Václav Neumann

Biography

Born: October 29, 1920; Prague, Czech Republic   Died: September 2, 1995; Vienna, Austria  
The career of Czech conductor Václav Neumann was closely tied to the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, for which he served as chief conductor during three separate tenures, totaling 25 years, starting in 1948 and ending in 1993. He also garnered other important podium assignments, including chief conductor of the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig and musical general-director of the Leipzig Opera.

As a child Václav Neumann showed
Read more musical talent early on and by his mid-teens could play the violin with considerable proficiency, if not seasoned mastery. He entered the Prague Conservatory in 1940, where he spent the war years receiving instruction on the violin from Josef Micka. Liked many violinists Neumann also developed impressive skills on the viola during this period. In addition, he studied conducting at the conservatory with Pavel Dedecek and Metod Dolezil. In 1945, Neumann helped found the Smetana Quartet, a group for which he played viola. He also played that instrument as one of the members of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra in the early postwar years. In 1948, he accepted the appointment of conductor of the CPO, but his selection seemed a stopgap one in light of the political instabilities and other difficulties afflicting Prague during this period. Once the services of veteran Czech conductor Karel Ancerl were obtained in 1950, the 33-year-old Neumann had to step down. He took on the post as chief conductor at the Karlovy Vary State Philharmonic Orchestra that same year. He served but three years there, then accepted the music directorship of the Brno Symphony Orchestra in 1954, where he remained for just two seasons. In 1956, he began a lengthy association with the Berlin Comic Opera, where he was a conductor for eight seasons -- two as the company's chief conductor. He stepped down in 1964 and that year accepted the post of chief conductor of the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig. Neumann's first important recordings came during his tenure with Leipzig and included an impressive performance of the Mahler Symphony No. 5, released on Vanguard Records. Because of the invading Soviet troops who had arrived in Prague, Ancerl departed his CPO conducting post in 1968, eventually to serve as music director of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (1970-1973). Ironically, Neumann replaced him, assuming the chief conductor's duties that year. Under his guidance, the CPO, already a world-class orchestra, grew in both ability and prestige. He made numerous successful tours abroad, as well as a number of critically acclaimed recordings over the next two decades, including complete cycles of the symphonies of Mahler and Martinu. From 1970-73, Neumann concurrently served as the musical general director of the Stuttgart Staatsoper. Here and in his earlier opera position in Berlin, Neumann developed a broad repertory that encompassed Janácek (The Cunning Little Vixen was an especial success in Berlin), Mozart (Don Giovanni, Le nozze di Figaro), Wagner (Tristan und Isolde), and Shostakovich (Katerina Ismailova). Although his symphonic output on records was large, he turned out relatively few operatic efforts on disc. Among them was the Janácek pair The Cunning Little Vixen and From the House of the Dead. In 1989, Neumann led protests against the now-weakened Czech Communist government, which helped hasten its collapse later that year. He stepped down as chief conductor of the CPO in 1990, but because of wrangling among orchestra members and other complexities regarding a successor, he returned for one more season in 1992-1993. Read less
Dvorak: Wood Dove; Janacek: Taras Bulbaa / Neumann, Czech Philharmonic
Release Date: 07/31/2015   Label: Arthaus Musik  
Catalog: 109121   Number of Discs: 1
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Biography

Born: October 29, 1920; Prague, Czech Republic   Died: September 2, 1995; Vienna, Austria  
The career of Czech conductor Václav Neumann was closely tied to the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, for which he served as chief conductor during three separate tenures, totaling 25 years, starting in 1948 and ending in 1993. He also garnered other important podium assignments, including chief conductor of the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig and musical general-director of the Leipzig Opera.

As a child Václav Neumann showed
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WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
No. 1. Der Engel (The Angel)
No. 2. Stehe still (Stand Still)
No. 3. Im Treibhaus (In the Hothouse)
No. 4. Schmerzen (Pain)
No. 5. Traume (Dreams)
No. 1. Fruhling (Spring)
No. 2. September
No. 3. Beim Schlafengehen (At Bedtime)
No. 4. Im Abendrot (In the Evening Glow)
No. 1. Nacht
No. 2. Schilflied
No. 3. Die Nachtigall
No. 4. Traumgekront
No. 5. Im Zimmer
No. 6. Liebesode
No. 7. Sommertage
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. Allegro
2. Adagio ma non troppo
3. Finale (Allegro moderato)
1. Allegro
2. Adagio ma non troppo
3. Finale (Allegro moderato)
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
I. Largo - Allegro - Piu mosso - Maestoso (Largo con principo)
II. Largo - Piu Mosso - Doppia valore - Tempo primo
III. Allegro - Agitato - Lento - Stringendo
I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Allegro con spirito
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
Overture
Act I Scene 1: Ah, se intorno a quest'urna funesta (Chorus, Orfeo)
Act I Scene 1: Recitativo: Basta, basta, o compagni (Orfeo)
Act I Scene 1: Ballo
Act I Scene 1: Ah, se intorno a quest'urna funesta (Chorus)
Act I Scene 1: Aria: Chiamo il mio ben cosi (Orfeo)
Act I Scene 1: Recitativo: Euridice, ombra cara (Orfeo)
Act I Scene 1: Aria: Cerco il mio ben cosi (Orfeo)
Act I Scene 1: Recitativo: Euridice, Euridice! (Orfeo)
Act I Scene 1: Aria: Piango il mio ben cosi (Orfeo)
Act I Scene 1: Recitativo: Numi, Barbari Numi (Orfeo)
Act I Scene 2: Recitativo: T'assiste Amore! (Amore, Orfeo)
Act I Scene 2: Aria: Gli sguardi trattieni (Amore)
Act I Scene 2: Recitativo: Che disse? Che ascoltai? (Orfeo)
Act II Scene 1: Ballo
Act II Scene 1: Chi mai dell'Erebo fra le caligini (Chorus)
Act II Scene 1: Ballo
Act II Scene 1: Chi mai dell'Erebo fra le caligini (Chorus)
Act II Scene 1: Deh placatevi con me (Orfeo, Chorus)
Act II Scene 1: Misero giovane, che vuoi, che mediti (Chorus)
Act II Scene 1: Aria: Mille pene (Orfeo)
Act II Scene 1: Ah, quale incognito affetto flebile (Chorus)
Act II Scene 1: Aria: Men tiranne (Orfeo)
Act II Scene 1: Ah, quale incognito affetto flebile (Chorus)
Act II Scene 2: Ballo
Act II Scene 2: Arioso: Che puro ciel (Orfeo, Chorus)
Act II Scene 2: Vieni a' regni del riposo (Chorus)
Act II Scene 2: Ballo
Act II Scene 2: Recitativo: Anime avventurose (Orfeo, Chorus)
Act II Scene 2: Torna, o bella, al tuo consorte (Chorus)
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
I. Andante comodo
II. Im Tempo eines gemachlichen Landlers - Etwas tappisch und sehr derb
III. Rondo-Burleske: Allegro assai
IV. Adagio - Sehr langsam und noch zuruckhaltend


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