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Janácek: Chamber Music & Orchestral Works

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All Music Guide - James Leonard
This may not need to be the only Janácek set on the shelf, but it is surely a good place to start a Janácek collection. Outside of the operas, all Janácek's core works are here as well as a few oddballs. But for the core works, the performances in this set are as good or better than any other non-Czech performance. Paul Crossley's performances of the piano works are startlingly expressionistic and completely convincing. The Gabrieli String Quartet's performances of the string quartets are stunningly erotic and absolutely persuasive. And, of course, Charles Mackerras and the Vienna Philharmonic's performances of the "Sinfonietta" and "Taras Bulba" are staggeringly dramatic...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Leonard
This may not need to be the only Janácek set on the shelf, but it is surely a good place to start a Janácek collection. Outside of the operas, all Janácek's core works are here as well as a few oddballs. But for the core works, the performances in this set are as good or better than any other non-Czech performance. Paul Crossley's performances of the piano works are startlingly expressionistic and completely convincing. The Gabrieli String Quartet's performances of the string quartets are stunningly erotic and absolutely persuasive. And, of course, Charles Mackerras and the Vienna Philharmonic's performances of the "Sinfonietta" and "Taras Bulba" are staggeringly dramatic and utterly compelling. Even in the oddball works like the "Nursery Rhymes and Youth," the predominantly English performers are credible enough. Neville Marriner's recording of the "Suite for strings" is in the same ineffable league as Mackerras and only Riccardo Chailly's "Glagolic Mass" is distinctly substandard. While a truly representative Janácek shelf would include at least four of the operas, plus recordings of the core works by Czech performers, this Decca set is well worth hearing. With recordings as old as 1970 and as recent as 1997, Decca's sound is uniformly clear and warm.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/12/2004
  • Label: Decca
  • UPC: 028947552321
  • Catalog Number: 000321102
  • Sales rank: 225,688

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 On the Overgrown Path (Po zarostlém chodnícku), for piano, JW 8/17 - Leos Janácek & Paul Crossley (44:54)
  2. 2 Theme and variations for piano in B flat major ("Zdenciny variace," "Zdenka Variations"), JW 8/6 - Leos Janácek & Paul Crossley (11:36)
  3. 3 In the mists (V Mlhách), pieces (4) for piano, JW 8/22 - Leos Janácek & Paul Crossley (15:42)
  4. 4 Vzpomínka (Reminiscence), for piano, JW 8/32 - Leos Janácek & Paul Crossley (1:08)
  5. 5 String Quartet No. 1 ("Kreutzer"), JW 7/8 - Leos Janácek & Gabrieli String Quartet (18:37)
  6. 6 String Quartet No. 2 ("Listy duverné," "Intimate Letters"), JW 7/13 - Leos Janácek & Gabrieli String Quartet (26:04)
  7. 7 Sonata for violin & piano, JW 7/7 (4 versions) - Leos Janácek & Paul Crossley (18:52)
  8. 8 Dumka, for violin & piano, JW 7/4 - Leos Janácek & Paul Crossley (5:48)
  9. 9 Romance, for violin & piano in E major, JW 7/3 - Leos Janácek & Paul Crossley (5:12)
  10. 10 Mládí (Youth), suite for wind sextet, JW 7/10 - Sebastian Bell & Leos Janácek (17:11)
  11. 11 Capriccio for piano (left hand), flute & brass ensemble ("Vzdor," "Defiance"), JW 7/12 - Leos Janácek & David Atherton (21:13)
  12. 12 Concertino for piano, 2 violins, viola, clarinet, horn & bassoon, JW 7/11 - Leos Janácek & David Atherton (17:37)
  13. 13 Pohádka (Fairy Tale), for cello & piano ("The Story of Tsar Berendyey"), JW 7/5 - Leos Janácek & Paul Crossley (12:13)
  14. 14 Presto for cello & piano, JW 7/6 - Leos Janácek & Paul Crossley (2:01)
  15. 15 Sinfonietta for orchestra ("Military," "Sokol Festival"), JW 6/18 - Leos Janácek & Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (24:25)
  16. 16 Taras Bulba, rhapsody for orchestra, JW 6/15 - Leos Janácek & Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (23:34)
  17. 17 Lachian (Lasské) Dances (6) for orchestra, JW 6/17 - Leos Janácek & London Philharmonic Orchestra (22:26)
  18. 18 Suite for string orchestra, JW 6/2 - Leos Janácek & Neville Marriner (19:00)
  19. 19 Ríkadla (Nursery Rhymes) (18) for 9 voices & 10 instruments, JW 5/17 - Leos Janácek & David Atherton (15:26)
  20. 20 Mass (Msa glagolskaja) for soloists, double chorus, orchestra & organ ("Glagolitic Mass"), JW 3/9 - Leos Janácek & Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (40:30)
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