Karel Ancerl

Biography

Born: April 11, 1908; Tucapy   Died: July 3, 1973; Toronto, Ontario, Canada  
A distinguished Czech conductor, Karel Ancerl was born in 1908. Having studied conducting and composition at the Prague Conservatory, he was Hermann Scherchen's assistant conductor in a 1931 production of Alois Hába's opera The Mother. Ancerl later studied conducting with Scherchen and worked with Talich. In 1933, Ancerl started conducting for Prague Radio, also establishing himself as a stage conductor. When Nazi Germany occupied Czechoslovakia Read more in 1939, Ancerl was dismissed from his job and interned in concentration camps. The only member of his family to survive concentration camps, Ancerl resumed his career in 1945, conducting the Prague Opera from 1945 to 1948. After directing the Czech Radio Orchestra from 1947 to 1950, Ancerl took over the Czech Philharmonic. During his time with the Czech Philharmonic, Ancerl's career flourished as he took his orchestra all over the world, receiving critical praise for his refined performances of the standard classical repertoire. In addition, he conducted many prominent European orchestras, also serving as guest conductor with the London Philharmonic in 1967. In 1968, when the Soviet Union invaded Czechoslovakia, Ancerl left the country, eventually settling in Toronto. The following year, he became music director of the Toronto Symphony and his impact there was very significant: he expanded the orchestra's repertoire, performing works by important Czech composers, including Smetana, Martinu, and Suk. In addition, Ancerl's impressive recording legacy includes performances of music by Mozart, Brahms, Mahler, and Stravinsky. Ancerl died in 1973. Read less

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Biography

Born: April 11, 1908; Tucapy   Died: July 3, 1973; Toronto, Ontario, Canada  
A distinguished Czech conductor, Karel Ancerl was born in 1908. Having studied conducting and composition at the Prague Conservatory, he was Hermann Scherchen's assistant conductor in a 1931 production of Alois Hába's opera The Mother. Ancerl later studied conducting with Scherchen and worked with Talich. In 1933, Ancerl started conducting for Prague Radio, also establishing himself as a stage conductor. When Nazi Germany occupied Czechoslovakia Read more
WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
I. Adagio - Allegro molto
II. Largo
III. Molto vivace
IV. Allegro con fuoco
I. Stabat Mater dolorosa
II. Quis est homo
III. Eja, Mater, fons amoris
IV. Fac, ut ardeat cor meum
V. Tui Nati vulnerati
VI. Fac, me vere recum flere
VII. Virgo virginum praeclara
VIII. Fac, ut portem Christi mortem
IX. Inflammatus et accensus
X. Quando corpus morietur
I. Allegro moderato
II. Canzonetta
III. Allegro vivacissimo
Symphony Concertante for Organ, Harp, Timpani and Strings, Op. 31: I. Allegro energico
Symphony Concertante for Organ, Harp, Timpani and Strings, Op. 31: II. Poco adagio
Symphony Concertante for Organ, Harp, Timpani and Strings, Op. 31: III. Fuga. Allegro con spirito
The Bartered Bride: Overture
The Bartered Bride: Act I, "Let's rejoice and be merry"
The Bartered Bride: Act I, "So--it will happen as I was told!"
The Bartered Bride: Act I, "As I'm saying, dear fellow"
The Bartered Bride: Act I, "Here she comes, here she comes"
The Bartered Bride: Act I, Polka
The Bartered Bride: Act II, "Surely beer's a gift from heaven"
The Bartered Bride: Act II, Furiant
The Bartered Bride: Act II, "My..my..my mama dear"
The Bartered Bride: Act II, "You must be Ma?enka's bridegroom?"
The Bartered Bride: Act II, "As I say, she's lovely"
The Bartered Bride: Act II, "When you learn whose bride you bartered"
The Bartered Bride: Act II, "People, come inside"
The Bartered Bride: Act III, "I..I can't get it out of my mind"
The Bartered Bride: Act III, "We announce to the public..."
The Bartered Bride: Act III, Dance of the comedians
The Bartered Bride: Act III, "Mr. Principal!"
The Bartered Bride: Act III, "Oh d-dear me!"
The Bartered Bride: Act III, "T-tell me what you want"
The Bartered Bride: Act III, "Oh what a grief, what pain!"
The Bartered Bride: Act III, "My Ma?enka!"
The Bartered Bride: Act III, "So you are still here, young man?"
The Bartered Bride: Act III, "What have you decided, Ma?enka, speak"
The Bartered Bride: Act III, "Save yourselves! The bear is loose!"
1. Toccata
2. Aria I
3. Aria II
4. Capriccio
1. Moderato
2. Allegro
3. Allegretto
4. Andante - Allegro
I. Allegro
II. Adagio un poco moto - attacca:
III. Rondo. Allegro


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