Czech Philharmonic Orchestra

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Active: 1896 - ; Prague, Czech Republic
The Czech Philharmonic Orchestra has a particularly strong reputation in the music of its own country and in French and twentieth century works as well. In 1894, the members of the orchestra of the Czech-speaking National Theater re-formed into the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra. Their first performance was on January 4, 1896, under the baton of Antonin Dvorák. Conductor Vaclav Talich is credited with actually building the CPO into a first-rate Read more ensemble after Czech independence in 1918. Debuting with the orchestra in October 1918, Talich's thrilling premier of Josef Suk's Ripening led to his appointment as principal conductor, a post he held until 1941. During the Second World War and the German occupation, he displayed tremendous perseverance by programming Smetana's symphonic cycle Má Vlast (My Country), and was unjustly persecuted for this even after the liberation. Rafael Kubelik first conducted the Philharmonic at the age of 19 and was engaged as conductor in 1936. From 1937-1939 he led it on its tours of England, Belgium, and Italy. Kubelik was then named principal conductor of the Czech Philharmonic in 1942, establishing himself as a unique musical interpreter. On October 22, 1945, the orchestra lost its independent status when the Soviet-backed government nationalized Czechoslovakia. In 1948 Kubelik fled the country, leading to the brief appointment of Vaclav Neumann as music director, who was then succeeded from 1950-1968 by Karel Ancerl. During Ancerl's tenure the orchestra's repertoire was expanded to include significant works of the twentieth century. At this time the orchestra's numerous recordings gained considerable acclaim, a series of which won prestigious international awards. In 1968 the CPO lost Ancerl, who left for Canada as Russian troops crushed the liberty-minded "Prague Spring" government. Vaclav Neumann was then re-appointed CPO chief conductor, a position he retained until 1990. The backbone of Neumann's repertoire was Czech music, particularly the entire symphonic and oratorio legacy of Antonin Dvorák, and of course Smetana's Má Vlast and the works of Janacek and Martinu, which he approached with special admiration. Neumann's contribution to the interpretation of Mahler's symphonic legacy was also substantial. Fortunately, the majority of his output as conductor has been captured on recordings, which have also won international recognition. In 1989 Neumann spearheaded a protest against the government's continued repression of artists. The orchestra joined the protest, becoming part of a process that brought down the Communist regime. The orchestra played Dvorak's Te Deum on December 29, 1989, in celebration of the election of Vaclav Havel as the Czech Republic's president.

On May 12, 1990, Rafael Kubelik returned from 42 years of exile to lead the orchestra in a thrilling performance of Má Vlast. However, the 1990s were a difficult decade for the orchestra, with numerous disagreements amongst the musicians. In June 1996, Vladimir Valek was finally appointed permanent conductor, but not chief conductor, a post that remained vacant. In January 1997, Vladimir Ashkenazy conducted the orchestra and was soon appointed chief conductor, effective January 1, 1998. He has since devoted himself to a broad range of tours, recordings and special projects with the aim of focusing appropriate attention on this great orchestra with its rich musical tradition. During the 1999-2000 season and coincident with the 10th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution, they appeared together in Europe, Japan, the United States, and South America, performing repertoire at the very heart of the orchestra's history and cultural identity, from Mozart and Mahler to Krasa, Janácek, and Martinu. Read less

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Composers

Biography

Active: 1896 - ; Prague, Czech Republic
The Czech Philharmonic Orchestra has a particularly strong reputation in the music of its own country and in French and twentieth century works as well. In 1894, the members of the orchestra of the Czech-speaking National Theater re-formed into the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra. Their first performance was on January 4, 1896, under the baton of Antonin Dvorák. Conductor Vaclav Talich is credited with actually building the CPO into a first-rate Read more
WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
1. Maestoso - Allegro
2. Adagio di molto
3. Allegretto
4. Finale (Allegro animato)
1. Allegro
2. Adagio ma non troppo
3. Finale (Allegro moderato)
1. Allegro con moto
2. Poco adagio
3. Scherzo (Allegro con brio)
4. Finale (Allegro con fuoco)
1. Allegro ma non troppo - Quasi moderato
2. Adagio, ma non troppo
3. Finale (Allegro giocoso, ma non troppo)
1. Allegro moderato
2. Adagio molto, tempo di marcia
3. Finale (Allegro vivace)
1. Allegro agitato
2. Andante sostenuto
3. Allegro con fuoco
1. Allegro
2. Andante sostenuto e molto cantabile
3. Scherzo (Allegro feroce)
4. Finale (Allegro con brio)
1. Allegro, ma non troppo
2. Andante con moto
3. Scherzo. Allegro scherzando
4. Allegro molto
1. Allegro non tanto
2. Adagio
3. Scherzo (Furiant: Presto)
4. Finale (Allegro con spirito)
1. Allegro maestoso
2. Poco adagio
3. Scherzo (Vivace)
4. Finale (Allegro)
1. Allegro con brio
2. Adagio
3. Allegretto grazioso - Molto vivace
4. Allegro ma non troppo
1. Adagio - Allegro molto
2. Largo
3. Scherzo (Molto vivace)
4. Allegro con fuoco
1. Chor: "Selig sind, die da Leid tragen"
2. Chor: "Denn alles Fleisch, es ist wie Gras"
3. Solo (Bariton) und Chor: "Herr, lehre doch mich"
4. Chor: "Wie lieblich sind deine Wohnungen, Herr Zebaoth!"
5. Solo (Sopran) und Chor: "Ihr habt nun Traurigkeit"
6. Solo (Bariton) und Chor: "Denn wir haben hie keine bleibende Statt"
7. Chor: "Selig sind die Toten, die in dem Herrn sterben"
I. Allegro con brio
II. Adagio
III. Allegretto grazioso - Molto vivace
IV. Allegro ma non troppo
Overture
Herr! Der du bist der Gott (Chorus)
Chorale: Allein Gott in der Hoh' sei Ehr'
Recitative and Duet: Die Menge der Glaubigen (Soprano, Bass)
Dieser Mensch hort nicht auf (Chorus)
Recitative: Und sie sahen auf ihn (Soprano, Tenor, Chorus)
Aria: Jerusalem! Die du totest die Propheten (Soprano)
Recitative: Sie aber sturmten auf ihn ein (Tenor, Chorus)
Recitative: Und sie steinigten ihn (Tenor) - Chorale: Dir, Herr, dir will ich mich ergeben (Chorus)
Recitative: Und die Zeugen legten ab ihre Kleider (Soprano)
Siehe! Wir preisen selig (Chorus)
Recitative: Saulus aber zerstorte die Gemeinde (Tenor) - Aria: Vertilge sie, Herr Zebaoth (Bass)
Recitative: Und zog mit einer Schar (Alto) - Arioso: Doch der Herr vergisst der Seinen nicht (Alto)
Recitative: Und als er auf dem Wege war (Tenor, Bass, Chorus)
Mache dich auf! Werde Licht! (Chorus)
Chorale: Wachet auf! ruft uns die Stimme (Chorus)
Recitative: Die Manner aber, die seine Gefahrten waren (Tenor)
Aria: Gott, sei mir gnadig (Bass)
Recitative: Es war aber ein Junger (Tenor, Soprano)
Aria: Ich danke dir, Herr, mein Gott (Bass, Chorus)
Recitative: Und Ananias ging hin (Soprano, Tenor)
O welch eine Tiefe des Reichtums (Chorus)
Fugue: Der Erdkreis ist nun des Herrn (Chorus)
Recitative: Und Paulus kam (Soprano)
Duet: So sind wir nun Botschafter (Tenor, Bass)
Wie lieblich sind die Boten (Chorus)
Recitative: Und wie sie ausgesandt von dem Heiligen Geist (Soprano) - Arioso: Lasst uns singen von der Gnade (Soprano)
Recitative: Da aber die Juden das Volk sahen (Tenor, Chorus)
Ist das nicht (Chorus) - Chorale: O Jesu Christe (Chorus)
Recitative: Paulus aber und Barnabas sprachen (Tenor, Bass)
Duet: Denn also hat uns der Herr geboten (Bass, Tenor)
Recitative: Und es war ein Mann (Soprano)
Die Gotter sind den Menschen gleich geworden (Chorus)
Recitative: Und nannten Barnabas Jupiter (Soprano)
Seid uns gnadig (Chorus)
Recitative: Da das die Apostel horten (Tenor) - Aria: Ihr Manner - Wisset ihr nicht (Bass) - Aber unser Gott - Wir glauben (Chorus)
Recitative: Da ward das Volk erreget (Soprano)
Hier ist des Herren Tempel (Chorus)
Recitative: Und sie alle verfolgten Paulus (Soprano)
Cavatina: Sei getreu bis in den Tod (Tenor)
Recitative: Paulus sandte hin (Soprano, Bass)
Schone doch deiner selbst (Chorus) - Recitative: Was machet ihr (Bass, Tenor)
Sehet, welch eine Liebe (Chorus)
Recitative: Und wenn er gleich geopfert wird (Soprano)
Nicht aber ihm allein (Chorus)
Violin Concerto In D Opus 35: I Allegro Moderato
Violin Concerto In D Opus 35: II Canzonetta - Andante
3. Allegro vivacissimo
Violin Concerto No. 1 in G Minor Opus 26: I Vorspiel - Allegro moderato
2. Adagio
Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 26: III Finale: Allegro energico
I. Allegro moderato
II. Andante moderato
III. Allegro - Andantino - Tempo I
I. Moderato
II. Andante poco moderato
III. Allegro
Brahms: Triumphlied Op.55 - 1. Halleluja! Heil und Preis
Brahms: Triumphlied Op.55 - 2. Lobet unsern Gott
Brahms: Triumphlied Op.55 - 3. Und ich sah den Himmel aufgetan
I. Allegro
II. Larghetto e spirituoso
III. Allegro
1. Allegro
2. Adagio ma non troppo
3. Finale (Allegro moderato)
Czech Suite, B.93, Op.39: I. Allegro moderato
Czech Suite, B.93, Op.39: II. Allegro grazioso
Czech Suite, B.93, Op.39: III. Allegro giusto
Czech Suite, B.93, Op.39: IV. Andante con moto
Czech Suite, B.93, Op.39: V. Presto
1. Allegro
2. Adagio ma non troppo
3. Finale (Allegro moderato)
Cello Concerto in B minor B191 (Op. 104) (2003 Digital Remaster): I. Allegro
Cello Concerto in B minor B191 (Op. 104) (2003 Digital Remaster): II. Adagio ma non troppo
Cello Concerto in B minor B191 (Op. 104) (2003 Digital Remaster): III. Finale (Allegro moderato)
I. Allegro non troppo
II. Adagio non troppo - L'istesso tempo, ma grazioso
III. Allegretto grazioso (quasi andantino) - Presto ma non assai
IV. Allegro con spirito
Symphony No.4, H305: I Poco moderato - Poco allegro - Allegro
Symphony No.4, H305: II Scherzo. Allegro vivo - Trio. Moderato
Symphony No.4, H305: III Largo
Symphony No.4, H305: IV Poco Allegro
I. Sostenuto - Allegro (schnell, mit Feuer und Kraft)
II. Nicht zu schnell (Scherzando)
III. Adagio
IV. Moderato
I. Sehr lebhaft (Presto die Viertel), ganze Takte
II. Ballade: Sehr gemessen (poco adagio), doch nicht schleppend
III. Rondo: Sehr lebhaft
Introduction and Psalm 114
Sheheheyanu
Children's Dance
The Ten Plagues
And it Was at Midnight
Aria
Psalm 126
He Saved My Soul from Death
God of Right, God of Might
Hymn
I. Sehr massig bewegt
II. Sehr bewegt, rauschend
III. Sehr gedehnt, mit schmerzvollem Ausdruck
I. Allegro ma non troppo
II. Scherzo: Allegro scherzando - Trio: Viel ruhiger
III. Sehr innig und breit - Sehr bewegt - Tempo I
IV. Finale: Moderato
Theme (Andante)
1. C.A.E. (L'istesso tempo)
2. H.D.S.-P. (Allegro)
3. R.B.T. (Allegretto)
4. W.M.B. (Allegro di molto)
5. R.P.A. (Moderato)
6. Ysobel (Andantino)
7. Troyte (Presto)
8. W.N. (Allegretto)
9. Nimrod (Adagio)
10. Intermezzo: Dorabella (Allegretto)
11. G.R.S. (Allegro di molto)
12. B.G.N. (Andante)
13. Romanza *** (Moderato)
14. Finale: E.D.U. (Allegro - Presto)
I. I Ich bin friedlos -
II. Mutter, der junge Prinz -
III. Du bist die Abendwolke -
IV. Sprich zu mir, Geliebter -
V. Befrei' mich von den Branden -
VI. Vollende denn das letzte Lied -
VII. Friede, mein Herz
Prelude
Act I Scene 3: Introduction -
Act I Scene 3: Closing Music
Act II Scene 3: Horch, horch! Die Lerche (Hark, hark, the lark) (Cloten)
Act III: Opening
Act IV: Introduction
Act IV Scene 2: Solemn Music
Act IV Scene 2: Scheust nicht mehr der Sonne Gluhn (Fear no more the heat o' th' sun) (Guiderius, Arviragus)
Act IV: Closing Music
Act V: Introduction
Act V Scene 4: Melodrama: Nicht langer kuhle, Donnergott (No more thou thunder-master) (Sicilius, Mother, Brothers, Jupiter)
Symphony No. 33 in B flat K319 (2005 Digital Remaster): I. Allegro assai
Symphony No. 33 in B flat K319 (2005 Digital Remaster): II. Andante moderato
Symphony No. 33 in B flat K319 (2005 Digital Remaster): III. Menuetto & Trio
Symphony No. 33 in B flat K319 (2005 Digital Remaster): IV. Finale (Allegro assai)
Symphony No. 9 in E minor 'From the New World' B178 (Op. 95) (2002 Digital Remaster): I. Adagio - Allegro molto
Symphony No. 9 in E minor 'From the New World' B178 (Op. 95) (2002 Digital Remaster): II. Largo
Symphony No. 9 in E minor 'From the New World' B178 (Op. 95) (2002 Digital Remaster): III. Scherzo (Molto vivace)
Symphony No. 9 in E minor 'From the New World' B178 (Op. 95) (2002 Digital Remaster): IV. Allegro con fuoco
Symphony No. 6 in F 'Pastoral' Op. 68 (2002 Digital Remaster): I. Allegro ma non troppo (Awakening of cheerful feelings on arriving in the country)
Symphony No. 6 in F 'Pastoral' Op. 68 (2002 Digital Remaster): II. Andante molto moto (Scene by the brook)
Symphony No. 6 in F 'Pastoral' Op. 68 (2002 Digital Remaster): III. Allegro (Merry gathering of the country folk) -
Symphony No. 6 in F 'Pastoral' Op. 68 (2002 Digital Remaster): IV. Allegro (Storm and tempest) -
Symphony No. 6 in F 'Pastoral' Op. 68 (2002 Digital Remaster): V. Allegretto (Shepherds' Song. Happy and thankful feelings after the storm)
No. 1. Vysehrad (The High Castle)
No. 2. Vltava (Moldau)
No. 3. Sarka
No. 4. Z ceskych luhu a haju (From Bohemia's Woods and Fields)
No. 5. Tabor
No. 6. Blanik
1. Moderato
2. Allegro
3. Allegretto
4. Andante - Allegro
Symphonie espagnole Op. 21: I. Allegro non troppo
Symphonie espagnole Op. 21: II. Scherzando (Allegro molto)
Symphonie espagnole Op. 21: III. Intermezzo (Allegretto non troppo)
Symphonie espagnole Op. 21: IV. Andante
Symphonie espagnole Op. 21: V. Rondo (Allegro)
Violin Concerto in A minor B108 (Op. 53): I. Allegro ma non troppo - Quasi moderato
Violin Concerto in A minor B108 (Op. 53): II. Adagio ma non troppo
Violin Concerto in A minor B108 (Op. 53): III. Finale (Allegro giocoso, ma non troppo)
Symphony No. 4 in D Minor, B.41, Op.13: I. Allegro
Symphony No. 4 in D Minor, B.41, Op.13: I. Allegro
Symphony No. 4 in D Minor, B.41, Op.13: II. Andante sostenuto e molto cantabile
Symphony No. 4 in D Minor, B.41, Op.13: II. Andante sostenuto e molto cantabile
Symphony No. 4 in D Minor, B.41, Op.13: III. Scherzo: Allegro feroce
Symphony No. 4 in D Minor, B.41, Op.13: III. Scherzo: Allegro feroce
Symphony No. 4 in D Minor, B.41, Op.13: IV. Finale: Allegro con brio
Symphony No. 4 in D Minor, B.41, Op.13: IV. Finale: Allegro con brio
I. Allegretto
II. Andante
III. Moderato
IV. Allegretto
V. Andante con moto
I. Death of Andrei
II. Death of Ostap
III. Prophecy and Death of Taras Bulba
1. Introitus et Kyrie
2. Graduale
3. Dies irae
4. Offertorium
5. Sanctus
6. Pie Jesu
7. Agnus Dei
Dvorák: Violin Concerto in A minor, Op.53 - 1. Allegro ma non troppo - Quasi moderato
Dvorák: Violin Concerto in A minor, Op.53 - 2. Adagio, ma non troppo
Dvorák: Violin Concerto in A minor, Op.53 - 3. Finale (Allegro giocoso, ma non troppo)
Overture
Hou, hou, hou, stojí mésic nad vodou!
