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Legendary Recordings by Josef Vlach: Dvorák, Suk, Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Respighi, Stravinsky, Purcell, Britten, Debussy / Karel Patras, harp. Stanislaw Duchon, oboe. Ilja Hurnik, piano. [4 CDs]

Album Summary

>Dvorak, Antonin : Serenade for Strings
>Suk, Josef : Serenade for strings in E flat major, Op. 6
>Dvorak, Antonin : Czech Suite, for orchestra in D major, B. 93 (Op. 39)
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Divertimento for String Quartet in D major, K 136 (125a)
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Adagio and Fugue for Strings in C minor, K 546
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Andante cantabile, for cello & string orchestra in D major (arr. of 2nd mvt. from String Quartet no
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Serenade for Strings in C major, Op. 48
>Britten, Benjamin : Variations on a Theme by Frank Bridge, for strings, Op. 10
>Debussy, Claude : Danses sacrée et profane, for chromatic harp & string orchestra, L. 103
>Hurnik, Ilja : Oboe Concerto
>Pauer, Jiri : Symphony for Strings
>Purcell, Henry : King Arthur, or The British Worthy, Z 628
>Respighi, Ottorino : Gli uccelli "The Birds"
>Stravinsky, Igor : Apollon musagète, ballet in 2 scenes for string orchestra
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The violinist and conductor Josef Vlach (1923 - 1988), who played a crucial role in cultivating the superlative Talich tradition and quality, is far from being as well known as he deserves to be. At the age of 23, Vlach co-founded the Czech Chamber Orchestra for Václav Talich, who after being falsely accused of collaborating with the Nazis was banned from working with the Czech Philharmonic and the National Theatre. The young orchestra soon proved to be a sensation (Pierre Fournier branded it the best chamber formation in the world), yet following the Communist coup in 1948, it rather opted for diluting than renouncing Talich. The maestro's stringent requirements for the utmost artistic quality, diligence and engagement served as the fundamental principles for the Czech Chamber Orchestra, revived by Josef Vlach in 1957. They went on to gain great acclaim worldwide, with the most noteworthy triumphs including the performance in Osaka in 1960 (standing in for the Boston Symphony Orchestra), the concert at the Salzburger Festspiele in 1962 (broadcast by some 180 radio stations), tours of the USA, Germany, the UK, Switzerland, France, Belgium ... The orchestra then returned from the limelight to the twilight at home, rehearsals in a dingy basement, to a country where they were more tolerated than supported. Yet even amidst such unfavourable circumstances Vlach's exceptionable musical qualities and the Talich credo would bear extraordinary fruits. According to Ivan Moravec's reminiscences, Josef Vlach was "in everyday life a person absolutely unexceptional, humble yet rather absent-minded, whereas his imagination as regards music was so immense that I can hardly conceive of Talich's successor possessing a greater, ampler and more compelling vision." The presented recordings, made between 1960 and 1982 (most of them before 1966) are among the most precious gems from the Supraphon archives. They have all been carefully remastered, with half of them now being released on CD for the very first time. Josef Vlach and the Czech Chamber Orchestra - recordings abounding in torrential energy, a legend arising from the feted Talich tradition.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Czech Radio (02/04/1974-02/08/1974); Domovina Studio, Prague (02/04/1974-02/08/1974); Rudolfinum, Prague (02/04/1974-02/08/1974); Supraphon Dejvice Studio, Prague (02/04/1974-02/08/1974); Czech Radio (02/05/1978-02/19/1978); Domovina Studio, Prague (02/05/1978-02/19/1978); Rudolfinum, Prague (02/05/1978-02/19/1978); Supraphon Dejvice Studio, Prague (02/05/1978-02/19/1978); Czech Radio (02/23/1960); Domovina Studio, Prague (02/23/1960); Rudolfinum, Prague (02/23/1960); Supraphon Dejvice Studio, Prague (02/23/1960); Czech Radio (09/03/1961-09/04/1961); Domovina Studio, Prague (09/03/1961-09/04/1961); Rudolfinum, Prague (09/03/1961-09/04/1961); Supraphon Dejvice Studio, Prague (09/03/1961-09/04/1961); Czech Radio (09/11/1960); Domovina Studio, Prague (09/11/1960); Rudolfinum, Prague (09/11/1960); Supraphon Dejvice Studio, Prague (09/11/1960); Czech Radio (09/17/1961); Domovina Studio, Prague (09/17/1961); Rudolfinum, Prague (09/17/1961); Supraphon Dejvice Studio, Prague (09/17/1961); Czech Radio (09/23/1961-09/25/1961); Domovina Studio, Prague (09/23/1961-09/25/1961); Rudolfinum, Prague (09/23/1961-09/25/1961); Supraphon Dejvice Studio, Prague (09/23/1961-09/25/1961); Czech Radio (11/09/1976-11/17/1976); Domovina Studio, Prague (11/09/1976-11/17/1976); Rudolfinum, Prague (11/09/1976-11/17/1976); Supraphon Dejvice Studio, Prague (11/09/1976-11/17/1976); Czech Radio (11/27/1981-11/28/1981); Domovina Studio, Prague (11/27/1981-11/28/1981); Rudolfinum, Prague (11/27/1981-11/28/1981); Supraphon Dejvice Studio, Prague (11/27/1981-11/28/1981); Czech Radio (12/17/1965-12/21/1965); Domovina Studio, Prague (12/17/1965-12/21/1965); Rudolfinum, Prague (12/17/1965-12/21/1965); Supraphon Dejvice Studio, Prague (12/17/1965-12/21/1965); Czech Radio (12/27/1966-12/28/1966); Domovina Studio, Prague (12/27/1966-12/28/1966); Rudolfinum, Prague (12/27/1966-12/28/1966); Supraphon Dejvice Studio, Prague (12/27/1966-12/28/1966); Czech Radio (1960-02-25_1960-02-26&1960-); Domovina Studio, Prague (1960-02-25_1960-02-26&1960-); Rudolfinum, Prague (1960-02-25_1960-02-26&1960-); Supraphon Dejvice Studio, Prague (1960-02-25_1960-02-26&1960-); Czech Radio (1964-10-01_1964-10-02&1964-); Domovina Studio, Prague (1964-10-01_1964-10-02&1964-); Rudolfinum, Prague (1964-10-01_1964-10-02&1964-); Supraphon Dejvice Studio, Prague (1964-10-01_1964-10-02&1964-); Czech Radio (1965-06-24&1965-06-28_1965-); Domovina Studio, Prague (1965-06-24&1965-06-28_1965-); Rudolfinum, Prague (1965-06-24&1965-06-28_1965-); Supraphon Dejvice Studio, Prague (1965-06-24&1965-06-28_1965-).



