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Janácek: Orchestral Works, Vol. 2 - Taras Bulba; Jealousy, The Fiddler's Child; The Ballad of Blanik; Violin Concerto; The Danube / James Ehnes, violin

Album Summary

>Janácek, Leos [Composer] : Jealousy (Zárlivost), overture for orchestra, JW 6/10
>Janácek, Leos [Composer] : Concerto for Violin ("Putování dusicky," "Pilgrimage of the Soul"), JW 9/10 (fragments completed by
>Janácek, Leos [Composer] : Ballad of Blaník (Ballada blanická), symphonic poem for orchestra, JW 6/16
>Janácek, Leos [Composer] : The Fiddler's Child (Sumarovo Díte), ballad for orchestra, JW 6/14
>Janácek, Leos [Composer] : Dunaj (The Danube), symphonic poem, JW 9/7 (fragments, completed by O. Chlubna and by M. Stredron &
>Janácek, Leos [Composer] : Taras Bulba, rhapsody for orchestra, JW 6/15
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The Bergen Philharmonic and conductor Edward Gardner are featured once again on this second volume in the Chandos label's series devoted to the orchestral works of Leo Janácek. The repertoire on this disc includes some of the composer's greatest programmatic pieces. Unsurprisingly, the first piece featured here is Jealousy - his first declared piece of program music, originally written to preface the opera Jenufa but never included in any production of it during his lifetime. Both The Ballad of Blaník and The Fiddler's Child (also known as a 'ballad for orchestra') are characterized by the use of musicals symbols reflecting the Czech poems on which the pieces are based and also some of the composer's personal reflections and responses. The one-movement Violin Concerto," The Wandering of a Little Soul", is a more mysterious piece, with uncertainties surrounding the title, date of creation, and the goals of its composition. Milo Stedron and Leo Faltus, using Janácek's sketches, reconstructed the version recorded here, in similar fashion to the composer's unfinished Danube symphony. An interpretation of the famous tale by Gogol, Taras Bulba (1915) was Janácek's most substantial orchestral work to that time. It is inflected with folk dances, battle and horse-riding music, and suffering and love, all brought to a grandiloquent apotheosis in orchestration of almost cinematic vividness. "Gardner's way with Janácek's music is... pretty persuasive. Chandos have recorded the orchestra in warm but well-detailed and well - focused sound." (MusicWeb Int'l on V1)

The Guardian, 23rd April 2015
Ardner's survey with the Bergen Phil taps into his boundless, brazen invention; that uniquely Janßcekian blend of rustic and caustic...Ehnes is a steely, forthright soloist in the Violin Concerto, and the Bergen players offer clean, mercurial momentum.

Sunday Times, 10th May 2015
James Ehnes is the plush-toned soloist, but it is the intense and gritty playing of the Bergeners, and Gardner's evident empathy with Janacek, that make this music so compelling and dramatic.

Gramophone Magazine, July 2015
Leader Milina Mandozzi does well to show the way through this mysterious, powerful work [The Fiddler's Child]...These must be difficult works to prepare and indeed to record; both playing and recording are vividly managed.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Grieghallen, Bergen, Norway (2014).



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>Janácek, Leos [Composer] : Jealousy (Zárlivost), overture for orchestra, JW 6/10
  • Conductor: Edward Gardner
  • Ensemble: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Grieghallen, Bergen, Norway (11/24/2014-11/27/2014)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1894

>Janácek, Leos [Composer] : Concerto for Violin ("Putování dusicky," "Pilgrimage of the Soul"), JW 9/10 (fragments completed by
  • Performer: James Ehnes (Violin)
  • Conductor: Edward Gardner
  • Notes: Grieghallen, Bergen, Norway (11/24/2014-11/27/2014)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: ?05/1926-06/1926

>Janácek, Leos [Composer] : Ballad of Blaník (Ballada blanická), symphonic poem for orchestra, JW 6/16
  • Conductor: Edward Gardner
  • Notes: Grieghallen, Bergen, Norway (11/24/2014-11/27/2014)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: ?09/1919-10/1919

>Janácek, Leos [Composer] : The Fiddler's Child (Sumarovo Díte), ballad for orchestra, JW 6/14
  • Performer: Melina Mandozzi (Violin)
  • Conductor: Edward Gardner
  • Notes: Grieghallen, Bergen, Norway (11/24/2014-11/27/2014)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1913

>Janácek, Leos [Composer] : Dunaj (The Danube), symphonic poem, JW 9/7 (fragments, completed by O. Chlubna and by M. Stredron &
  • Performer: Susanna Andersson
  • Conductor: Edward Gardner
  • Notes: Grieghallen, Bergen, Norway (03/10/2014-03/11/2014); Grieghallen, Bergen, Norway (11/24/2014-11/27/2014)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1923-1925

>Janácek, Leos [Composer] : Taras Bulba, rhapsody for orchestra, JW 6/15
  • Conductor: Edward Gardner
  • Notes: Grieghallen, Bergen, Norway (11/24/2014-11/27/2014)
  • Running Time: 22 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1915-1918