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Janácek: Jealousy, Taras Bulba, Glagolitic Mass / Mackerras, Czech Po

Janacek / Urabanova / Fink / Vodicka / Mackerras
Release Date: 09/27/2005 
Label:  Supraphon   Catalog #: 7009  
Composer:  Leos Janácek
Performer:  Leo Marian VodickaEva UrbanováBernarda FinkPeter Mikulas,   ... 
Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic OrchestraPrague Philharmonic Chorus
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Sir Charles Mackerras and the venerable Czech Philharmonic Orchestra have become somewhat synonymous with the music of Leo? Janá?ek. Together, and with the same choral forces but a different lineup of soloists in the Mass, they have recorded all three of these works previously in audio only format. This DVD assembles recordings made in Dvo?ák Hall Rudolfinum, Prague?the Mass on March 21, 1996, Jealousy and Taras Bulba on May 22, 2003.

These are straightforward, ungimmicked films of actual Read more concert events. Unlike other DVDs of this genre, there are no special features, no bonus tracks, not even the expected audio setup menu for surround-sound playback. It?s no different from going to a live concert. You pay your money and sit there and listen to the music as you watch the musicians sing and play. The advantage (though some might not see it as such) is that you can do this in the comfort and privacy of your own living room, in your bathrobe and hair-curlers, if you like, and with a big bowl of buttered popcorn in your lap. What I am waiting for is three-dimensional, holographic projection technology, where the musicians will appear to be outside the box and right there in the room with you. How far off can it be?

The sound on this disc is of the demonstration quality, phenomenal category. Even through my standard two-speaker stereo setup, I felt like I was in a theater with one of those revved-up, rattle-your-innards sound systems. It was actually a bit scary as the deep bass thundered and the walls shook. The performances, as is to be expected from these estimable forces, are quite stunning. Janá?ek?s music has always had a raw power to shock and shake listeners to their emotional core. Even if you are not particularly keen on watching the show, you can turn the video off and just listen to the audio. These are exceptionally fine performances that happen to be exceptionally well recorded. Definitely worth hearing.

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Works on This Recording

Jealousy by Leos Janácek
Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1894; Brno, Czech Republic 
Taras Bulba by Leos Janácek
Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915-1918; Brno, Czech Republic 
Glagolitic Mass by Leos Janácek
Performer:  Leo Marian Vodicka (Tenor), Eva Urbanová (Soprano), Bernarda Fink (Alto),
Peter Mikulas (Bass), Jan Hora (Organ)
Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra,  Prague Philharmonic Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926; Brno, Czech Republic 

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