I pekne vitam
Hastrmánku, taticku!
Sem casto prichazi a v objeti mé stoupá
Mesicku na nebi hlubokém
Ta voda studi, studi! Jezibabo! Jezibabo!
Stalerá moudrost tvá vsechno vi
Tvoje moudrost vsechno tusi
Cury mury fuk
Jel mlady lovec, jel a jel
Ustante v lovu, na hrad vrafte se
Sestry, jedna scházi z nás!
Jarku, jarku, klouce milé
U nás v lese strasi
Jiz tyden dlis po boku
Zda na chvili princ vzpomene si prec
Slavnosti hudba - balet
Cely svet neda ti, neda
Kvetiny bile po ceste
Rusalko, znas mne, znas?
Vidis je, vidis? Jsou tu zas
Necitelná vodní moci
Aj, aj? Uz jsi se navrátila
Vyrvána zivotu v hlubokou samotu
Ze se bojís? Tresky, plesky
Mám, zlaté vlásky mám
Bílá moje lani! Bílá moje lani!
Milácku, znás mne, znás?
Líbej mne, líbej, mír mi prej
My Country (Má Vlast) - Moldau I. Vysehrad
My Country (Má Vlast) - Moldau II. Vltava (Moldau)
My Country (Má Vlast) - Moldau III. Sárka
My Country (Má Vlast) - Moldau IV. From Bohemia's Woods and Fields
My Country (Má Vlast) - Moldau V. Tábor
My Country (Má Vlast) - Moldau VI. Blaník
Sinfonietta (1926): I. Allegretto
Sinfonietta (1926): II. Andante
Sinfonietta (1926): III. Moderato
Sinfonietta (1926): IV. Allegretto
Sinfonietta (1926): V. Allegro
Taras Bulba, Rhapsody for Orchestra (1915-16): I. The Death of Andri
Taras Bulba, Rhapsody for Orchestra (1915-16): II. The Death of Ostap
Taras Bulba, Rhapsody for Orchestra (1915-16): III. The Prohphecy and the Death of Taras Bulba
I. Allegro, ma non troppo
II. Andante con moto -
III. Andante con moto, quasi l'istesso tempo
IV. Finale: Allegro motlo
I. Engelkonzert: Ruhig bewegt
II. Grablegung: Sehr langsam
III. Versuchung des heiligen Antonius: Sehr langsam, frie im Zeitmass - Sehr lebhaft
I. Massig, schnell
II. Grazioso
III. Rondo: Ziemlich schnell
Part I: Massig schnell, mit Kraft -
Part I: Sehr breit, aber stets fliessend
Part II: Lebhaft -
Part II: Langsam -
Part II: Im ersten Zeitmass
I. Allegro maestoso
II. Poco adagio
III. Scherzo: Vivace
IV. Finale: Allegro
I. Poco moderato
II. Allegro vivo - Trio: Moderato - Allegro vivo
III. Largo
IV. Poco allegro
I. Allegro non tanto
II. Adagio
III. Scherzo [Furiant]: Presto - Trio: Poco meno mosso
IV. Finale: Allegro con spirito - Presto
I. Allegretto
II. Andante
III. Moderato
IV. Allegretto
V. Andante con moto
I. Lento - Allegro
II. Poco Allegro
III. Lento
I. Allegro moderato
II. Andante moderato
III. Allegro - Andantino - Tempo I
I. Moderato
II. Andante poco moderato
III. Allegro
I. Moderato
II. Scherzo: Allegro - Trio: Poco moderato
III. Largo
IV. Allegro non troppo
I. Poco allegro
II. Largo
III. Allegro
Stabat Mater dolorosa (Soprano, Contralto, Tenor, Bass, Chorus)
Quis est homo, qui non fleret (Soprano, Contralto, Tenor, Bass)
Eja, Mater, fons amoris (Chorus)
Fac, ut ardeat cor meum (Bass, Chorus)
Inflammatus et accensus (Contralto)
Quando corpus morietur (Soprano, Contralto, Tenor, Bass, Chorus)
Psalm 149, Op. 79
Psalm 149, Op. 79


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