Four of Naxos' ongoing traversal of Fibich's orchestral music is perhaps the most exciting installment so far.

The disc collects several of Fibich's overtures, as well as the ballet music to hone of his opera, "Hedy.". The scores are from Fibich operas, and all are real curtain-raisers. If you're not familiar with Fibich, these works share the same freshness and energy of Dvorak's concert overtures.

The opera "Hedy" (based on Byron's Don Juan) is filled with exciting ballet sequences, and the 17-minute concert suite Fibich created from it is a high point of the release. While perhaps not quite on par with Tchaikovsky, Fibich nevertheless manages to create charming dances that practically command the listener's body to respond in some way -- if not by dancing around the room, then at least by tapping one's foot (as I did quite frequently).

Marek Stilec and the Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Pardubic play these works with the deep understanding only a native ensemble can bring to Czech repertoire. The pace is quick, the fortes joyfully loud, and the ensemble is fully committed to making these works come alive -- which they do.
Submitted on 06/15/15 by RGraves321 
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Works Details

>Fibich, Zdenek : Night in Karlstein, overture for orchestra, Op. 26
  • Conductor: Marek Stilec
  • Ensemble: Czech National Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 10 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Fibich, Zdenek : Comenius Festive Overture, Op. 34
  • Conductor: Marek Stilec
  • Running Time: 12 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Fibich, Zdenek : The Jew of Prague Tragedy Overture, for orchestra
  • Conductor: Marek Stilec
  • Running Time: 6 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1871

>Fibich, Zdenek : Hedy Opera, Op. 43 :: Ballet music
  • Conductor: Marek Stilec
  • Running Time: 17 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1894-1895

>Fibich, Zdenek : Hippodamia's Death Melodrama, Op. 33 :: March
  • Conductor: Marek Stilec
  • Running Time: 5 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Fibich, Zdenek : Prologue to the Opening of the New Czech Theatre, tableau vivant for orchestra
  • Conductor: Marek Stilec
  • Running Time: 2 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1876

>Fibich, Zdenek : The Great Musical Monograph of the Building of the National Theatre, tableau vivant for orchestra
  • Conductor: Marek Stilec
  • Running Time: 5 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Fibich, Zdenek : Music for the Reopening of the National Theatre, tableau vivant for orchestra
  • Conductor: Marek Stilec
  • Running Time: 3 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Fibich, Zdenek : Music for the Celebration of the 300th Anniversary of the Birth of Jan Amos Comenius, tableau vivant
  • Conductor: Marek Stilec
  • Running Time: 2 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic