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Janacek: The Operas / Mackerras, Vienna Philharmonic

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  1. Janacek — Jenufa: Prelude $1.29 on iTunes
  2. Janacek — Jenufa: Uz se vecer chyli $1.29 on iTunes
  3. Janacek — Jenufa: Co to robis, mládku? $1.29 on iTunes
  4. Janacek — Jenufa: Co ty, Jenufo $1.29 on iTunes
  5. Janacek — Jenufa: Dusa moya, Stevo, Stevusko $1.29 on iTunes
  6. Janacek — Jenufa: A tak bychom sli celym zivotem $1.29 on iTunes
  7. Janacek — Jenufa: Stevo, Stevo, já vim $1.29 on iTunes
  8. Janacek — Jenufa: Jak razem vsecko to Stevkovo vypináni schiplo $1.29 on iTunes
  9. Janacek — Jenufa: Prelude $1.29 on iTunes
  10. Janacek — Jenufa: Necham jeste dvere otevreny $1.29 on iTunes
  11. Janacek — Jenufa: Ba zabednena t tvoye okenicka $1.29 on iTunes
  12. Janacek — Jenufa: Tetko Koselnicko $1.29 on iTunes
  13. Janacek — Jenufa: Ale videl jsem vcházet sohaje $1.29 on iTunes
  14. Janacek — Jenufa: Co chvila ... co chvila $1.29 on iTunes
  15. Janacek — Jenufa: Mamicko, mam tezkou hlavu $1.29 on iTunes
  16. Janacek — Jenufa: Kdo to je? $1.29 on iTunes
  17. Janacek — Jenufa: Neni ti teskno, Jenufko? $1.29 on iTunes
  18. Janacek — Jenufa: Dej Buh stesti $1.29 on iTunes
  19. Janacek — Jenufa: Vidis Laco, já to tusila $1.29 on iTunes
  20. Janacek — Jenufa: A hen ... uz jsou tu! $1.29 on iTunes
  21. Janacek — Jenufa: To bylo nákeho $1.29 on iTunes
  22. Janacek — Jenufa: Jeste jesm tu já! $1.29 on iTunes
  23. Janacek — Jenufa: Vstante, testounka moja! $1.29 on iTunes
  24. Janacek — Jenufa: Odesli $1.29 on iTunes
  25. Janacek — Jenufa: Odesli $1.29 on iTunes
  26. Janacek — Overture "Zarlivost" (Jealousy) $1.29 on iTunes
  27. Janacek — The Cunning Little Vixen (Prihody Lisky Bystrousky): Prelude $1.29 on iTunes
  28. Janacek — The Cunning Little Vixen (Prihody Lisky Bystrousky): Dostaneme bourku $1.29 on iTunes
  29. Janacek — The Cunning Little Vixen (Prihody Lisky Bystrousky): Kmotrenka zakoncertovala si také? $1.29 on iTunes
  30. Janacek — The Cunning Little Vixen (Prihody Lisky Bystrousky): Mami! $1.29 on iTunes
  31. Janacek — The Cunning Little Vixen (Prihody Lisky Bystrousky): Pantomime $1.29 on iTunes
  32. Janacek — The Cunning Little Vixen (Prihody Lisky Bystrousky): Change of Scene (Promena) $1.29 on iTunes
  33. Janacek — The Cunning Little Vixen (Prihody Lisky Bystrousky): To cucis Lapáku!? $1.29 on iTunes
  34. Janacek — The Cunning Little Vixen (Prihody Lisky Bystrousky): Ze nevis, co mamé? $1.29 on iTunes
  35. Janacek — The Cunning Little Vixen (Prihody Lisky Bystrousky): Pantomime $1.29 on iTunes
  36. Janacek — The Cunning Little Vixen (Prihody Lisky Bystrousky): Melas delat podlica mné! $1.29 on iTunes
  37. Janacek — The Cunning Little Vixen (Prihody Lisky Bystrousky): Ach! $1.29 on iTunes
  38. Janacek — The Cunning Little Vixen (Prihody Lisky Bystrousky): Ano, ve Strani bude daleko lépe $1.29 on iTunes
  39. Janacek — The Cunning Little Vixen (Prihody Lisky Bystrousky): Domu? Pro ten snupec tvého spani $1.29 on iTunes
  40. Janacek — The Cunning Little Vixen (Prihody Lisky Bystrousky): Pomni, abys byl dobrym muzém! $1.29 on iTunes
  41. Janacek — The Cunning Little Vixen (Prihody Lisky Bystrousky): Bozinku, ten je hezké! $1.29 on iTunes
  42. Janacek — The Cunning Little Vixen (Prihody Lisky Bystrousky): Kradla jsem! $1.29 on iTunes
  43. Janacek — The Cunning Little Vixen (Prihody Lisky Bystrousky): Zlatohrbitek, lisák a krouzkovymi pesiky $1.29 on iTunes
  44. Janacek — The Cunning Little Vixen (Prihody Lisky Bystrousky): Kdbyste vedeli, co já videla $1.29 on iTunes
  45. Janacek — The Cunning Little Vixen (Prihody Lisky Bystrousky): Dez sem vandroval, mozeka hrála $1.29 on iTunes
  46. Janacek — The Cunning Little Vixen (Prihody Lisky Bystrousky): Bezi liska Táboru $1.29 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Janácek, Leos [Composer] : Jenufa, opera, JW 1/4
>Janácek, Leos [Composer] : Jealousy (Zárlivost), overture for orchestra, JW 6/10
>Janácek, Leos [Composer] : The Cunning Little Vixen (Príhody Lisky Bystrousky), opera, JW 1/9
>Janácek, Leos [Composer] : The Cunning Little Vixen, suite for orchestra (arranged and orchestrated by Václav Talich)
>Janácek, Leos [Composer] : From the House of the Dead (Z mrtvého domu), opera, JW 1/11
>Janácek, Leos [Composer] : The Makropulos Case (Vec Makropulos), opera, JW 1/10
>Janácek, Leos [Composer] : Káta Kabanová, opera, JW 1/8
>Janácek, Leos [Composer] : Sinfonietta for orchestra ("Military," "Sokol Festival"), JW 6/18
>Janácek, Leos [Composer] : Taras Bulba, rhapsody for orchestra, JW 6/15
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

BBC Music Magazine
Charles Mackerras's partnership with soprano Söderström produced definitive and superbly recorded studio performances of Kát'a Kabanová, Jenufa and The Makropulos Case. A must for Janácek fans.

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
From the House of the Dead (the 1980 Gramophone Record of the Year) was here recorded for the first time in its proper, original version; and this revealed it as even more of a masterpiece - a work, indeed, to count among the handful of masterpieces of 20th-century opera. The loss of the final chorus, a sentimental addition, is but the most striking of the clarifications: throughout, the sound is sharper, the textures are sparer, and this serves to sharpen the effect and to give the singers more clearly differentiated support. The cast is led, nominally, by Goryanchikov, but the character isn't really the hero of an opera that has no heroes, and in which all are heroes, though Dalibor Jedlicka sings him warmly and well.

The prisoners are skilfully contrasted in Janácek's writing so as to make an apparently random yet actually well-structured group; there isn't a weak performance among them. The Makropulos Affair does have a heroine, in the tragic figure of Emilia Marty; and here Elisabeth Söderström gives one of her greatest recorded performances. She succeeds amazingly in conveying the complexity of the character, the elegance yet flinty cynicism, the aloofness yet vulnerability, the latent warmth that can flower into such rich expressive phrases and then be reined in with a sense of nervy panic. She's only really alarmed by Prus, the most formidable of the men around her, powerfully sung by Václav Zítek. Mackerras is again masterly. This is a recording to set among great performances of it.

As with From the House of the Dead, there's an essay by John Tyrrell that not only gives the listener the best possible introduction to the opera but is also a contribution to scholarship.

The fillups Mládi and the Nursery rhyme, come from David Atherton's splendid 1981 set of five LPs devoted to Janácek; the Lachian Dances set is a rather less successful companion to Makropulos.

Gramophone Magazine
Sir Charles... has done Janácek proud over the years with these recordings, for which one can only return affectionate thanks and congratulations.



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>Janácek, Leos [Composer] : Jenufa, opera, JW 1/4
  • Performers: Peter Dvorsky (Tenor); Dalibor Jedlicka (Bass); Jana Jonasova (Voice); Ivana Mixova (Voice); Marie Mrazova (Voice); Wieslaw Ochman (Tenor); Jindra Pokorna (Soprano); Lucia Popp (Voice); Eva Randova (Voice); Elisabeth Söderström (Soprano); Vera Soukupova (Voice); Vaclav Zitek (Voice)
  • Conductor: Charles Mackerras
  • Ensemble: Vienna State Opera Chorus
  • Running Time: 1 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1894-1903

>Janácek, Leos [Composer] : Jealousy (Zárlivost), overture for orchestra, JW 6/10
  • Conductor: Charles Mackerras
  • Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 5 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1894

>Janácek, Leos [Composer] : The Cunning Little Vixen (Príhody Lisky Bystrousky), opera, JW 1/9
  • Performers: Beno Blachut (Voice); Eva Hríbikov (Voice); Zuzana Hudecov (Voice); Gertrude Jahn (Alto); Dalibor Jedlicka (Bass); Vladimir Krejcik (Tenor); Libuse Marova (Voice); Ivana Mixova (Voice); Richard Novak (Voice); Miriam Ondráskov (Voice); Lucia Popp (Voice); Eva Randova (Voice); Peter Saray (Boy Soprano); Eva Zigmundov (Voice); Vaclav Zitek (Voice)
  • Conductor: Charles Mackerras
  • Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Janácek, Leos [Composer] : The Cunning Little Vixen, suite for orchestra (arranged and orchestrated by Václav Talich)
  • Conductor: Charles Mackerras
  • Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 19 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Janácek, Leos [Composer] : From the House of the Dead (Z mrtvého domu), opera, JW 1/11
  • Performers: Beno Blachut (Voice); Jaroslava Janska (Soprano); Dalibor Jedlicka (Bass); Vladimir Krejcik (Tenor); Richard Novak (Voice); Jaroslav Soucek (Baritone); Zdenek Sousek (Tenor); Zdenek Svehla (Tenor); Antonin Svorc (Voice); Ivo Zídek (Voice); Jiri Zahradnicek (Voice); Eva Zigmundov (Voice); Vaclav Zitek (Voice)
  • Conductor: Charles Mackerras
  • Ensemble: Vienna State Opera Chorus
  • Running Time: 5 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Janácek, Leos [Composer] : The Makropulos Case (Vec Makropulos), opera, JW 1/10
  • Performers: Beno Blachut (Voice); Anna Czakov (Voice); Peter Dvorsky (Tenor); Dalibor Jedlicka (Bass); Jiri Joran (Bass); Vladimir Krejcik (Tenor); Ivana Mixova (Voice); Elisabeth Söderström (Soprano); Zdenek Svehla (Tenor); Blanka Vitkova (Voice); Vaclav Zitek (Voice)
  • Conductor: Charles Mackerras
  • Ensemble: Vienna State Opera Chorus
  • Running Time: 5 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Janácek, Leos [Composer] : Káta Kabanová, opera, JW 1/8
  • Performers: Hedwig Drechsler (Voice); Peter Dvorsky (Tenor); Gertrude Jahn (Alto); Dalibor Jedlicka (Bass); Nadezda Kniplova (Soprano); Vladimir Krejcik (Tenor); Libuse Marova (Voice); Jitka Pavlova (Voice); Elisabeth Söderström (Soprano); Jaroslav Soucek (Baritone); Zdenek Svehla (Tenor); Adolf Tomaschek (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Charles Mackerras
  • Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: ?01/09/1920-04/17/1921.
  • Running Time: 6 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Janácek, Leos [Composer] : Sinfonietta for orchestra ("Military," "Sokol Festival"), JW 6/18
  • Conductor: Charles Mackerras
  • Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 24 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1926

>Janácek, Leos [Composer] : Taras Bulba, rhapsody for orchestra, JW 6/15
  • Conductor: Charles Mackerras
  • Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 23 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1915-1918