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'Czech Music of the 20th Century' - Janacek: Suite for Strings; Martinu: Partita; Serenata II; Viktor Kalabis: Diptych for Strings / Suk CO Prague, Josef Vlach

Album Summary

>Janácek, Leos [Composer] : Suite for string orchestra, JW 6/2
>Martinu, Bohuslav : Partita (Suite no 1) for string orchestra, H. 212
>Martinu, Bohuslav : Serenade for 2 Violins and Viola no 2
>Kalabis, Viktor : Diptych for string orchestra, Op 66
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

On this outstanding re-release the Suk Chamber Orchestra of Prague presents three generations of music of Czech origin from the twentieth century. The program features Janácek, Martinu, and Kalabis. Moreover, this digital recording from 1988 represents one of the last productions conducted by Josef Vlach, the ensemble's artistic director for many years, shortly prior to his death. An audio legacy - a very special one - in several respects!

The pure performance joy that is this top Czech ensemble's hallmark has inspired many outstanding musicians, including Paul Tortelier, Igor Oistrach, and Heinz Holliger, to work with it. This orchestra consisting of about twenty instrumentalists renders works from its native region with a chamber transparency that even after so many years has lost nothing of its freshness.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Prague (09/1988).



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Works Details

>Janácek, Leos [Composer] : Suite for string orchestra, JW 6/2
  • Performer: Ivo Laniar (Cello)
  • Conductor: Josef Vlach
  • Ensemble: Suk Chamber Orchestra Prague
  • Running Time: 19 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1877

>Martinu, Bohuslav : Partita (Suite no 1) for string orchestra, H. 212
  • Performers: Ludmila Forbelsk (Violin); Miroslav Kosina (Violin); Ivo Laniar (Cello); Jiri Rajnis (Viola)
  • Conductor: Josef Vlach
  • Ensemble: Suk Chamber Orchestra Prague
  • Running Time: 11 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1931

>Martinu, Bohuslav : Serenade for 2 Violins and Viola no 2
  • Conductor: Josef Vlach
  • Ensemble: Suk Chamber Orchestra Prague
  • Running Time: 7 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 03/1932

>Kalabis, Viktor : Diptych for string orchestra, Op 66
  • Conductor: Josef Vlach
  • Ensemble: Suk Chamber Orchestra Prague
  • Running Time: 7 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern