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Janácek: Orchestral Works Vol 3 / Jírek, Brno State PO

Album Summary

>Janácek, Leos : Sinfonietta
>Janácek, Leos : Dunaj (The Danube), symphonic poem, JW 9/7 (fragments, completed by O. Chlubna and by M. Stredron &
>Janácek, Leos : Concerto for Violin ("Putovani dusicky," "Pilgrimage of the Soul"), JW 9/10 (fragments completed by
>Janácek, Leos : Schluck und Jau, incidental music, JW 9/11 (unfinished)
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Notes & Reviews:

"Janacek's most popular orchestral work, Sinfonietta, comes vividly to life in the hands of Frantisek Jilek and the Brno Philharmonic, who ideally capture the pagan splendor of the raucous brass fanfares in the outer movements while projecting the magical combination of mystery and playfulness in the remainder. There's a limpid, impulsive quality to the playing that perfectly suits the composer's somewhat frenetic style, and you could argue that this quality lends a certain authenticity to the performances. The woodwinds play with lively energy and tart tone, while the strings are lean and limber. These orchestral attributes effectively serve the remaining works as well. The Danube Symphony is a beautiful, phantasmagoric work that recreates the world of Janacek's late operas (with affecting vocal contributions from soprano Karolina Dvorakova), while the tender Violin Concerto requires the soloist to be just as adept at meditative musing as virtuoso display (a requirement that Ivan Zenaty fills handsomely). Finally, the incidental music to Schluck und Jau ends the program in Janacek's singular dramatic style. Supraphon's recording presents the performances in naturally spacious, vibrant sound. An excellent addition to anyone's Janacek collection." -Classics Today



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Works Details

>Leos Janácek (Composer) (1854 - 1928) : Sinfonietta
  • Conductor: Frantisek Jilek
  • Notes: Stadion Studio, Brno, Czech Republic (04/14/1986-04/16/1986)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1926

>Leos Janácek (Composer) (1854 - 1928) : Dunaj (The Danube), symphonic poem, JW 9/7 (fragments, completed by O. Chlubna and by M. Stredron &
  • Performers: Jirí Benes (Viola); Karolína Dvorákov
  • Conductor: Frantisek Jilek
  • Notes: Stadion Studio, Brno, Czech Republic (01/22/1992-01/25/1992)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1923-1925

>Leos Janácek (Composer) (1854 - 1928) : Concerto for Violin ("Putování dusicky," "Pilgrimage of the Soul"), JW 9/10 (fragments completed by
  • Performer: Ivan Zenaty (Violin)
  • Conductor: Frantisek Jilek
  • Notes: Stadion Studio, Brno, Czech Republic (01/22/1992-01/25/1992)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: ?05/1926-06/1926

>Leos Janácek (Composer) (1854 - 1928) : Schluck und Jau, incidental music, JW 9/11 (unfinished)
  • Performers: Jirí Benes (Viola); Marie Gajdosova (Violin)
  • Conductor: Frantisek Jilek
  • Notes: Stadion Studio, Brno, Czech Republic (01/22/1992-01/25/1992)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic