- Les Préludes, symphonic poem for orchestra, S. 97 (LW G3)
- Viola Concerto
- Cello Concerto No. 1 in E flat major, Op. 107
This is the last disc in Supraphon's outstanding Karel Ancerl Gold Edition, digital remasterings of the entire catalog of recordings by the great Czech conductor with the Czech Philharmonic. While some volumes in the series have been as close to definitive as any recordings have ever come -- Ancerl's Martinu, Janácek, and even Shostakovich are all superlative -- and some volumes have been merely as good as the best performances ever recorded -- Ancerl's Smetana, Dvorák, and Mahler are all superb -- some of the volumes have simply been discs to fill out the edition -- Ancerl's Kabelác, Hanus, and Vycpálek are just this side of endurable. While this disc is far from the worst in the series -- Hanus' "Salt Is Better Than Gold" ballet holds that dubious distinction -- it is still far from the best. Ancerl's 1964 recording of Liszt's "Les Preludes" is a standard-issue bathetic and bombastic performance; his 1961 recording of Lubor Barta's "Viola Concerto" with soloist Jaroslav Karlovský is dedicated but not particularly convincing; but his 1968 recording of Shostakovich's "First Cello Concerto" with Milos Sadlo is warm, strong, soulful, and completely convincing. Listeners looking to try a recording from the Ancerl edition are advised to try his gut-wrenching recording of Martinu's "Memorial to Lidice" (Volume 34) or his heaven-storming recording of Janácek's "Glagolitic Mass" (Volume 7) or his nerve-wracking recording of Shostakovich's "Seventh" (Volume 23). This volume is only for listeners looking to fill out their collection of Ancerl recordings. Supraphon's digital remastering is a bit dull and a tad drab.