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Janácek: The Eternal Gospel, etc / Volkov, Jeffers, et al

Album Summary

>Janácek, Leos : Vecne Evangelium (The Eternal Gospel), cantata for soprano, tenor, chorus & orchestra, JW 3/8
>Janácek, Leos : Ballad of Blanik (Ballada blanicka), symphonic poem for orchestra, JW 6/16
>Janácek, Leos : The Fiddler's Child (Sumarovo Dite), ballad for orchestra, JW 6/14
>Janácek, Leos : Vylety pane Brouckovy (The Excursions of Mr. Broucek), opera in 2 parts, JW 1/6 & 1/7
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The broad sweep of these orchestral works is given full flight in luxurious performances from the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra under its Chief Conductor Ilan Volkov.

'Elizabeth Layton contributes silvery violin solos, and under its young Chief Conductor Ilan Volkov, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra is idiomatic and incisive ... Warmly recommended' (BBC Music Magazine)

'This is a must for any Janácek fanatic. Not only does it contain a selection of his works rarely, if at all, found elsewhere, but also the performances and recording are superb in almost every way' (The Daily Telegraph)

'The Eternal Gospel dates from 1913, and so is mature Janácek, sharing much with the sound world of his operas. As this sympathetic performance shows, it's a piece that has been cruelly neglected' (The Independent)

'The gifted young Israeli conductor Ilan Volkov masterminds a laudably disciplined and full-throated account of this bracing rarity ... Hyperion's glowing natural sound-frame (courtesy of the Keener/Eadon production team working within Dundee's Caird Hall) sets the seal on a first-rate anthology' (Gramophone)

'On this exemplary new Hyperion disc one almost feels one is hearing [them] properly for the first time. Ilan Volkov is an utterly convincing, idiomatic interpreter; and the recording, throughout the whole programme, is of demonstration standard ... Enthusiastically recommended' (International Record Review)

'Janácek's 1913 cantata should be far better known, and certainly will be when word gets round about this ecstatic performance from the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Edinburgh Festival Chorus under the inspirational Volkov. The music surges with lyricism - and complements the instrumental voice of the other Janácek rarities on this CD' (The Financial Times)

'The Eternal Gospel is dynamite; if you care about Janácek's music you should have this' (Fanfare, USA)

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
Fans of the Glagolitic Mass should definitely make a beeline for Janácek's 1913 cantata The Eternal Gospel. Radiating a comparable spiritual and theatrical fervour, it's a setting of a text by Jaroslav Vrchlický inspired by the commentary on the Book of Revelation by the 12th-century mystic Joachim of Fiore, that serves up a seductive brew of rapt lyricism and tingling drama. Much of the solo vocal writing possesses a truly operatic scope and there are some memorably ardent choral interjections. The gifted young Israeli conductor Ilan Volkov masterminds a laudably disciplined and full-throated account of this bracing rarity, and the sound has commendable spread and amplitude (especially in its SACD format).

The rest of the programme is no less enticing. The Fiddler's Child (1913) and The Ballad of Blaník (1919) are compact and often bewitchingly lovely tone-poems with patriotic leanings; and the disc concludes with an orchestral suite from the satirical two-part opera The Excursions of Mr Broucek (1908-17). A thoroughly diverting 21-minute sequence it makes, too: just try the fairground sway of the 'Moon Waltz' or the young lovers' ineffably tender tryst ('Before Dawn') that brings the curtain down on the first half. If it's festive spectacle you're after, the last two movements ('Song of the Hussites' and 'Procession of the Victors') have it by the spadeful.

Performance-wise, there are no real grumbles.

Although the music-making has not quite the irresistible tang you get from native interpreters in this repertoire, Volkov (not yet 30 and with talent to spare) directs with considerable flair and sensitivity. If their string section inevitably can't match up to, say, the Czech PO's for sheer heft or tonal lustre, the BBC Scottish SO play with admirable precision and infectious enthusiasm; leader Elizabeth Layton is a warm-hearted, songful presence in The Fiddler's Child. Hyperion's glowing natural sound-frame sets the seal on a first-rate anthology.



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Works Details

>Leos Janácek (Composer) (1854 - 1928) : Vecné Evangelium (The Eternal Gospel), cantata for soprano, tenor, chorus & orchestra, JW 3/8
  • Performers: Adrian Thompson (Tenor); Gweneth-Ann Jeffers (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Ilan Volkov
  • Ensemble: Edinburgh Festival Chorus
  • Notes: Caird Hall, Dundee, Scotland (03/07/2005/01/08/2005)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: ?1913-14

>Leos Janácek (Composer) (1854 - 1928) : Ballad of Blaník (Ballada blanická), symphonic poem for orchestra, JW 6/16
  • Conductor: Ilan Volkov
  • Ensemble: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Caird Hall, Dundee, Scotland (03/07/2005/01/08/2005)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: ?09/1919-10/1919

>Leos Janácek (Composer) (1854 - 1928) : The Fiddler's Child (Sumarovo Díte), ballad for orchestra, JW 6/14
  • Performer: Elizabeth Layton (Violin)
  • Conductor: Ilan Volkov
  • Ensemble: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Caird Hall, Dundee, Scotland (06/04/2004/06/05/2004)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1913

>Leos Janácek (Composer) (1854 - 1928) : Vylety páne Brouckovy (The Excursions of Mr. Broucek), opera in 2 parts, JW 1/6 & 1/7 :: Suite
  • Conductor: Ilan Volkov
  • Ensemble: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Caird Hall, Dundee, Scotland (06/04/2004/06/05/2004)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Leos Janácek (Composer) (1854 - 1928) : Vylety páne Brouckovy (The Excursions of Mr. Broucek), opera in 2 parts, JW 1/6 & 1/7 :: Suite
  • Conductor: Ilan Volkov
  • Ensemble: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Caird Hall, Dundee, Scotland (06/04/2004/06/05/2004)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Leos Janácek (Composer) (1854 - 1928) : Vylety páne Brouckovy (The Excursions of Mr. Broucek), opera in 2 parts, JW 1/6 & 1/7 :: Suite
  • Conductor: Ilan Volkov
  • Ensemble: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Caird Hall, Dundee, Scotland (06/04/2004/06/05/2004)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Leos Janácek (Composer) (1854 - 1928) : Vylety páne Brouckovy (The Excursions of Mr. Broucek), opera in 2 parts, JW 1/6 & 1/7 :: Suite
  • Conductor: Ilan Volkov
  • Ensemble: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Caird Hall, Dundee, Scotland (06/04/2004/06/05/2004)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Leos Janácek (Composer) (1854 - 1928) : Vylety páne Brouckovy (The Excursions of Mr. Broucek), opera in 2 parts, JW 1/6 & 1/7 :: Suite
  • Conductor: Ilan Volkov
  • Ensemble: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Caird Hall, Dundee, Scotland (06/04/2004/06/05/2004)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic