Czech Philharmonic Archive
JANACEK: Glagolitic Mass; Sinfonietta; Taras Bulba; The Fiddler’s Child – Jiri Belohlavek – Decca
The music of Leos Janacek makes a sensational impression under the guidance of Jiri Belohlavek.
TCHAIKOVSKY: Manfred Symphony – Czech Philharmonic/ Semyon Bychkov – Decca
TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony in B Minor after Byron’s “Manfred,” Op. 58 – Czech Philharmonic/ Semyon Bychkov – Decca 483 2320, 59:19 (8/25/17) [Distr. by Universal] ****: Tchaikovsky epic symphonic-poem receives a dedicated performance in this ongoing project by Semyon Bychkov. Tchaikovsky, much like Berlioz, found a poetic, kindred spirit in the work of George Gordon, Lord […]
DVORAK: Slavonic Dances (comp.) – Czech Phil./ Jiri Belohlavek – Decca
Do we need another of these? Maybe not, but we definitely need THIS one! DVORAK: Slavonic Dances (complete) – Czech Phil./ Jiri Belohlavek – Decca 478 9458, 76:08 [Distr. by Universal] *****: From the opening bars of the first Opus 46 dance, I was afraid I was going to be unimpressed. I didn’t like the […]
TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony No. 6 “Pathetique”; Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Ov. – Czech Philharmonic/ Semyon Bychkov – Decca
“The Tchaikovsky Project” from Semyon Bychkov and Decca opens with two tragic scores. TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony No. 6 in b, Op. 74 “Pathetique”; Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture – Czech Philharmonic Orch./ Semyon Bychkov – Decca 483 0656, 63:53 (10/14/16) [Distr. by Universal] ****: Russian-American conductor Semyon Bychkov (b. 1952) embarks on “The Tchaikovsky Project,” an […]
FELIX WEINGARTNER: Complete Symphonies. Symphonies 1 – 7 & Symphonic Works – CPO (7 discs)
FELIX WEINGARTNER: Complete Symphonies. Symphonies 1 – 7 and Symphonic Works [Details follow] – Maya Boog, sop./ Franziska Gottwald, alto/ Rolf Romei, tenor /Christopher Bolduc, bar./ Babette Mondry, organ/ Czech Philharmonic Choir Brünn/ Symphonieorchester Basel/ Marko Letonja – CPO multichannel SACD, 777 938-2, TT: 38 hr. 18 min. (7 SACDs) [Distrib. by Naxos] ****: This […]
DVORAK: Cello Concerto in B Minor & other works for cello & piano – Alisa Weilerstein, cello/ Anna Polonsky, p./ Czech Philharmonic Orch,/ Jiri Belohlavek – Decca
American cello virtuoso Alisa Weilerstein brings her ardent charisma to the beguiling music of Dvorak.
Lucerne Festival – George Szell = DVORAK: Symphony No. 8 in G Major; BRAHMS: Symphony No. 1 – Czech Philharmonic Orch. (Dvorak)/ Swiss Festival Orch. /George Szell – Audite
The veritable master of orchestral discipline, George Szell, unleashes his musical will upon two familiar scores at the Lucerne Festival in potent readings of Dvorak and Brahms.
MAHLER: Das Klagende Lied (1899 version); Blumine; Adagio from Sym. No. 10 – Manuela Uhl, sop./ Lioba Braun, alto/ Werner Güra, tenor/ Czech Philharmonic Chorus Brno/ Beethoven Orch. Bonn/ Stefan Blunier – MD+G
A Mahlerian catch-all.
WEINGARTNER: Symphony No. 7 – Maya Boog, sop./Franziska Gottwald, alto/ Rolf Romei, tenor/ Christopher Bolduc, baritone/ Babette Mondry, organ/ Czech Philharmonic Choir of Brno/ Basel Sym. Orch./ Marko Letonja – CPO
No Mahler, but no slouch either, moments of Weingartner give great pleasure. It’s the inconsistency that mars a lot of his music.
STRAVINSKY: The Firebird; Symphony in C; The Wedding; L’Histoire du Soldat; Three Pieces for String Quartet; Concertino for String Quartet; Three Songs of Shakespeare – var. Czech ens. – Praga Digitals
Solid performances in a somewhat eclectic collection.
HAVERGAL BRIAN: Symphony No. 4 "Das Siegeslied" (Psalm of Victory); Symphony No. 12 – Adrian Leaper, cond. – Naxos HAVERGAL BRIAN: Symphony No. 11; Symphony No. 15; Concert Overture: For Valour; Comedy Overture: Dr. Merry Heart – Tony Rowe & Leaper, cond. – Naxos
A pair of Brian CDs from Naxos; other labels have been promoting the British composer as well.