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Theodore Kuchar: Dvorák - Shostakovich - Smetana - Nielsen


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In the extensive booklet interview, the conductor Theodore Kuchar recalls how, as a boy growing up outside Cleveland to Ukrainian-born parents, he learnt his music at the feet of Lorin Maazel, sitting in the cheap seats every week. Sound training and determination took him to Helsinki as violist and part-time conductor for the Finnish Opera, thence to Brisbane for his first musical directorship in charge of the Queensland Philharmonic. But it was in 1992 that Kuchar discovered his roots and began to establish an international reputation when he took over the National Symphony Orchestra of the Ukraine. Together they have given lengthy tours worldwide, hundreds of concerts and made many recordings for several labels. The theatre music by Shostakovich was particularly successful and holds a treasured place in Kuchar’s heart: ‘The Bolt is absolute genius. I’ve done it with every orchestra I’ve had a long relationship with, and every time it knocks an audience sideways.’ In the early 2000s Kuchar also worked regularly with the Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra based in Ostrava, formerly known as the Czech Radio Orchestra. Together they recorded the major – and most of the minor – orchestral works by Smetana, the best-known tone-poems of Dvorák and even the complete symphonies of Carl Nielsen, which became a critical hit. Since then Kuchar has conducted orchestras throughout Europe, Asia and the Americas. As music director of the Orquesta Sinfónica Venezuela he led a vibrantly colorful collection of Latin-American orchestral classics (by Ginastera, Moncayo and Revueltas among others) for the last album on this retrospective, recorded in 2011. ‘Theodore Kuchar is one of today's most dynamic, most successful young conductors… every instrumental effect comes through beautifully… Tempos are generally rapid and spirits high… this is a lot of fine Dvorák for a very low price.’ (Fanfare)
Facts
Item number BRI95932
Barcode 5028421959320
Release date 5/3/2019
Category Orchestral
Label BRILLIANT CLASSICS
Media type COMPACT DISC
Number of units 13
Performers
Conductor Kuchar, Theodore
Orchestra Ukraine National Symphony Orchestra
Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra
Disc: 1
Czech Suite, Op. 39, B. 9300:21:00
1 I. Preludium: Allegro moderato 00:03:15 Kuchar, Theodore Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra
2 II. Polka: Allegretto grazioso 00:05:11 Kuchar, Theodore Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra
3 III. Minuetto: Allegro giusto 00:04:05 Kuchar, Theodore Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra
4 IV. Romance: Andante con moto 00:04:01 Kuchar, Theodore Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra
5 V. Finale: Presto 00:05:17 Kuchar, Theodore Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra
Domov muj (My Homeland), Op. 62, B. 125a00:10:00
6 Domov muj (My Homeland), Op. 62, B. 125a 00:08:57 Kuchar, Theodore Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra
Hussite Overture, Op. 67, B. 13200:14:00
7 Hussite Overture, Op. 67, B. 132 00:12:28 Kuchar, Theodore Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra
In Nature's Realm, Op. 91, B. 16800:14:00
8 In Nature's Realm, Op. 91, B. 168 00:13:40 Kuchar, Theodore Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra
Othello, Op. 93, B. 17400:14:00
9 Othello, Op. 93, B. 174 00:14:08 Kuchar, Theodore Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra
Symphonic Variations, Op. 78, B. 7000:22:00
10 Symphonic Variations, Op. 78, B. 70 00:20:26 Kuchar, Theodore Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra
Carnival Overture, Op. 92, B. 169 (Live)00:09:00
11 Carnival, Op. 92, B. 169 00:08:47 Kuchar, Theodore Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra
The Water Goblin, Op. 107, B. 19500:21:00
12 The Water Goblin, Op. 107, B. 195 00:20:00 Kuchar, Theodore Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra