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>Dvorak, Antonin : Serenade for Strings
  • Conductor: Josef Vlach
  • Ensemble: Czech Chamber Orchestra
  • Notes: Rudolfinum, Prague (12/27/1966-12/28/1966)
  • Running Time: 28 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Suk, Josef : Serenade for strings in E flat major, Op. 6
  • Conductor: Josef Vlach
  • Ensemble: Prague Chamber Orchestra
  • Notes: Rudolfinum, Prague (09/23/1961-09/25/1961)
  • Running Time: 27 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1892

>Dvorak, Antonin : Czech Suite, for orchestra in D major, B. 93 (Op. 39)
  • Conductor: Josef Vlach
  • Notes: Supraphon Dejvice Studio, Prague (11/09/1976-11/17/1976)
  • Running Time: 23 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: ?04/1879

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Divertimento for String Quartet in D major, K 136 (125a)
  • Conductor: Josef Vlach
  • Running Time: 14 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1772

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Adagio and Fugue for Strings in C minor, K 546
  • Conductor: Josef Vlach
  • Running Time: 9 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1788

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
  • Conductor: Josef Vlach
  • Notes: Domovina Studio, Prague (1960-02-25_1960-02-26&1960-)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1787

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Andante cantabile, for cello & string orchestra in D major (arr. of 2nd mvt. from String Quartet no
  • Conductor: Josef Vlach
  • Notes: Rudolfinum, Prague (1964-10-01_1964-10-02&1964-)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1888

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Serenade for Strings in C major, Op. 48
  • Conductor: Josef Vlach
  • Notes: Rudolfinum, Prague (1964-10-01_1964-10-02&1964-)
  • Running Time: 28 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1880

>Britten, Benjamin : Variations on a Theme by Frank Bridge, for strings, Op. 10
  • Conductor: Josef Vlach
  • Notes: Rudolfinum, Prague (1965-06-24&1965-06-28_1965-)
  • Running Time: 24 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1937

>Debussy, Claude : Danses sacrée et profane, for chromatic harp & string orchestra, L. 103
  • Performer: Karel Patras (Harp)
  • Conductor: Josef Vlach
  • Notes: Composition written: 1904.
  • Running Time: 9 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1904

>Hurnik, Ilja : Oboe Concerto
  • Performers: Stanislav Duchon (Oboe); Ilja Hurnik (Piano)
  • Conductor: Josef Vlach
  • Notes: Rudolfinum, Prague (09/03/1961-09/04/1961)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto

>Pauer, Jiri : Symphony for Strings
  • Conductor: Josef Vlach
  • Notes: Czech Radio (11/27/1981-11/28/1981)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1978

>Purcell, Henry : King Arthur, or The British Worthy, Z 628
  • Conductor: Josef Vlach
  • Notes: Rudolfinum, Prague (02/05/1978-02/19/1978)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1691

>Respighi, Ottorino : Gli uccelli "The Birds"
  • Conductor: Josef Vlach
  • Notes: Domovina Studio, Prague (02/04/1974-02/08/1974)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1928

>Stravinsky, Igor : Apollon musagète, ballet in 2 scenes for string orchestra
  • Conductor: Josef Vlach
  • Notes: Rudolfinum, Prague (12/17/1965-12/21/1965)
  • Running Time: 27 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1928