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Janácek: Orchestral Works, Vol. 2


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The Bergen Philharmonic and conductor Edward Gardner are featured once again on this second volume in the Chandos label’s series devoted to the orchestral works of Leoš Janácek.The repertoire on this disc includes some of the composer’s greatest programmatic pieces.Unsurprisingly, the first piece featured here is Jealousy – his first declared piece of program music, originally written to preface the opera Jenufa but never included in any production of it during his lifetime.Both The Ballad of Blaník and The Fiddler’s Child (also known as a ‘ballad for orchestra’) are characterized by the use of musicals symbols reflecting the Czech poems on which the pieces are based and also some of the composer’s personal reflections and responses.The one-movement Violin Concerto,” The Wandering of a Little Soul”, is a more mysterious piece, with uncertainties surrounding the title, date of creation, and the goals of its composition.Miloš Štedron and Leoš Faltus, using Janácek’s sketches, reconstructed the version recorded here, in similar fashion to the composer’s unfinished Danube symphony.An interpretation of the famous tale by Gogol, Taras Bulba (1915) was Janácek’s most substantial orchestral work to that time.It is inflected with folk dances, battle and horse-riding music, and suffering and love, all brought to a grandiloquent apotheosis in orchestration of almost cinematic vividness.“Gardner’s way with Janácek’s music is… pretty persuasive.Chandos have recorded the orchestra in warm but well-detailed and well–focused sound.” (MusicWeb Int’l on V1)
Facts
Item number CHSA 5156
Barcode 095115515624
Release date 5/26/2015
Category Orchestral
Label CHANDOS
Media type SACD
Number of units 1
Performers
Classical Artist Ehnes, James
Conductor Gardner, Edward
Orchestra Bergen Filharmoniske Orkester
Disc: 1
Zarlivost (Jealousy), JW VI/1000:05:58
1 Jealousy, JW VI/10 00:05:30 Bergen Filharmoniske Orkester Gardner, Edward
Violin Concerto, JW IX/10, "Putovani dusicky" (The00:11:47
2 Violin Concerto, JW IX/10 "Wandering of a Little S 00:12:05 Ehnes, James Bergen Filharmoniske Orkester Gardner, Edward
Ballada blanicka (The Ballad of Blanik), JW VI/1600:08:02
3 The Ballad of Blaník, JW VI/16 00:07:43 Bergen Filharmoniske Orkester Gardner, Edward
Sumarovo dite (The Fiddler's Child), JW VI/1400:12:50
4 The Fiddler's Child, JW VI/14: Con moto - 00:04:57 Bergen Filharmoniske Orkester Mandozzi, Melina Gardner, Edward
5 The Fiddler's Child, JW VI/14: Larghetto - 00:05:48 Bergen Filharmoniske Orkester Mandozzi, Melina Gardner, Edward
6 The Fiddler's Child, JW VI/14: Allegro 00:02:02 Bergen Filharmoniske Orkester Mandozzi, Melina Gardner, Edward
Dunaj (The Danube), JW IX/7 (completed by M. Stedr00:16:10
7 The Danube, JW IX/7 (Completed by M. Stedron & L. 00:03:33 Bergen Filharmoniske Orkester Gardner, Edward
8 The Danube, JW IX/7 (Completed by M. Stedron & L. 00:04:55 Bergen Filharmoniske Orkester Gardner, Edward
9 The Danube, JW IX/7 (Completed by M. Stedron & L. 00:03:09 Bergen Filharmoniske Orkester Gardner, Edward Andersson, Susanna
10 The Danube, JW IX/7 (Completed by M. Stedron & L. 00:04:22 Bergen Filharmoniske Orkester Gardner, Edward
Taras Bulba, JW VI/1500:23:00
11 Taras Bulba, JW VI/15: I. Death of Andrij 00:08:07 Bergen Filharmoniske Orkester Gardner, Edward
12 Taras Bulba, JW VI/15: II. The Death of Ostap 00:05:26 Bergen Filharmoniske Orkester Gardner, Edward
13 Taras Bulba, JW VI/15: III. The Prophecy and Death 00:09:08 Bergen Filharmoniske Orkester Gardner, Edward
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