The Noon Witch, Op. 108, B. 19600:14:00
13 The Noon Witch, Op. 108, B. 196 00:13:38 Kuchar, Theodore Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra
The Golden Spinning-Wheel, Op. 109, B. 19700:27:00
14 The Golden Spinning-Wheel, Op. 109, B. 197 00:26:11 Kuchar, Theodore Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra
The Wild Dove, Op. 110, B. 19800:20:00
15 The Wild Dove, Op. 110, B. 198 00:20:02 Kuchar, Theodore Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra
A Hero's Song, Op. 111, B. 19900:22:00
16 Pisen bohatyrska (A Hero's Song), Op. 111 00:19:44 Kuchar, Theodore Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra
Suite for Variety Orchestra00:25:00
17 I. March 00:03:04 Kuchar, Theodore Ukraine National Symphony Orchestra
18 III. Dance No. 1 00:02:56 Kuchar, Theodore Ukraine National Symphony Orchestra
19 VII. Dance No. 2 00:03:39 Kuchar, Theodore Ukraine National Symphony Orchestra
20 V. Little Polka 00:02:33 Kuchar, Theodore Ukraine National Symphony Orchestra
21 II. Lyric Waltz 00:02:38 Kuchar, Theodore Ukraine National Symphony Orchestra
22 IV. Waltz No. 1 00:03:21 Kuchar, Theodore Ukraine National Symphony Orchestra
23 VI. Waltz No. 2 00:03:34 Kuchar, Theodore Ukraine National Symphony Orchestra
24 VIII. Finale 00:02:13 Kuchar, Theodore Ukraine National Symphony Orchestra
Overture on Russian and Kyrgyz Folk Themes, Op. 1100:11:00
25 Overture on Russian and Kyrgyz Folk Themes, Op. 11 00:09:19 Kuchar, Theodore Ukraine National Symphony Orchestra
Jazz Suite No. 100:08:00
26 I. Waltz 00:02:19 Kuchar, Theodore Ukraine National Symphony Orchestra
27 II. Polka 00:01:38 Kuchar, Theodore Ukraine National Symphony Orchestra
28 III. Foxtrot 00:03:47 Kuchar, Theodore Ukraine National Symphony Orchestra
Novorossiisk Chimes (The Flame of Eternal Glory)00:03:00
29 Novorossiisk Chimes (The Flame of Eternal Glory) 00:02:32 Kuchar, Theodore Ukraine National Symphony Orchestra
Festive Overture in A Major, Op. 9600:06:01
30 Festive Overture, Op. 96 00:05:46 Kuchar, Theodore Ukraine National Symphony Orchestra
The Bolt, Op. 27a (Ballet Suite No. 5)00:29:00
31 I. Overture 00:06:34 Kuchar, Theodore Ukraine National Symphony Orchestra
32 II. Polka: The Bureaucrat 00:02:36 Kuchar, Theodore Ukraine National Symphony Orchestra
33 III. Variations: The Dance of the Drayman 00:01:49 Kuchar, Theodore Ukraine National Symphony Orchestra
34 IV. Tango: Koselkov's Dance with Friends 00:05:07 Kuchar, Theodore Ukraine National Symphony Orchestra
35 V. Intermezzo 00:03:50 Kuchar, Theodore Ukraine National Symphony Orchestra
36 VIII. Finale: General Dance and Apotheosis 00:03:23 Kuchar, Theodore Ukraine National Symphony Orchestra
Svetliy ruchey suite (The Limpid Stream Suite)00:16:00
37 I. Waltz 00:02:23 Kuchar, Theodore Ukraine National Symphony Orchestra
38 II. Russian Lubok 00:02:30 Kuchar, Theodore Ukraine National Symphony Orchestra
39 III. Galop 00:01:57 Kuchar, Theodore Ukraine National Symphony Orchestra
40 IV. Adagio 00:07:19 Kuchar, Theodore Ukraine National Symphony Orchestra
41 V. Pizzicato 00:01:12 Kuchar, Theodore Ukraine National Symphony Orchestra
The Golden Age Suite, Op. 22a00:17:00
42 I. Overture 00:04:00 Kuchar, Theodore Ukraine National Symphony Orchestra
43 II. Adagio 00:08:46 Kuchar, Theodore Ukraine National Symphony Orchestra
44 III. Polka 00:02:14 Kuchar, Theodore Ukraine National Symphony Orchestra
45 IV. Dance 00:02:10 Kuchar, Theodore Ukraine National Symphony Orchestra
Hamlet Suite, Op. 116a00:55:00
46 I. Prelude 00:02:21 Kuchar, Theodore Ukraine National Symphony Orchestra
47 II. The Ball at the Palace 00:03:44 Kuchar, Theodore Ukraine National Symphony Orchestra
48 III. The Ghost 00:01:25 Kuchar, Theodore Ukraine National Symphony Orchestra
49 IV. In the Garden 00:03:09 Kuchar, Theodore Ukraine National Symphony Orchestra
50 V. Hamlet and Ophelia 00:03:56 Kuchar, Theodore Ukraine National Symphony Orchestra
51 VI. Arrival of the Actors 00:02:14 Kuchar, Theodore Ukraine National Symphony Orchestra
52 VII. Poisoning Scene 00:07:30 Kuchar, Theodore Ukraine National Symphony Orchestra
