Ivan Moravec Twelfth Night Recital = Works by BACH,MOZART BEETHOVEN, CHOPIN, DEBUSSY – Ivan Moravec, p. – Supraphon (2 CDs)
This previously unissued 1987 recital reveals the master Ivan Moravec at the peak of his splendid form.
Supraphon’s generous tribute to Polish violin virtuoso Ida Haendel restores her Prague recordings and appearances, many of them superlative readings.
DVORAK: Stabat Mater; TCHAIKOVSKY: Violin Concerto – Maria Stader, sop./ Vera Soukupova, mezzo-sop./ Ivo Zidek, tenor/ Eduard Haken, bass/ Czech Philharmonic/ Czech Singers’ Chorus/ Nathan Milstein, v./ Karel Ancerl – Tahra
Karel Ancerl performs Dvorak’s valedictory Stabat Mater with a sincere elegance and majesty at the Montreux Festival.
SUK: Symphony in C Minor “Asrael”; BRITTEN: Sinfonia da Requiem – BBC Symphony Orch./ Jiri Belohlavek – Supraphon (2 CDs)
The Prague concert of June 1, 2008 celebrates conductor Belohlavek’s mastery of the two nations in his musical bloodstream, Czechoslovakia and Britain.
KHACHATURIAN: Composer – Conductor – Pianist = Violin Con.; Cello Con.; Masquerade & Gayane suites; Piano Con. (in stereo) – Supraphon Archive (2 CDs)
The great Armenian-Soviet colorist receives a cross-section of his manifold efforts as composer, pianist, conductor and even singer!
Great Czech Conductors: Rafael Kubelik = Works of DVORAK, SHOSTAKOVICH, MARTINU & DOBIAS – var. perf. – Supraphone (2 CDs)
A fine 2-CD set immortalizes the Rafael Kubelik of the WWII years and their immediate aftermath, in vital readings of important Czech works.
BEETHOVEN: Piano Sonata No. 7 in D Major; Piano Sonata No. 12, “Funeral March”; Piano Sonata No. 23, “Appassionata” – Sviatoslav Richter, p. – Supraphon Archiv
Richter in 1959 plays three Beethoven sonatas with heroic abandon, especially the “Appassionata,” which quite takes the audience and us by storm.
Josef Suk, violin – The Early Recordings = Music of DVORAK, SMETANA, MARTINU, JANACEK, GRIEG, RESPIGHI, DEBUSSY, POULENC, FRANCK, CHUBERT, MOZART, HONEGGER, KODALY & Others – Supraphon (6 CDs)
We witness the beginnings of a legendary career here from violin virtuoso Josef Suk, one of the greats in Czech music-making.
The 1955 Prague Spring provides an atmospheric venue for a potent survey of the complete Bach cello suites by a young legend of the instrument.
Sir Charles Mackerras: Life with Czech Music = Works of DVORAK & SMETANA – Czech Philharmonic Orch./Sir Charles Mackerras – Supraphone (6 CDs)
A noble meeting of mind and spirit in this memorial to Sir Charles Mackerras and his devotion to the heroic scores of Dvorak and Smetana’s Czechoslovakia.