The Music Treasury for 22 April – The Rare Václav Talich

by | Apr 20, 2018 | Streams and Podcasts

The Rare Václav Talich:

The Czech conductor Vaclav Talich had a highly respected career in the first half of the 1900s in the concert halls of Europe.  He held the baton before orchestra and opera houses in Berlin, Odessa, Odessa , Prague, and Ljubljana.  He is particularly noted for his interpretations of Czech composers such as Antonín Dvořák, Bedřich Smetana, and Josef Suk.  Talich also did much to bring the operas of Leoš Janáček into the standard repertoire. In addition to conducting, Talich was also accomplished violinist, and taught a good deal, with Karel Ančerl, Jaroslav Krombholc, Charles Mackerras, Ladislav Slovák, Ivan Romanoff, and Milan Munclinger among his pupils.  In 1957, he was awarded the title of a  National Artist, the highest artistic title of Czechoslovakia.

Václav Talich
Photo by Hugo Boettinger

The Music Treasury is airing this show at its usual time of 19:00 to 21:00, PDT, hosted by Dr Gary Lemco.  The show will feature compositions by Suk, Janacek, Dvorak, Smetana, Tchaikovsky, and Blodeck, and includes orchestral as well as operatic works.  It can be heard from the host station KZSU in the Bay Area, or streaming on the ‘Net at

The Music Treasury  is a unique and rather exceptional show, bringing to life magnificent performances—many never commercially released.  Each show is introduced with commentary regarding its musical content and context, by Dr Gary Lemco.  Recordings are drawn from the Stanford University Archive of Recorded Sound, the International Piano Archive of the University of Maryland and as well as Dr Lemco’s collection of more than 12,000 classical CD’s. Listeners will also be informed about upcoming classical recitals and concerts at Stanford and throughout the Bay Area.

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