53 VIII. Duel and Death of Hamlet 00:04:03 Kuchar, Theodore Ukraine National Symphony Orchestra
The Gadfly Suite, Op. 97a00:44:00
54 I. Overture 00:02:59 Kuchar, Theodore Ukraine National Symphony Orchestra
55 II. Contredanse 00:02:30 Kuchar, Theodore Ukraine National Symphony Orchestra
56 III. Folk Feast (National Holiday) 00:02:41 Kuchar, Theodore Ukraine National Symphony Orchestra
57 IV. Interlude 00:02:49 Kuchar, Theodore Ukraine National Symphony Orchestra
58 V. Barrel-Organ Waltz 00:01:57 Kuchar, Theodore Ukraine National Symphony Orchestra
59 VI. Galop 00:01:58 Kuchar, Theodore Ukraine National Symphony Orchestra
60 VII. Introduction (Prelude) 00:06:07 Kuchar, Theodore Ukraine National Symphony Orchestra
61 VIII. Romance 00:06:29 Kuchar, Theodore Ukraine National Symphony Orchestra
62 IX. Intermezzo 00:05:37 Kuchar, Theodore Ukraine National Symphony Orchestra
63 X. Nocturne 00:03:56 Kuchar, Theodore Ukraine National Symphony Orchestra
64 XI. Scene 00:03:25 Kuchar, Theodore Ukraine National Symphony Orchestra
65 XII. Finale 00:03:07 Kuchar, Theodore Ukraine National Symphony Orchestra
My Homeland, JB 1:11200:27:14
66 No. 1. Vysehrad (The High Castle) 00:14:51 Kuchar, Theodore Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra
67 No. 2. Vltava (Moldau) 00:11:33 Kuchar, Theodore Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra
68 No. 3. Sarka 00:09:34 Kuchar, Theodore Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra
69 No. 4. Z ceskych luhu a haju (From Bohemia's Woods 00:12:21 Kuchar, Theodore Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra
70 No. 5. Tabor 00:11:32 Kuchar, Theodore Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra
71 No. 6. Blanik 00:12:56 Kuchar, Theodore Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra
Valdštýnuv tábor (Wallensteins Lager, Wallenstein'00:15:12
72 Wallenstein's Camp (Wallensteins Lager, Valdstynuv 00:14:51 Kuchar, Theodore Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra
Hakon Jarl, Op. 1600:16:42
73 Hakon Jarl, Op. 16 00:16:46 Kuchar, Theodore Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra
Richard III, Op. 1100:14:00
74 Richard III, Op. 11 00:13:05 Kuchar, Theodore Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra
The Bartered Bride, JB 1:10000:08:18
75 Prodana nevesta (The Bartered Bride): Overture 00:06:29 Kuchar, Theodore Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra
76 Act I: Polka 00:05:02 Kuchar, Theodore Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra
77 Act II: Furiant 00:02:27 Kuchar, Theodore Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra
78 Act III: Dance of the Comedians 00:05:16 Kuchar, Theodore Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra
Doctor Faust00:03:47
79 Doctor Faust 00:04:20 Kuchar, Theodore Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra
A Country Woman00:04:39
80 A Country Woman 00:04:07 Kuchar, Theodore Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra
Nasim devam (To Our Girls)00:04:26
81 Nasim devam (To Our Girls) 00:04:26 Kuchar, Theodore Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra
Triumphal Symphony in E Major, Op. 600:29:59
82 I. Allegro vivace 00:11:13 Kuchar, Theodore Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra
83 II. Largo maestoso 00:11:04 Kuchar, Theodore Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra
84 III. Scherzo: Allegro vivo 00:11:38 Kuchar, Theodore Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra
85 IV. Finale: Allegro non troppo ma energico 00:11:36 Kuchar, Theodore Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra
Slavnostni predehra (Ceremonial Prelude) in C Majo00:02:58
86 Slavnostni predehra (Ceremonial Prelude) in C Majo 00:02:58 Kuchar, Theodore Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra
Velka predehra (Festive Overture) in D Major, Op. 00:08:59
87 Velka predehra (Festive Overture) in D Major, Op. 00:08:59 Kuchar, Theodore Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra
The Prague Carnival (Prazsky karneval)00:06:20
88 The Prague Carnival (Prazsky karneval) 00:06:21 Kuchar, Theodore Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra
