Rafael Kubelik conducts Dvorak, Martinu & Beethoven

Rafael Kubelik conducts Dvorak, Martinu & Beethoven

by Rafael Kubelik
     
 

Unlike many other conductors of the same era, Czech-born Rafael Kubelik's name is not closely tied to the helm of any one orchestra in particular. Kubelik had stints (many as short as one year) with many of the world's finest orchestras and opera companies, and produced numerous fine recordings with many of them. The lack of close association with any one ensemble,… See more details below

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Unlike many other conductors of the same era, Czech-born Rafael Kubelik's name is not closely tied to the helm of any one orchestra in particular. Kubelik had stints (many as short as one year) with many of the world's finest orchestras and opera companies, and produced numerous fine recordings with many of them. The lack of close association with any one ensemble, however, may be in part responsible for the lesser recognition of his name. The present album features Kubelik with the Philharmonia Orchestra in a concert given in August 1957, after a ridiculously short rehearsal time. A champion of both "new" music and works by his fellow Czechs, Kubelik's choice to open the first half of the program with Dvorák and Martinu is not surprising. Rudolf Firkusny performs Martinu's "Fourth Piano Concerto" (Kubelik and Firkusny collaborated together for the premiere of Martinu's "Second," "Third," and "Fourth" concertos) and is by far the highlight of the album. The short rehearsal time reveals itself in the rhythmic sloppiness of the orchestra; not even the Philharmonia Orchestra can toss off a Martinu concerto (which it likely had not played before) on only a day or two of practice. The concert closes with a surprisingly conservative choice: Beethoven's "Fifth Symphony." Here, the orchestra shines much more brightly and is clearly more attuned to the conductor. The restored sound quality of the album is acceptable, but certainly nothing magnificent. Other than the opportunity to hear Firkusny's Martinu, this album is likely best suited for historical collectors.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/10/2008
Label:
Testament Uk
UPC:
0749677142124
catalogNumber:
1421
Rank:
284554

Tracks

  1. Symphonic Variations for orchestra (on "I am a Fiddler" B. 66/3), B. 70 (Op. 78)  - Antonin Dvorák  - Rafael Kubelik  -  New Philharmonia Orchestra
  2. Piano Concerto No. 4 ("Incantations"), H. 358  - Bohuslav Martinu  - Rafael Kubelik  - Rudolf Firkusny  -  New Philharmonia Orchestra
  3. Symphony No. 5 in C minor ("Fate"), Op. 67  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Rafael Kubelik  -  New Philharmonia Orchestra

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