National Guard March00:04:11
89 National Guard March 00:04:50 Kuchar, Theodore Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra
Shakespeare Festival March in E Major, Op. 2000:06:00
90 Shakespeare Festival March in E Major, Op. 20 00:06:31 Kuchar, Theodore Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra
Symphony No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 7, FS 16, CNW 2500:33:04
91 I. Allegro orgoglioso 00:09:10 Kuchar, Theodore Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra
92 II. Andante 00:09:08 Kuchar, Theodore Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra
93 III. Allegro comodo 00:07:42 Kuchar, Theodore Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra
94 IV. Finale: Allegro con fuoco 00:08:11 Kuchar, Theodore Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra
Symphony No. 2, Op. 16, FS 29, CNW 26 "4 Temperame00:28:23
95 I. Allegro collerico 00:08:47 Kuchar, Theodore Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra
96 II. Allegro comodo e flemmatico 00:04:19 Kuchar, Theodore Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra
97 III. Andante malincolico 00:12:17 Kuchar, Theodore Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra
98 IV. Allegro sanguineo 00:06:43 Kuchar, Theodore Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra
Symphony No. 3, Op. 27, FS 60, CNW 27 "Sinfonia es00:34:27
99 I. Allegro espansivo 00:11:19 Kuchar, Theodore Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra
100 II. Andante pastorale 00:09:41 Kuchar, Theodore Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra
101 III. Allegretto un poco 00:06:35 Kuchar, Theodore Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra
102 IV. Finale: Allegro 00:09:16 Kuchar, Theodore Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra
Symphony No. 4, Op. 29, FS 76, CNW 28 "Inextinguis00:35:28
103 I. Allegro 00:11:08 Kuchar, Theodore Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra
104 II. Poco allegretto 00:04:31 Kuchar, Theodore Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra
105 III. Poco adagio quasi andante 00:09:34 Kuchar, Theodore Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra
106 IV. Allegro 00:08:44 Kuchar, Theodore Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra
Symphony No. 5, Op. 50, FS 97, CNW 2900:00:00
107 I. Tempo giusto 00:18:21 Kuchar, Theodore Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra
108 II. Allegro 00:16:24 Kuchar, Theodore Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra
Symphony No. 6, FS 116, CNW 30 "Sinfonia semplice"00:33:20
109 I. Tempo giusto 00:13:40 Kuchar, Theodore Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra
110 II. Humoreske: Allegretto 00:04:05 Kuchar, Theodore Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra
111 III. Proposta seria: Adagio 00:06:07 Kuchar, Theodore Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra
112 IV. Tema con variazioni 00:10:56 Kuchar, Theodore Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra
Huapango00:08:00
113 Huapango 00:08:15 Kuchar, Theodore Orquesta Sinfónica Venezuela
Danzón No. 2 (Live)00:09:53
114 Danzon No. 2 00:09:30 Kuchar, Theodore Orquesta Sinfónica Venezuela
Tocatta Bachiana - Pajarillo Aldemaroso00:09:25
115 Tocatta Bachiana - Pajarillo Aldemaroso 00:09:25 Kuchar, Theodore Orquesta Sinfónica Venezuela
Janitzio00:07:00
116 Janitzio 00:07:36 Kuchar, Theodore Orquesta Sinfónica Venezuela
Estancia Suite, Op. 8a00:12:00
117 I. Los trabajadores agricolas: Tempo giusto 00:03:01 Kuchar, Theodore Orquesta Sinfónica Venezuela
118 II. Danza del trigo: Tranquillo 00:03:06 Kuchar, Theodore Orquesta Sinfónica Venezuela
119 III. Les peones de hacienda: Mosso e ruvido 00:02:02 Kuchar, Theodore Orquesta Sinfónica Venezuela
120 IV. Malambo: Allegro - Tempo di malambo 00:03:45 Kuchar, Theodore Orquesta Sinfónica Venezuela
Kanaima00:04:51
121 Kanaima 00:04:51 Kuchar, Theodore Orquesta Sinfónica Venezuela
Malazarte: Batuque00:03:15
122 Malazarte: Batuque 00:04:09 Kuchar, Theodore Orquesta Sinfónica Venezuela
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